The Uttar Pradesh government’s move to withdraw the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riot cases has hit a roadblock with the local district administration opposing it on administrative grounds. The government, which had elicited the views of the administration on the riot cases, has been told by Muzaffarnagar District Magistrate Rajiv Sharma that it was not right on administrative grounds. “We have probed all aspects of the cases and have sent a report to the government… We have also given our views on the basis of the police and prosecution reports that withdrawal of cases would not be right from the administrative point of view,” Mr. Sharma said. Some senior BJP lawmakers, among others, have been named in several cases related to the 2013 riots in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli. The move to withdraw the cases was set in motion in February last year after a BJP delegation met U.P. Chief Minister Yogi Aditynath. BJP MLA Sangeet Som, also named in the case, said that justice would be done. “The fake cases framed during the then Samajwadi Party government will be withdrawn.” The Adityanath government had written to the district officials, asking them for a detailed report on the status of cases against BJP leaders accused of making provocative speeches and inciting riots in Muzaffarnagar in 2013. The lawmakers have been accused of violating prohibitory orders and stopping public servants from doing their duties.
Newly acquired guards Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade could have filled the gaps, but it seems like age and injuries have caught up with them.The team is also missing the services of proven scorer and playmaker Isaiah Thomas, who continues to be out with a hip injury. The diminutive point guard is expected to return to action in the coming months.Despite the early struggles, James assures the Cavs’ return to form as the season progresses.“I’m in win mode still,” he said. Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 WATCH: LeBron James, Cavaliers take NYC subway John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next View comments De la Hoya: I’d take McGregor in two LATEST STORIES MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC At 32, James is once again left to shoulder the load for his hometown squad, particularly the massive void in terms of play making.“It’s been a while since I’ve had that clear-cut guy who can get guys involved but also score at the same time,” the three-time NBA champion told Howard Beck of Bleacher Report. “But it’s fine. It’s something that our team will make an adjustment to.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAfter seven straight NBA Finals appearances, James continues to dominate with his beastly numbers this season, with averages of 28.1 points and 7.6 rebounds.The absence of another dependable facilitator also has him averaging career highs in assists, at 8.8 per game. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) slaps hands with forward Jae Crowder (99) and guard JR Smith (5) after he was fouled during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, in Washington. The Cavaliers won 130-122. AP/Nick WassAlthough LeBron James will not admit it outright, it certainly seems like he misses playing alongside Kyrie Irving.With several key players out nursing injuries, the Cleveland Cavaliers have struggled right out of the gate, currently sitting at 9th place in the Eastern Conference with a 7-7 record.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort
For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES And it was a job well done for the Marcelinos, who followed coach Topex Robinson’s instructions to a tee to preserve the Pirates’ 4-0 slate.“That’s our job; when we have an opponent who’s scoring, I’ll be the one to guard him,” said Jayvee in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsJaycee added: “Coach told us to guard (Salado) and not let him get away. We just put the effort on defense. We didn’t think about the points because we knew that they will come. Our job is really the defense.”Salado was limited to a season-low of 11 points, seven rebounds, and four assists, an obvious drop from his usual numbers of 21.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 5.0 assists this season. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Perlas Pilipinas falls to South Korea, faces China in QF Google unveils motion-sensing Pixel 4 PLAY LIST 02:34Google unveils motion-sensing Pixel 402:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9302:00NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next However, the Marcelinos won’t deny that stopping Salado was a challenge like no other, given the speed of the lead Chief.“It really was tough because it’s the first time we faced him. It was hard to stop him, but it was a challenge for us and we enjoyed defending a known player,” said Jayvee.Robinson was glad to see players like the Marcelinos step up to the task as he continues to challenge the rest of his crew.“I always challenge these players. They know that this is an opportunity for them to really showcase their talent,” he said. “We always try to remember where they were before, on what happened to them before they got to Lyceum. So we’re just making sure that they’re motivated, they want to really prove and try to win for the team.”Lyceum stakes its 4-0 record against Mapua on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Marcelino twins, Jaycee and Jayvee. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTwins Jaycee and Jayvee Marcelino take serious pride in their defense that both consider it as mission accomplished when they took turns defending Kent Salado on Tuesday.Tasked to pester the Arellano’s ace, the Lyceum brothers did their job to the best of their abilities to help the Pirates pull off the decisive 99-65 victory.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo
Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics The star guard was entering the final year of a $100 million, three-year deal. But now he’ll bypass free agency next summer, and the short-term deal helps the Raptors keep the flexibility many teams will want going into what’s likely to be a massive free-agent summer of 2021.Lowry is entering his 14th NBA season and his eighth with the Raptors, making him the longest-tenured player on the roster. He’s been an All-Star the last five seasons. He averaged 14.2 points and a career-best 8.7 assists last season while helping Toronto win its first NBA title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manLowry said last month that winning one championship has whetted his appetite for another.“I’m motivated even more than ever now,” he said. “When you get a taste of it, you always want it.” View comments MOST READ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? This jewelry designer is also an architect Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win PLAY LIST 01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Becoming his own man Toronto Raptors’ Kyle Lowry poses during a photo shoot at the Raptors Media day in Toronto, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019.(Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors have agreed on a $31 million, one-year extension that could keep him with the NBA champions through the 2020-21 season.Agent Mark Bartelstein on Monday confirmed the agreement, which was first reported by ESPN. Lowry and the Raptors had been talking for some time about this, so the extension was not unexpected.ADVERTISEMENT He has been gratified by the Raptors’ success.“I’ve been through the ups and downs,” he said. “I was able to help bring a championship here, from the time when they were talking about tanking for certain players. I’m not saying I’m the sole reason but I feel like I have a big part of it.”Lowry has been dealing with the aftereffects of offseason thumb surgery. It kept him from playing for USA Basketball at this summer’s World Cup, and he isn’t playing in the Raptors’ preseason games this week in Japan against Houston.But at media day last month, Lowry suggested he’ll be ready for the regular season. The Raptors get their championship rings Oct. 22 before facing New Orleans in the opener.“I’m going to slow-roll it and make sure I’m fully ready to go when it’s time to go,” Lowry said.ADVERTISEMENT Crucial outing DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES
After Indian opener Rohit Sharma guided Mumbai Indians to yet another Indian Premier League (IPL) title, his wife Ritika Sajdeh has congratulated him and the entire team on bringing the cup back home.Posting a picture of her with Rohit on her Instagram account, Ritika said that she has seen him going through possibly the hardest six months of his life and coming out stronger, faster and more determined than ever.”It’s not just because you captained your team to yet another IPL title, but the fact that I’ve seen you go through possibly the hardest 6 months of your life and come out stronger, faster and more determined than ever. You’re the strongest person I know and I am so so so proud of you. Congratulations to you and all your boys on bringing the cup back home @rohitsharma45,” she wrote.Rohit might be a proud captain after having inspired Mumbai Indians to a one-run win over Rising Pune Supergiant in the summit clash to take the trophy home for the third time, but he had headed into the tournament after four-month injury break and was out of action since November 2016.Sharma was forced to rule himself out of India’s Test, ODI and T20 triumphs against England, having undergone a thigh surgery in London after suffering an injury in the final ODI against New Zealand last year. Rohit was also not included in the team for the lone Test against Bangladesh which India won by 208 runs.He was also not picked up for the first two Tests of the four-match series against Australia that followed.advertisement
Argentinian tennis player Juan Martin del Potro, whose career has been plagued by injuries, has confirmed his participation for the next week’s second major of the season-French Open.The 28-year-old’s approval for the Roland Garros event comes despite shoulder and back problems.Del Potro, who won the US Open in 2009, has not played in the French Open since 2012 when he reached the quarter-finals before losing to Roger Federer.He instead spent lengthy periods off court battling wrist injuries which also pushed him on the brink of retirement.Jubilant to make a return to Paris after five long years, del Potro said that the upcoming tournament is extremely important and that he is looking forward to perform well, Sport24 reported.”I’m very happy to return to Paris after five years. I’m going to play this tournament again which is really nice and very important. I hope to be in good condition,” del Potro said in an interview to leading sports TV channel.”For me these days are for preparation, to know how my body is, how I adapt to this tournament. I haven’t played for almost five years and I hope to be well on the day I play,” he added.Del Potro, who slumped to a 6-7 (0), 4-6 defeat to 125th-ranked Gastao Elias in the second round of the Lyon Open, underwent tests in Paris before making a decision on whether to play the second Grand Slam of the season.The French Open is slated to be held from May 28 and runs till June 11.advertisement
England all-rounder Ben Stokes has been reprimanded for his outburst in the ongoing second Test against West Indies, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Sunday.Stokes, who top-scored in England’s first innings with a brisk 100, received one demerit point for reacting in frustration after being edged to the boundary by Shai Hope, who will continue on 147 when play resumes on Sunday.Stokes subsequently admitted to making “an inappropriate comment” which was clearly audible through the stump microphone and also heard by the match officials, the ICC said in a statement.The 26-year-old now has three demerit points and one more in the 24-month period would mean they would be converted into suspension points.Two suspension points equate to a ban from one Test or two one-day or two Twenty20 internationals, whatever comes first.England won the opening match of the three-test series by an innings and 209 runs but West Indies go into the third day of the second contest with a 71-run lead and five first innings wickets remaining.
NICOSIA— A Cyprus court has ordered the head of the country’s referees association to remain in police custody for three days because of allegations he tried to influence the outcome of a first-division match nearly three years ago.Cyprus police spokesman Andreas Angelides said that the 54-year-old official faces corruption charges in connection with the match between Aris Limassol and Paralimni in April 2012.On Jan. 8, a former member of the Cyprus Football Association refereeing committee was detained for four days on suspicion that he tried to influence the outcome of lower-league matches as well as under-21 games four years ago.The arrests happened after top ref Marios Panayi publicly came forward with match-rigging allegations that prompted Cyprus FA chief Costakis Koutsokoumnis to admit that the first division was plagued by the problem.TweetPinShare0 Shares
The suspension saga involving Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul took another twist on Saturday after BCCI acting president CK Khanna refused to convene a Special General Meeting (SGM) for the appointment of an ombudsman as the matter is sub-judice. Pandya and Rahul have been suspended pending an inquiry for their sexist comments on a TV chat show and the matter is pending in the Supreme Court.The Committee of Administrators running the BCCI wants Supreme Court to appoint an ombudsman to decide the fate of Pandya and Rahul. Around 14 state units, mainly former BCCI president N Srinivasan’s loyalists, had requested Khanna to convene an emergent SGM, which needs to be called in 10 days.Treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry also wrote to Khanna requesting for an early SGM, so that board members can take a call on the appointment of ombudsman. Khanna, in his reply, made it clear that since the matter is sub-judice, he would like to wait.”As per constitution of the BCCI, an ombudsman can be appointed at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). And moreover the matter (appointment of ombudsman) is already sub-judice,” Khanna replied to Chaudhry.Khanna also sought BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary’s view and he also quoted article 40 of the new constitution on the appointment of ombudsman.”Why would Khanna or Amitabh sign the notice for convening Special General Meeting when the matter is in Supreme Court. There would be a risk of Contempt of Court,” a senior BCCI official privy to the development told PTI on conditions of anonymity.advertisementHowever, the official agreed that CoA chief Vinod Rai shouldn’t have vetoed co-member Diana Edulji and taken a call on quantum of suspension for the two suspended cricketers.”As per protocol, Mr Rai sought Diana’s suggestion but he could easily overrule her view of getting a legal opinion, which started this mess. He (Rai) could have easily done what he did in the women’s coach selection case,” the official observed.The acting president has written a letter to COA, requesting them to let Pandya and Rahul play till quantum of punishment is decided.”I urge for a meeting/discussion between Committee of Administrators and the office bearers to resolve this issue on priority,” Khanna wrote. “What Mr. Hardik Pandya said and Mr. K.L. Rahul acted as a by-stander to is inappropriate and absolutely wrong, but in my personal opinion, to treat them like lawbreakers is wrong too,” he wrote.”They made a mistake, and they have already been suspended and called back from the series against Australia. They have also submitted an unconditional apology.”For the interest of the Indian cricket in mind, the deplorable off ground activity of the players requires immediate corrective action but we must not keep their careers in limbo,” said Khanna.The acting president then suggested that pending inquiry, they should be brought back on to the field.”I suggest that pending inquiry we reinstate both the cricketers into the Indian squad immediately and allow them to join the team in New Zealand at the earliest.”Both these cricketers need game time before the World Cup which starts in four months time. We should give these growing cricketers chance to correct themselves morally,” he signed off.Also Read | How Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul got into trouble for Koffee with Karan: A timelineAlso Read | Hardik Pandya spotted with Krunal at Mumbai airport after Koffee with Karan controversyAlso Read | Sourav Ganguly on Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul: They made a mistake because they are humanAlso Read | Hardik Pandya loses Khar Gymkhana honorary membership for Koffee with Karan controversy
MADISON, WI – NOVEMBER 11: Head coach Kirk Ferentz of the Iowa Hawkeyes waits with his team prior to a game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)The Iowa Hawkeys head into the 2019 season hoping to build on a strong end to the last one. Let’s take a look at Iowa’s 2019 football schedule and how it stacks up for them.The first game on the slate will be a home opener against Miami (OH) at Kinnick Stadium on August 31. The RedHawks are coming off a 6-6 season that saw them on the outside looking in during bowl season.Week 2 will also take place at home, and will be Iowa’s first Big Ten test when they host Rutgers on September 7. The two sides have only faced each other once – back in 2016 – with the Hawkeyes winning 14-7.The Cy-Hawk trophy will be on the line in Week 3 as the Hawkeyes visit in-state rival Iowa State on September 14. Iowa’s last game in September will be against Middle Tennessee of Conference USA on September 28.Toren’s face says it all! Happy to be back for spring ball | #Hawkeyes pic.twitter.com/kW6wzNzruh— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) March 27, 2019October will begin the meat of Iowa’s Big Ten Conference schedule. Here’s the Hawkeyes’ full slate:Aug. 31: vs. Miami (OH) Sept. 7: vs. Rutgers Sept. 14: at Iowa State Sept. 28: vs. Middle Tennessee Oct. 5: at Michigan Oct. 12: vs. Penn State Oct. 19: vs. Purdue Oct. 26: at Northwestern Nov. 9: at Wisconsin Nov. 16: vs. Minnesota Nov. 23: vs. Illinois Nov. 29: at NebraskaIt’s a schedule that will keep Iowa pretty close to home. The Hawkeyes will get seven games at home, another game within driving distance, and four other games that should prove a pretty easy commute.
Next Nokia 7.2, 6.2, new feature phones to launch today at IFA 2019: Specs to expect, livestream linkHMD Global plans to launch a slew of Nokia phones at its debut IFA 2019 event later today that is expected to include the Nokia 7.2 and 6.2 smartphones.advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiSeptember 5, 2019UPDATED: September 5, 2019 13:18 IST Nokia 7.2 and 6.2 are expected to bring a triple camera setup in a circular module.HIGHLIGHTSHMD Global is expected to unveil the Nokia 7.2, 6.2 and new feature phones today at IFA 2019.The Nokia launch event is set to begin at 7:30pm IST and you can catch the livestream on Nokia’s Facebook page.Nokia 7.2 and 6.2 are expected to bring triple rear cameras in a circular module and upgraded hardware.Nokia 7.2 and 6.2 are expected to launch today as HMD looks to make a big splash at its first IFA 2019 appearance. Much like the MWC 2019 event earlier this year, HMD is expected to launch a slew of new Nokia phones at IFA 2019. The Nokia event will begin at 4pm in Berlin, so people in India can tune into the livestream at 7:30pm IST on Nokia’s official Facebook page. The event is widely expected to see the launch of the Nokia 7.2 and Nokia 6.2 smartphones as well as some new feature phones.Based on what rumours and leaks have told us so far, HMD Global will unveil the successors to the Nokia 6.1 and Nokia 7.1 phones. The Nokia 6.2 and 7.2 will be mid-range smartphones with a new design language and upgraded hardware compared to their predecessors. Based on some images seen in the past, the phones are expected to feature a circular camera module on the back, which will remind folks of the Lumia days.The circular module will likely see a triple camera system which may include a 48MP sensor. Recent rumours also say that the Nokia 7.2 and Nokia 6.2 will sport waterdrop displays much like the Nokia 4.2 and 3.2. Not much is known about the processors yet, but it is being suggested that one of them will get a Snapdragon 660 SoC. HMD will officially announce the specifications and prices of the two Nokia smartphones.The company is also planning to launch new feature phones as well, but the exact details about these devices are still under wraps. HMD Global chief Juho Sarvikas has teased a new version of the iconic Nokia 3310 as the feature phone turns 19 this year, so you can look forward to that.advertisementThe Nokia 7.2 and 6.2, and possibly some new feature phones, are expected to come to India on September 11 as HMD has sent out invites for a launch event. We will know more about HMD’s new lineup of Nokia devices later today starting 7:30pm so stay tuned to our coverage on that.ALSO READ | Nokia 8.1 at Rs 15,999 is worth buying right now and here are 5 reasons whyALSO READ | Nokia 7.2, 6.2 India launch expected on September 11 as HMD sends out invitesGet 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 bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow nokia
New Delhi: Reacting over the blatant violation of Jawaharlal Nehru University Entrance Examination ( JNUEE) admission policy, the students’ leader demanded the transparency, seeking a judicial enquiry into the paper leak of BA cluster one JNUEE. Moreover, the students’ leader also demanded that National Test Agency should be removed from conducting JNUEE. Speaking over the malpractice at the JNUEE, Vishnu Prasad K, Councillor, School of International Studies, raiseed questions over the pattern of the admission procedure. Vishnu said that aspirants are demanding the transparency in the online entrance exam for UG exam. He also alleged that the JNU admin is not revealing the scored marks of the applicants, it’s their right to know what marks they obtained during the entrance exam.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the CBI to produce evidence to its satisfaction to revoke an earlier order barring custodial interrogation of former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in the Saradha scam. The court said the Central Bureau of Investigation has to prove before the court that Kumar has a role to play in either suppression or disappearance of the evidence in the case. It also sought direct evidence from the CBI on Kumar’s involvement, especially the data on laptop, mobile phones, or diaries which allegedly contained information on payments made to influential people in ensuring destruction of evidence. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi saying affidavit was not enough, said: “Give us, show us from records that this person is involved.. On what basis? You can give us evidence tomorrow. “We want you to satisfy us that he had a role to play in disappearance and suppression of evidence.” The court directed the CBI to submit an affidavit with all the details in the court by Wednesday.
“The Bolivarian [Venezuelan] Revolution plans to contribute to the rebuilding of the structure and agenda of the United Nations, which reflects the existing and unjust power relationships in the world,” Permanent Representative Jorge Valero told the Assembly.“This forum – as it is today – helps to reproduce those unjust relations inherited from the Second World War, becoming more exclusive and authoritarian as neo-liberal globalization advances.He cited what he called the United States’ flouting of the overwhelming demand to end its economic blockade of Cuba and Israel’s refusal to comply with dozens of Council and Assembly resolutions as “two poignant examples that show this unfair and irrational world power architecture.”A strategy to weaken the Assembly and exclude it from the most relevant world decisions, is being implemented while the Security Council progressively increases its power and influence on the UN agenda, and takes over subjects beyond the purview conferred to it by the UN Charter, he said.“The rebuilding of the United Nations involves strengthening the General Assembly in the field of international peace and security,” he added, noting that for almost 20 years discussions have been going on about Council reform and strengthening the Assembly, but almost nothing has been achieved.“Venezuela proposes to suspend the right of veto enjoyed by only five members of the United Nations [China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and US]. This remnant of the Second World War is incompatible with the principle of sovereign equality of States. Venezuela also proposes an increase of the membership of the Security Council in its permanent and non-permanent categories. Why are developing countries deprived of the right to partake in this forum?”He also called for all States to propose candidates for the UN Secretariat to democratize the election. “In line with democratic principles and transparency, Member States must participate in both the nomination and in the appointment of this senior official. Thus, States would be free to choose among several alternatives,” he said.“The rebuilding of the United Nations also demands that the responsibilities in matters of international peace and security be fully exercised by the General Assembly as enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations.” 29 September 2010Venezuela today called for wholesale reform of the United Nations – suspending veto rights of the five permanent Security Council members, enlarging the 15-member body, strengthening the General Assembly and opening up the election of Secretary-General.
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed higher Tuesday as traders hoped that a two-day meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve will yield some guidance on the future of the central bank’s stimulus measures.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,367.46 +78.56 0.64%S&P 500 — 1,651.81 +12.77 0.78%Dow — 15,318.23 +138.38 0.91%Nasdaq — 3,482.18 +30.05 0.87%The S&P/TSX composite index gained 78.56 points to 12,367.46 but the market was held back by declines in mining stocks amid falling prices for gold and copper.The Canadian dollar was lower amid a stronger greenback, down 0.32 of a cent at 97.94 cents US.U.S. indexes were also higher as traders looked to data showing that U.S. builders began construction on more single-family homes and apartments in May.The Dow Jones industrials jumped 138.38 points to 15,318.23, the Nasdaq composite index gained 30.05 points to 3,482.18 and the S&P 500 index added 12.77 points to 1,651.81.The U.S. Commerce Department says builders increased housing starts by 6.8% last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 914,000, below expectations of 950,000. That followed a 14.8% decline in April from March, which had the highest seasonally adjusted rate in five years.Applications for building permits fell 3.1% in May to a seasonally adjusted 974,000. That’s still close to the five-year high hit in April.Other data showed that the consumer price index ticked up a seasonally adjusted 0.1% last month, only the second increase in seven months.Market players are wondering if the Fed feels that the U.S. economy could be at a point where the central bank can start to slowly let up on its program of bond purchases, which has been aimed at keeping interest rates and yields low. The program, involving the purchase of US$85 billion of bonds every month, has also helped fuel a strong rally on stock markets that has seen the Dow industrials surge about 15% year to date.Markets have been volatile since late May when Fed chairman Ben Bernanke first mooted the possibility of the central bank tapering its bond purchases. Triple-digit moves have become almost commonplace as traders grapple with whether the Fed will cut back and if so, when and by how much.“It’s nervousness, fear of the unknown,” said Ian Nakamoto, director of research at MacDougall, MacDougall and MacTier.“People don’t know if the economy is strong enough to withdraw some of the stimulus. If there was a good sense that we don’t need any more of this stimulus I don’t think we would be as nervous. But obviously there are investors out there that are questioning that.”Investors were also spooked by an opinion piece in the Financial Times on Monday that said Bernanke will use a news conference Wednesday to signal the bank will start to cut back on its bond purchases each month.The tech component was ahead 1.6% with BlackBerry (TSX:BB) ahead 53 cents to $15.13 after RBC Dominion Securities boosted its outlook for the company, predicting a profit this fiscal year instead of a loss thanks to stronger-than-expected shipments of its new BlackBerry 10 devices. RBC analysts Mark Sue and Paul Treiber raised their BlackBerry 10 shipment forecasts to 3.5 million units for the fiscal first quarter, from their previous forecast of 2.75 million.The consumer discretionary sector was also up 1.6% and Tim Hortons (TSX:THI) rose $2.17 or four% to $56.05 after New York-based hedge fund Scout Capital Management upped its ownership stake in the Canadian restaurant chain to 5.5% with a view to putting pressure on management to make changes to boost profitability.The telecom sector was up 1.2% with Telus Corp. (TSX:T) ahead 51 cents to $35.44.Commodity prices were mixed with the July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange up 67 cents to US$98.44 a barrel.The energy sector was also ahead 1.2% as Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) rose 51 cents to C$31.75.The financial sector climbed 0.7% and Manulife Financial (TSX:MFC) improved by 36 cents to $16.39.The industrials sector also provided lift as Canadian National Railways (TSX:CNR) advanced $1.56 to $101.24.Transport giant Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) announced that it has received an order worth up to US$1.035 billion from VistaJet, which operates a fleet of private business aircraft. VistaJet placed firm orders for 20 Challenger 350s and acquired options for 20 more of Bombardier’s long-range business jets during the second day of the Paris Air Show, a major event for the aviation industry. Its shares slipped 14 cents to $4.56.The gold sector led decliners, down about three% as August bullion gave back $16.20 to US$1,366.90 an ounce. Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) faded 51 cents to C$19.24.The metals and mines sector dropped 1.1% while July copper fell four cents to US$3.15 a pound. Lundin Mining (TSX:LUN) shed 16 cents to C$4.20.In other corporate news, Hudson’s Bay Company (TSX:HBC) says its current president, Bonnie Brooks, has been named to the position of vice-chairman and Liz Rodbell, its executive vice-president and chief merchant, has been promoted to president. Its shares were off 52 cents to $16.23. Here’s what investors were reading todayTalk of Fed tapering reveals emerging market bubbleLive from the Paris Air Show: Bombardier books over $1.4-billion in orders, but CSeries sales still on the tarmacSun Life signs ‘game-changing’ deal to take on Wheat Board’s pension riskAnother U.S. hedge fund is turning up the heat on Tim HortonsON DECK WEDNESDAYCANADA8:30 a.m.Wholesale trade (April): Economists expect 0.3% rise 12:25 p.m.Bank of Canada’s new Governor Stephen Poloz speaks in Oakville UNITED STATES2 p.m.U.S. Federal Open Market Committee announces rate decision 2:30 p.m.Fed chairman Ben Bernanke holds quarterly press briefing CORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESFedEx Q4 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.97 a share Red Hat Inc Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 31¢ a share
CALGARY — In an industry that lives and dies by the weather, farmers like Dwight Foster are looking for all the help they can get to know what’s coming.“We use every tool in the toolbox we can get our hands on to try and figure out what’s going on,” said Foster, co-owner of North Gower Grains south of Ottawa.With about 25 farms to manage, he has signed up with a service that plants weather stations throughout his properties that tell him whether the wind is calm enough to spray his fields or if it’s dry enough to till the earth.“It’s more high-tech than ever. We have weather stations on our farms, they’re telling us wind speed, wind direction, temperatures high and low, rainfall amounts on almost every one of our farms.”Farmers like Foster are on a never-ending quest for more detailed weather forecasts as they try to increase yields on larger plots while contending with more extreme weather, such as the record rains that have drenched parts of southern Ontario this year, or the droughts that have left vast fields bone dry in Saskatchewan.Foster said he installed the weather station system upon the encouragement of seed companies, since knowing exactly how much rain has fallen allows him to buy specific seeds, depending on the conditions.That kind of data could prove especially useful this year, with some of Foster’s farms soaked with triple the rainfall compared with last year. Environment Canada says the Ottawa area is on track for its wettest year.In Saskatchewan, Todd Lewis is dealing with the opposite problem. The area south of Regina where he farms has been struggling with some of the driest months on record.Lewis uses a service that sets up personalized weather stations to better manage the grains and pulses on his family farm. At roughly 4,500 hectares, the operation is part of an overall trend that saw the average farm size increase almost 13 per cent between 2006 and 2016.He said field-level information helps him make decisions around harvest time, like whether to keep working a few extra hours before an oncoming rainfall or assessing if weaker crops were caused by parched soil.He said he has noticed improvements in both the short- and long-term forecasts — even if he doesn’t like what they predict.“The long-range forecasting, unfortunately this year they’ve been kind of correct,” he said.“They predicted dry and it’s been dry. So sometimes you wish they were wrong.”Despite the better data, Lewis said there is still a degree of uncertainty when it comes to knowing what Mother Nature will bring.“Anything outside of a week, you’re going to be pretty skeptical about it.”Precision agriculture companies are, however, hoping to reduce that gap with the reams of information they’re collecting.“I think every farmer, at the top of their wish list, would be better seasonal forecasts so they can know what to expect,” said Andy Nadler, product manager at Farmers Edge.The company, along with Canadian competitors like Weather Innovations Consulting and a growing field of international rivals, are trying to use new ways to crunch data to help guide farmers.Nadler said Farmers Edge is learning from the more than 3,000 weather stations it has installed since starting to offer them about three years ago. It charges about $2 an acre (0.4 hectares) for its data management service.Farmers shouldn’t expect any breakthrough, however, on long-term weather forecasting, said Drew Lerner, president of Kansas-based World Weather Inc. and a practising meteorologist for 38 years.“Long-range forecasting is an art, and it is a very risky thing to do,” said Lerner. “It really does come down to a great deal of prayer.“There’s too much going on, too much chaos in the atmosphere â¦ it is not a solvable equation. All we can do is get better at estimating.”
LUXEMBOURG — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):11:35The French minister for Europe says EU countries are ready to discuss new proposals from Britain for a new Brexit deal if they protect Northern Ireland’s peace deal and the bloc’s common market.Speaking ahead of a meeting of EU ministers in Brussels, Amelie de Montchalin said it is essential that any amendment to the current proposed divorce deal should uphold the Good Friday Agreement, the treaty that ended decades of conflict in Northern Ireland.Montchalin said “if some people have proposals to make — as the United Kingdom has hinted — we are ready to listen to them.”The main sticking point over a deal is the so-called backstop, a mechanism which would require Britain to retain some EU rules in order to avoid a hard border between EU member Ireland and the U.K.’s Northern Ireland.Montchalin said “the backstop is an insurance policy. If we can’t find anything better, it’s a way to organize ourselves in order to protect peace in Ireland and the common market.”___10:10 a.m.British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is holding his first meeting with European Union chief Jean-Claude Juncker in search of a longshot Brexit deal.European Commission President Juncker and Johnson are holding talks Monday over a lunch of snails and salmon in Luxembourg.Johnson says the U.K. will leave the EU on the scheduled Oct. 31 date, with or without a withdrawal agreement. But he insists he can strike a revised divorce deal with the bloc in time for an orderly departure. The agreement made by his predecessor, Theresa May, was rejected three times by Britain’s Parliament.Johnson said in a newspaper column Monday that he believes “passionately” that a deal can be achieved. But the EU says it is still waiting for firm proposals from the U.K.The Associated Press
“The idea is to really find ways of moving forward so that we can begin to start some of these processes, perhaps at a technical level, but also (to) address some of the substantive issues,” Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari said in announcing that the Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders, H.E Tassos Papadopoulos and H.E Mehmet Ali Talat, had accepted his invitation to the meeting. “The status quo is not sustainable and is not desirable,” Mr. Gambari told reporters. “The Secretary-General remains committed to do the best he can in the remaining time that is available to him as Secretary-General of the United Nations to try to make this process move forward.” Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who leaves office on 31 December, had led earlier talks seeking a comprehensive settlement but these failed in April 2004 when 65 per cent of Turkish Cypriots voted in favour of the plan but 76 per cent of Greek Cypriots voted against it. Mr. Gambari conferred with the two leaders separately yesterday. Tomorrow’s meeting is scheduled to take place at the residence of Mr. Annan’s Special Representative in Cyprus, Michael Moller. On his return to New York, Mr. Gambari will give Mr. Annan a set of recommendations on how best to move forward in re-launching talks on a comprehensive settlement. The UN has been involved in the island since March 1964 when the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) was established with a mandate to prevent a recurrence of fighting, contribute to the maintenance and restoration of law and order, and contribute to a return to normal conditions. Currently the fourth-oldest UN peacekeeping operation in the world, it seeks to maintain stability in the 180-kilometre-long Buffer Zone and ensure that there is no alteration of the status quo along the two ceasefire lines drawn in 1974 after renewed fighting.
African countries suffering or facing water shortages as a result of climate change have a massive potential in rainwater harvesting, with nations like Ethiopia and Kenya capable of meeting the needs of six to seven times their current populations, according to a United Nations report released today. “The figures are astonishing and will surprise many,” UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner said of the study, compiled by his agency and the World Agroforestry Centre, which urges governments and donors to invest more widely in a technology that is low cost, simple to deploy and maintain, and able to transform the lives of households, communities and countries Africa-wide. Overall the quantity of rain falling across the continent is equivalent to the needs of 9 billion people, one and half times the current global population. About a third of Africa is deemed suitable for rainwater harvesting if a threshold of 200 millimetres of arrival rainfall, considered to be at the lower end of the scale, is used.Although not all rainfall can or should be harvested for drinking and agricultural uses, with over a third needed to sustain the wider environment including forests, grasslands and healthy river flows, the harvesting potential is still much more than adequate to meet a significant slice of human needs, the report notes.“Africa is not water scarce,” it concludes. “The rainfall contribution is more than adequate to meet the needs of the current population several times over. For example Kenya would not be categorized as a ‘water stressed country’ if rainwater harvesting is considered. The water crisis in Africa is more of an economic problem from lack of investment, and not a matter of physical scarcity.”Until recently the importance of such harvesting as a buffer against climate-linked extreme weather has been almost invisible in water planning with countries relying almost exclusively on rivers and underground supplies, the report notes.Unlike big dams, which collect and store water over large areas, small-scale rainwater harvesting projects lose less water to evaporation because the rain or run-off is collected locally and can be stored in a variety of ways.“Over the coming years we are going to need a range of measures and technologies to capture water and bolster supplies,” Mr. Steiner said. “Conserving and rehabilitating lakes, wetlands and other freshwater ecosystems will be vital and big dams, if sensibly and sustainably designed and constructed, may be part of the equation too.“However, large-scale infrastructure can often by-pass the needs of poor and dispersed populations. Widely deployed, rainwater harvesting can act as a buffer against drought events for these people while also significantly supplementing supplies in cities and areas connected to the water grid,” he added.The report mapped the rainwater harvesting potential of nine countries in Africa –Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.Kenya, with a population of somewhere under 40 million people, has enough rainfall to supply the needs of six to seven times its current population, according to the study. Ethiopia, where just over a fifth of the population is covered by domestic water supply and an estimated 46 per cent of the population suffer hunger, has a potential rainwater harvest equivalent to the needs of over 520 million people.
by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 30, 2015 3:35 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bank of Montreal cuts its five-year fixed mortgage rate to 4.79 per cent TORONTO – The Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) has cut its five-year fixed mortgage rate by 20 basis points to 4.79 per cent.The bank has also changed a number of its other fixed mortgage rates, including its low- rate five-year mortgage, which also went down 20 basis points to 3.09 per cent.The rate for a 10-year fixed mortgage went down 65 basis points to 6.10 per cent, while the 10-year low rate declined 85 basis points to 3.84 per cent.The changes take effect Saturday.On Jan. 27, Canada’s biggest lenders reduced their prime lending rates, which influence variable rate mortgages and other products, to 2.85 per cent from three per cent.That was in response to the Bank of Canada’s surprise move to cut its overnight lending rate to 0.75 per cent from one per cent. However, the commercial banks passed along only some of the savings from the central bank’s policy move to their customers, shaving their prime rates by 15 basis points instead of the full 25.