Raghunandan Yandamuri, the first Indian American on death row, was not put to death by lethal injection on Feb. 23, his scheduled execution date, as the state of Pennsylvania has a moratorium on the death penalty since 2015.Pennsylvania District Court Judge Petrese Tucker issued a stay of execution for Yandamuri Jan. 16, based on a request by the killer, who – during court proceedings – told a judge he wanted to die for the crimes he had committed, and asked that the death sentence be imposed upon him. He received two death sentences, which he later appealed but lost last April.Read it at India West Related Items
Photo from Nike.comAs LeBron James sets to leave the Philippines, so does one shoe from the Nike inventory. The Zoom Soldier 11 “Silver Bullet” will be released in limited quantities Sunday exclusively at Nike Park Fort at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.ADVERTISEMENT Astros return to Houston for 1st game since Harvey WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Each pair is worth P7,195 and will be sold to customers at a first-come, first-served basis. The shoe is the third and last pair linked to James’ visit to Manila after a special colorway of the Nike Air Force One SF and Nike Zoom and the first edition of the Nike Air Zoom Generation released on Saturday.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 shutoutLeBron James rocks the Zoom Soldier 11 “Silver Bullet” during his Strive For Greatness Show at Mall of Asia Arena. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonJames’ third Manila shoe took inspiration from the Air Max 97 colorway of the same name with reflective accents, a metallic silver upper together with some hints of red, white, and black on the collar, heel, midsole and outsole.The “Silver Bullet” was the same shoe James wore during his special training session with Gilas Pilipinas players and the media and also during the exhibition game of his Strive for Greatness Tour at Mall of Asia Arena. Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice PLAY LIST 01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:08Palace: No need to release Duterte medical bulletin00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:37Protesters 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 MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View comments
New Delhi, Mar 8 (PTI) Government today admitted that 89 lakh children in India are either partially immunised or have received no immunisation, though it claimed an increase of five per cent in immunisation during the year as against one per cent over the last four years. “As per Rapid Survey on Children, 2013, which is the latest survey available annually, about 89 lakh children in the country remain either partially vaccinated or unvaccinated. Of these 89 lakh childrem, 17 lakh are unvaccinated while 72 lakh are partially vaccinated,” Health Minister J P Nadda told the Rajya Sabha during Question Hour. The major reasons for all children not being vaccinated are lack of awareness amongst parents about benefits of vaccination and fear of side effects. “There has been a five per cent increase in immunisation of children during the year after first phase of Mission Indradhanush launched from April to July 2015. We were earlier having only one per cent increase every year in the past four years. Now the increase till now by the end of second phase of Mission Indradhanush is about 6 to 7 per cent,” Nadda said. He said the second phase of Mission Indradhanush for immunising children was launched from October 2015 to January 2016 and as on February 15, “we have reached out to 1.42 crore children, of which 37 lakh children were fully vaccinated and about 37 lakh pregnant women were vaccinated for tetanus toxoid.” The Minister said “we are also enhancing more vaccinations through Mission Indradhanush and vaccines for four diseases of JE adults, Rotavirus, Robella and for Pneumonia have been added. It is a continuous process.” To a question on Zika virus, he said, “there is no vaccination for Zika virus as of now.” On whether the tribals are being reached through Mission Indradhanush, Nadda said, “it aims to reach out to those we are unable to reach. We have mapped out the left-outs. Tribal area is very much in focus and we are getting very good results.” Talking about the 201 high focus districts, he said, 20 lakh children have been fully vaccinated and 21 lakh mothers have also been vaccinated. PTI SKC AMR ARCadvertisement
Salman Khan, who recently became maamu jaan, shared an adorable image with the new member in his family, Ahil. Salman’s sister Arpita Khan and her husband Aayush Sharma welcomed their bundle of joy on Wednesday (March 30) and the 50-year-old actor can’t get enough of his newborn nephew.ALSO READ: Salman Khan’s picture with his nephew Ahil is beyond wordsSEE PIC: Salman Khan’s sister Arpita and husband Aayush blessed with a son, Ahil The Bajrangi Bhaijaan actor shared an image of holding the newborn in his arms. pic.twitter.com/C51aOtMOzO Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) April 2, 2016The Dabangg star is seen sporting a clean-shaven look and donning a black t-shirt, while baby Ahil can be seen wrapped up in a white cloth with a black baby cap.According to Deccan Chronicle, a source close to the Bajrangi Bhaijaan actor said, “Despite his hectic schedule, Salman played the devoted maamu and spent the weekend shopping for Ahil. He was very excited to welcome the newest member in the family.”The whole Khaandaan has welcomed this new addition into their family. And unlike other B-Town families, Salman’s family didn’t hesitate in sharing the first picture of the baby. Aayush had earlier shared a picture of Arpita and Salman with Ahil on Instagram. On the work front, Salman is gearing up for his next film Sultan, where he will be seen essaying the role of a wrestler, for which he has gained some weight. Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar and produced by Aditya Chopra under the Yash Raj Films banner, the film is slated to release on July 8.advertisement
New Delhi, Nov 24 (IANS) Hoping to be selected as ball kids for the 2019 Australian Open, around 100 young tennis fans from across the country underwent a rigorous audition process under the watchful eyes of legendary doubles player and the current non-playing captain of the Indian Davis Cup team, Mahesh Bhupathi, at the R.K.Khanna Stadium here on Saturday.The kids, all aged between 12-15, completed the drills supervised by two Australian Open officials, showcasing their agility and speed on the court. They demonstrated their ball collecting and ball rolling skills as well as the temperament to be smart and courteous as they will have to take care of the players during the breaks.Bhupathi believes such exposures are a “baby step” towards creating a tennis culture in the country.”It’s a baby step, this year we have around 500 kids…next year we will probably have a thousand kids, so it gives that boost and interest for kids to be able to get that opportunity not only to Melbourne but standing on the court with some of the greatest players of the sport,” Bhupathi told reporters at the start of the audition for the Kia India Australian Open Ballkids programme.”That is something regardless of how much money you have and how many contacts you have, you can’t buy,” he added.Bhupathi encouraged the kids to give it their best and felt that initiatives like this will help in promoting tennis in the country. The 10 selected kids will be revealed at a press conference next month.The initiative was launched on November 10 and saw as many as 1,800 kids from the four metros enrol and take a shot at this dream assignment. All the expenses of their trip will be borne by KIA Motors.–IANStri/vmadvertisement
State Minister in the Ministry of National Security, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, is appealing for more corporate entities to partner with the Government in the delivery of various rehabilitation programmes for wards and inmates housed at correctional institutions islandwide.“With purposeful rehabilitation, successful reintegration of our inmates and wards is possible. We have to continue to find ways to support the effective delivery of rehabilitation programmes and services,” he said.The State Minister was speaking at the launch of a book drive at the Metcalfe Street Secure Juvenile Remand Centre in Kingston on Monday (April 23).Mr. Spencer said the initiative is part of the Government’s thrust to partner with corporate Jamaica in advancing efforts to reduce reoffending.He praised LMH Publishing, Ian Randle Publishers and the Kiwanis Club of Meadowvale for participating in the initiative by donating 26 boxes of books to the Department of Correctional Services (DCS).The provisions comprise general reading books; Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) textbooks; remedial and intermediate books; magazines; and novels.With these, the DCS now has new reading material to serve all 14 correctional institutions – seven adult and four juvenile centres.Mr. Spencer said the donations were especially significant for the wards, who have been working to improve themselves by taking advantage of opportunities to complete their education.“It is important for us to understand the crucial role of our youth in, not only our society, but in any society. The youth of today are our future. If we do not teach them, nurture them, respect them and facilitate their growth, what prospects do we have for tomorrow? Even though they have made mistakes, they can be redeemed,” he said.Additionally, Mr. Spencer said he was pleased that through the donations, the youth housed at the centres islandwide will be have opportunities to further expand their minds.“For those in the care and supervision of the Department of Correctional Services, I challenge you to make good use of the resources you are given today. Read, be encouraged and expand your horizons,” he said.Mr. Spencer assured that the Government, with the help of its partners will “do everything that is humanly possible to ensure that when the wards leave (the institutions), they will be better than when they came in”.“I guarantee they will be better able to make a contribution to the advancement and development of this nation… and I hope this will inspire other organisations to come on board and play their part,” he added.During Monday’s launch, books were symbolically handed over to the Metcalfe Street Secure Juvenile Remand Centre.The launch coincided with World Book Day, an annual event organised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to promote reading, publishing and copyrighting.World Book Day was first celebrated on April 23, 1995.
zoom South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) may be facing strike for the first time in two decades as unionized workers threat to stop production if the management doesn’t sort out wage and benefit issues.The talks between the two sides over pay increase broke off in September after failure to reach any kind of agreement.Staggering 97% of the shipbuilding company’s workforce, which constitutes up to 10,000 workers, supported the motion for work stoppage scheduled for beginning of the next month, the Wall Street Journal cited union spokesman Kim Hyung-gyun as saying.Nevertheless, a strike seems to be a last resort measure as talks on possible wage deal with the management are to take place this week.“Despite the vote result, union leaders will try to seek a negotiated wage deal with the management this week. But if the company doesn’t accept our demand, we have no other choice but to go on strike,” the spokesman is quoted by the newspaper as saying.The workers want a 6.5% rise in basic pay and a 250% year-over-year bonus increase.In case further negotiations fall through consequences could be enormous for the already loss-clogging shipbuilder which is trying to reorganize its business to boost efficiency.The second quarter figures for this year showed that the company had recorded a net loss of USD 585 million.World Maritime News Staff
Mumbai: Kingston Technology Company, Inc., a world leader in memory products and technology solutions, today announced it is among the top 10 list of semiconductor chip buyers globally as determined by Gartner, Inc. Gartner studied the total allocated market looking at total chip spending across many verticals including PC, data center, smart phone, IoT (Internet of Things) and other applications. Kingston is ranked number 8 having spent an estimated $7.84 billion (USD) for 2018, according to Gartner. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this yearKingston climbed to the top 10 for the first time since Gartner began its design total allocated market (TAM) research in 2007. The increase is fueled in part because Kingston is a top memory manufacturer for many of the OEM and ODMs that produce smart devices and Kingston continues to offer value and service in these market segments. In 2018, Kingston produced over 14 trillion Megabytes of memory across all product lines including DRAM, SSDs and embedded solutions, a massive amount that reinforces its strength, position and importance in the industry. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in IndiaGartner stated that chip spending in recent years has been driven mainly by the growth in consumption of PCs and smart phones. Leading OEMs in these areas gained more market share and increased their chip buying power as a result. Gartner further predicts that other growth markets will ignite future demand such as new business opportunities in China focusing on Cloud servers and Internet of Things (IoT) endpoints that will arise in and after 2022. With Kingston’s buying power, global partnerships and manufacturing facilities located in China and the Asia-Pacific region, Kingston is positioned to take full advantage of these growth opportunities. “While server and system memory continue to be the foundation of Kingston’s success, our strength over the past 15 years has been to diversify our product portfolio to address industry changes and adapt to ever-evolving market needs,” said Craig Tilmont, director of marketing, Kingston. “We are one of the top suppliers of SSDs in the channel and have been supplying embedded memory solutions for almost a decade in various industrial applications including medical devices, diagnostic equipment and in-flight entertainment systems. Kingston memory solutions are also found everywhere including consumer products such as fitness trackers, smart watches, robotic vacuums and security video doorbells.”For more than 30 years, Kingston has created memory products and storage solutions that empower innovation. Today, Kingston ships to 125 countries and employs over 3,500 people around the world. Kingston develops products to increase productivity and overall system performance, with solutions for servers, desktops, and IoT devices. Kingston makes technology solutions that facilitate people’s everyday needs and supports them wherever they are.
BELLA COOLA, B.C. – A pair of police officers on British Columbia’s central coast went beyond the call of duty to rescue a local constituent over the long weekend.RCMP say constables Casey Charles and Marina Coan were called when someone spotted a juvenile eagle with a broken wing on the bank of a local creek.Police say in a new release that the officers searched for the bird and saw it was unable to fly and in distress.A call to a conservation officer, who in turn contacted the Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society, provided information on how to catch the eagle.Police say Charles donned some chest waders, leather gloves and armed himself with the “eagle catching tools” of a leather jacket, fishing net and a dog kennel, before he waded in to safely catch the bird.The eagle had a meal of fish and spent the night at the detachment before being flown to the society’s facility in Metro Vancouver where it’s expected to be rehabilitated and returned to the wild.
A Russian Antonov An-124 heavy lift aircraft lands in Iqaluit MondayKent Driscoll APTN National NewsIqaluit plane spotters were in their glory Monday as one of the world’s largest aircrafts came to town.The Russian Antonov An-124 arrived to deliver a helicopter that will help bring power back to the nearby community of Pangnirtung.On April 2, Pangnirtung, located 45 minutes northeast of Iqaluit, lost most of its power plant to fire.Back-up power was restored days later but residents were limited to the amount of power they could use including stove top cooking rather than ovens and people in the community of 1,500 are only permitted to do laundry in shifts to conserve energy.Schools, the health centre and government offices only just opened its doors, with limited services, this week.The Ruslan’s massive cargo space and lift were able to carry both the Erickson S-64 Skycrane helicopter and a new generator for Pangnirtung.The helicopter will be reassembled in Iqaluit and will transport the new generating equipment for Pang.The giant Antonov could not deliver its cargo directly to the community because the runway is too short.It is expected to take the helicopter four trips over two days to complete the drop-off.After that, power workers will install and test the new equipment, so Pangnirtung will be on temporary generators for a while longer.In the “kneeling” configuration, the cockpit flips up and the fuselage dips to the tarmac, allowing the massive jetliner to deploy the S-64 Skycrane helicopter.Erickson s-64 Skycrane:The helicopter was originally manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft as the S-64A Skycrane, and sold to the Army as the CH-54A Tarhe. The CH-54 performed with an outstanding service record in Vietnam, supporting the Army’s First Cavalry Division, Airmobile by retrieving over 380 damaged aircraft, saving an estimated $210 million. The S-64 was the first helicopter built as a flying crane, with an aft-facing pilot station that gives the pilot an unobstructed view of the load being carried and full positive control of the aircraft during precision operations. (Source: Ericksonaviation.com)One of only 26 Antonov An-124 Ruslans lands in Iqaluit on April 13.Antonov An-124 Ruslan: The AN-124-100 commercial aircraft has been developed on the basis of the AN-124 “Ruslan” heavy military transport aircraft. It is the biggest serial heavy lifter in the world and has a double-deck fuselage layout. The AN-124 has been used to deliver 90 ton hydraulic turbines, the Liebherr large dimension mobile crane, the USA Euclid mine truck, the fuselage of the Tu-204 passenger aircraft, a 109 ton locomotive, General Electric GE90 aircraft engines, various combat vehicles, Lynx anti-submarine helicopters, a spaceship in its container and other unique cargoes. (Source: antonov.com)
Raipur: Four Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were killed and two injured in an encounter with Naxals in Chhattisgarh Thursday, police said. The encounter comes a week before polling for the first phase of Lok Sabha elections is held in the state. The skirmish took place around noon in a dense forest near Mahla village in Kanker district when a joint team of BSF’s 114th battalion and the District Force was out on a search operation, police said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “Four BSF troopers were killed and two injured in the incident,” Deputy Inspector General (anti-Naxal operations) Sundarraj P told PTI. The patrolling team had launched the operation from the BSF’s Mahla camp, located around 250 from Raipur, he said. When the security men were advancing through a forest patch, a group of naxals fired at them, leading to a gun battle, he said. The deceased were identified as BSF’s assistant sub- inspector Boro, and constables Ramkrishnan, Someshwar and Ishrar Khan, he said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Assistant commandant Gopu Ram and inspector Gopal Ram were injured in the exchange of fire, he said. Soon after being alerted, reinforcement was rushed to the spot, he said, adding that a search operation was underway in the area. The bodies and the injured personnel were brought to the BSF’s Mahla camp later, he said. Polling in the Kanker Lok Sabha constituency will be held along with two other seats – Mahasamund and Rajnandgaon – in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections in Chhattisgarh on April 18. Polling for other two phases in the state will be held on April 11 and 23.
Casablanca- According to Moroccan daily newspaper Assabah, the body of a 13-year-old girl, who was raped, tortured then murdered, was recently found in a farm in Moulay Yacoub, located in the region of Fès-Boulemane, Morocco.A girl aged 13 years old was found dead in a farm located in the small city of Moulay Yacoub. According to daily Assabah, the farm, located in a village called Oulad Mimoun, belongs to a Moroccan politician. According to the same source, the young girl had been violently raped and tortured before she was dropped dead in the said farm. Local Police also found physical signs of severe torture on her body. Inspections of the corpse showed that the murderer had used a knife to torture his victim. Around forty people, mainly residents of Oulad Mimoun village, were interrogated during police investigations, which led to the arrest of a 30-year-old man suspected of committing the crime. According to Assabah, the suspect, who works as a butcher in the village, admitted having committed the crime. The suspect told the Police that he had kidnapped the young girl on a public road while she was trying to take a bus to school. The suspect also admitted having raped the girl in an orange field not far from the location where her body was found. The suspect allegedly made use of one of his butchering knives to torture the 13-year-old girl while raping her, before dropping her dead.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.
“Also noting with concern that the National Action Plan and the LLRC’s report do not adequately address serious allegations of violations of international law, Expressing concern at the continuing reports of violations of human rights in Sri Lanka, threats to judicial independence and the rule of law, and failure by the Government of Sri Lanka to fulfill its public commitments, including on devolution of political authority to provinces as called for in Sri Lanka’s constitution,” the resolution says. 2. Reiterates its call upon the Government of Sri Lanka to expeditiously implement the constructive recommendations made in the LLRC report and to take all necessary additional steps to fulfill its relevant legal obligations and commitment to initiate credible and independent actions to ensure justice, equity, accountability, and reconciliation for all Sri Lankans;3. Urges the Government of Sri Lanka to formally respond to outstanding requests, including by providing unfettered access, by special procedures mandate holders, in particular the Special Rapporteurs on independence of judges and lawyers; torture; human rights defenders; freedom of expression; freedom of association and assembly; extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions; and the Working Group on enforced or involuntary disappearances;4. Encourages the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and relevant special procedures mandate holders to provide, in consultation with, and with the concurrence of, the Government of Sri Lanka, advice and technical assistance on implementing the above-mentioned steps; 5. Requests the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, in consultation with relevant special procedures mandate holders, to present a report on the provision of such assistance and progress on reconciliation and accountability, including investigations of violations of international law, in Sri Lanka to the Human Rights Council at its twenty-fifth session. (Colombo Gazette) It also: 1. Welcomes the report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the human rights situation in Sri Lanka; The resolution recalls the constructive recommendations contained in the LLRC’s report, including the need to credibly investigate widespread allegations of extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances, demilitarize the north of Sri Lanka, implement impartial land dispute resolution mechanisms, re-evaluate detention policies, strengthen formerly independent civil institutions, reach a political settlement on the devolution of power to the provinces, promote and protect the right of freedom of expression for all and enact rule of law reforms. The draft resolution of the United States on Sri Lanka which is to be submitted to the UN Human Rights Council next month, has noted with concern that the National Action Plan does not adequately address all of the findings and constructive recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) of Sri Lanka.Titled Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka, the first draft of the resolution to be submitted by the US reaffirmed that it is the responsibility of the Government of Sri Lanka to ensure the full enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms of its entire population.
Nominations are open for the Human Resources Distinguished Service Award for Leadership.The award recognizes a permanent staff member who has a consistently proven record of leading and working collaboratively, engaging faculty and staff, furthering the development of a respectful work and learning environment and culture, and building strong relationships and partnerships that enable the University to implement its strategic plan and related initiatives effectively.A maximum of one Human Resources Distringuished Service Award for Leadership will be awarded in any given year when merited. It will include a certificate of recognition and $500.This award is presented at the President’s Annual Holiday Celebration in December.Eligibility: Staff members should be active ongoing employees with at least 10 years of service at the University. All permanent employees with benefits entitlement are eligible.Criteria guidelines:The award recipient will have demonstrated a majority of the following characteristics: Champions a people-focused engagement approach and truly cares for others Devotes him or herself to serving the needs of the members of the University Listens and builds a sense of community through compassionate, collegial and mutually respectful relationships Builds consensus within groups through his/her powers of persuasion and credibility Embodies trust in all her/his actions Focuses on meeting the needs of those that he/she leads Promotes an environment of teamwork and collaborative decision making Develops employees to bring out the best in them and facilitates personal growth in all those who work with her/him Facilitates success by ‘leading from behind’, without seeking reward or recognition Wears her/his sense of humour as a valued facet of his/her characterAdministration of the award:Application forms and endorsement forms are available from the Office of Human Resources and Environment, Health and Safety or at brocku.ca/hr-ehs/employment-resources Nominations must include a completed application form from the nominating person along with three additional endorsement forms of support. Any member of the Brock community may submit or support a nomination. (Nominators/referees should nominate or support only one person in any given year).Selection committee: A committee, comprised of six people as follows: at least one OSSTF member, one CUPE 1295 member, one BUFA member, one SAC member and one member of the administrative/professional staff group, will review all applications and make recommendations to the president. The manager of Human Resources or his/her designate shall chair the committee. The benefits officer shall serve as secretary to this committee. The committee will meet in November to review applications for the awards and make recommendations to the president based on the criteria established and referred to in the nomination form. The chair of the committee will also solicit feedback on behalf of the committee from the staff member’s immediate supervisor and division head.Forward nomination and endorsement forms to Human Resources by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, 2011 in a sealed envelope marked “Confidential — Human Resources Distinguished Service Award for Leadership Nominations.” Direct any questions to 905-688-5550 x3808 or email@example.com
Video of Annan’s remarks to the Council “May I commend the members of the Security Council for having reached this significant agreement on what obviously is a particularly important resolution to address the complex situation in Iraq. The process has been difficult. But the outcome is a clear demonstration of the will of all the members of the Security Council to place the interests of the Iraqi people above all other considerations,” he told the Council immediately after the 15-member body voted unanimously to adopt the new text. “Our common objective is to restore peace and stability to a sovereign, democratic and independent Iraq as quickly as possible. It is critical to the Iraqi people, the region and the entire international community that we succeed in reaching the goal of an Iraq that is at peace with itself and with its neighbours, and is contributing to stability in the region.” The Secretary-General also said that he would do his “utmost to implement the mandate established by the Council, bearing in mind the constraints on building up the required capacity and my obligation to care for the safety and security of United Nations staff. I am grateful to the Council for the flexibility that the new resolution gives me in this respect.” “Although at this moment the United Nations has only a skeleton presence on the ground, we are determined to continue helping the Iraqi people as best as we can, from both inside and outside the country, primarily in providing humanitarian assistance,” he added. “As circumstances permit, I plan to proceed with the other tasks indicated in the resolution. I have no doubt that we all look forward to the earliest possible establishment of an elected Government that will return Iraq to full sovereignty,” Mr. Annan concluded.
by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 19, 2012 5:16 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – It’s looking likely that a push for change at Canadian fertilizer giant Agrium Inc. will come down to a shareholder vote, the founder of New York hedge fund Jana Partners LLC said Monday.Barry Rosenstein made his remarks to The Canadian Press after his fund, which has a six per cent stake in Agrium, announced it wants to replace five directors on Agrium’s (TSX:AGU) 11-member board with its own nominees.The Jana slate includes Rosenstein, former Liberal agriculture minister Lyle Vanclief and three men with the executive experience in distribution that the fund says is lacking on Agrium’s board.In its more than decade-long history, Jana has managed to avert shareholder showdowns.“We’ve done close to 50 of these and we’ve never had one go to a vote because the companies ultimately come to the realization that we have shareholder support,” said Rosenstein.“I can tell you at this point every indication is that this is heading to a vote and we wouldn’t be going forward if we didn’t feel extremely confident that shareholders will support our directors based on their experience and their track record of creating value.”Among other things, Jana wants Agrium to spin off its retail business, which supplies products such as fertilizer to farmers, from the part of its business that makes those products.In a release, Agrium CEO Mike Wilson showed no signs of backing down and said shareholders are on the side of his company’s board and management.He said the board’s independent directors spent two months evaluating Jana’s ideas with its independent financial adviser, Morgan Stanley, before unanimously deciding the retail spinoff was a bad idea.“The facts are straightforward. Agrium remains committed to its highly successful integrated strategy,” Wilson said.“Jana has been trying for over six months to obtain support for its idea that Agrium should spin off or sell its retail operations. Agrium’s shareholders have overwhelmingly rejected Jana’s ideas. As a result, we believe Jana’s attempt to run its own slate for Agrium’s board is almost certain to fail.”Jana has said the retail spinoff, along with a better cost management and capital allocation, could add $50 to Agrium’s share price of around $100.Recently Agrium has bumped up its dividend and bought back $900 million in stock — moves Jana has applauded.Jana’s statement on Monday accused the current Agrium board of failing to address its criticism and of failing to keep shareholders informed — particularly about the weakness of its third-quarter financial results, which generally missed analyst expectations.It also reiterated its allegation that Agrium suddenly switched its list of perceived industry peers as the battle went public over the summer in order to bolster its argument that retail shouldn’t be spun off.“I think shareholders will make decisions for themselves and won’t be influenced by the company making false claims about shareholder allegiance to what is persistent underperformance and undervaluation of the stock,” said Rosenstein.“The real question shareholders should be asking now that they see our slate of nominees is why would the company not want these people in the board? Every one of them adds a dimension that the company sorely lacks and every one of them has stellar reputation, experience and track record.”A source familiar with Jana’s thinking said the fund has not decided which of Agrium’s 11 board members it’s looking to replace, but it will probably “lean heavily” on the group Agrium has previously cited as having adequate distribution experience.Most of Jana’s nominees are American and it wants to make sure enough Canadians remain on the board, “so you can also assume that Americans will probably be more targeted.” the source said.When it comes to replacing Wilson as CEO, the source said Jana hasn’t “gone there” and “that would obviously be a significant escalation.”Earlier this year, another U.S. activist hedge fund, Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square Capital Management L.P., successfully ousted the CEO of Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (TSX:CP) following a bitter proxy fight.Besides Vanclief and Rosenstein, Jana is proposing David Bullock, a former chief operating officer of United Agri Products, which was acquired by Agrium several years ago; Stephen Clark, a former CEO of Brenntag North America, and Mitchell Jacobson, chairman and a shareholder of MSC Industrial Direct Co. Inc. (NYSE:MSM).Agrium shares closed up about three per cent at $101.01 on Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Agrium board targeted for shakeup by Jana Partners; 5 new directors proposed
“There is still a gap between intent and full implementation that will allow vulnerable countries to make the most of their own abilities and adapt at a faster and more decisive scale,” Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Christiana Figueres said while in Kathmandu, Nepal.She was addressing the 8th Annual Community Based Adaptation Conference, which focused on issues such as how to ensure international finance can reach communities in need and how the private sector can better support such communities to adapt to climate change.“Nepal itself is estimated to be losing one per cent of its GDP [gross domestic product] to floods and landslides alone, a figure that will only rise unless the global community puts in place the policies and the pathways to bend the emissions curve down and climate proof communities and development here and across the vulnerable world,” said Ms. Figueres.Ms. Figueres drew attention to the UN-backed Green Climate Fund (GCF), established to become a major conduit of finance for developing country climate action, and in urgent need of resources. “At least ten billion dollars are urgently needed as initial capitalization so the GCF can operate quickly and at scale,” she said.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is convoking a climate summit this September, expected to build momentum for a strong global climate agreement in 2015. This weekend, a special two-day high- level meeting will be held from 4-5 May in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, to encourage announcements of greater action and ambition by world leaders at that upcoming summit.
VELUX EHF CL Round 2 derby match was played in Hungarian Veszprem, where domestic team beat Rhein Neckar Lowen 30:29. The winner was decided in the last seconds of the clash, when Andy Schmidt didn’t score against Mirko Alilovic. Croatian goalkeeper hooked the ball with his fingers before she hit the post. That was the beginning of big celebration in “Veszprem Arena”… EHFMirko Alilović ← Previous Story Hungarians win EHF CL derby: Veszprem beat RNL! Next Story → EHF TV: VELUX EHF CL Round 2 “BEST 7”
A new packaging design for vegetables has two major benefits: it reduces waste and encourages people to do some gardening themselves.Designed by a student named Ben Huttly from the United Kingdom, the packaging consists of 100 percent biodegradable twine to wrap the produce, combined with a similarly biodegradable tag. But there’s more to it than that. The tag is also laser etched in order to eliminate the use of inks and dyes and, even better, it has seeds embedded in it so that you can grow your own vegetables as well. You can literally plant the tag.AdChoices广告Of course, as cool as the idea is, and as important as growing your own food is, chances are most supermarkets wouldn’t go for packaging that inspires consumers to by less.Via GOOD
Chennai: Congress in Tamil Nadu on Monday took potshots at superstar Rajinikanth for likening Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah to Lord Krishna and Arjuna and asked him to read the Mahabharat properly. A day after the actor made the remark while appreciating Amit Shah for scrapping Article 370, Tamil Nadu Congress Committee President K S Alagiri said he did not expect such a reaction from him, adding he was surprised by it. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us States including those in the North East enjoyed special privileges like Kashmir did (previously), he said in a statement and wanted to know why these were not scrapped by the Centre. The reason for doing away with Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir alone was due to its “Muslim majority” status, he alleged. The Congress leader wanted to know if the actor toed the “one kind of justice for Kashmir and another for other states,” policy of Amit Shah. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us PM Modi and Amit Shah combine are not Krishna and Arjuna, he said and asked: “How can those who snatched away the rights of crores of people could be Krishna and Arjuna? Dear Rajinikanth, please read Mahabharat again, please go through it again properly,” he added. On Sunday, the Rajinikanth had congratulated the Union Home Minister for the Centre’s initiative on Kashmir. Prime Minister Modi and Shah were like Lord Krishna and Arjuna, he had said. However, “we don’t know who is Krishna and who is Arjuna,” added the actor-turned politician. The Krishna-Arjuna combination is credited with playing a key role in the Pandavas winning the Mahabharata battle against the Kauravas.