A group of rationalists spent a winter’s night in a small, obscure railway station in Purulia district of West Bengal to bust the myth that it was “haunted”.They found no paranormal presence, but a few local people tried to scare them away, Nayan Mukherjee, who led the team, said on Saturday.Begunkodor station, near the Ayodhya Hills and 50 km from Purulia town, had earned the distinction of being a “ghost station” after 1967, the year its stationmaster reportedly died after seeing a woman clad in a white sari walking along the tracks at night.Passengers deserted the station and it had come to be known as “haunted” in Railway records. Begunkodor had been closed since then and was listed by Railways as one of its 10 ‘haunted’ stations in India.The station was reopened 42 years later in 2009 by Mamata Banerjee during her tenure as Railway Minister. Since then, trains have stopped here but passengers use it only till 5 p.m., fearful of encounters with the ghosts. A nine-member team of the rationalist organisation Paschim Banga Bigyan Manch, armed with torches, digital compasses and cameras, camped at the station with police protection, and busted the myth. Mr. Mukherjee said they had heard a peculiar noise from behind the station. “When we focussed torchlights on the surrounding bush at around 2.a.m., we saw four or five people, who appeared to be local people, fleeing from the spot. We chased them for a while but they ran away.”The station was being touted by certain people for some time as a ‘ghost tourism’ spot to attract visitors.
Former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday said that Amarinder Singh’s allegations against the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on the issue of sacrilege was an attempt to divert attention from the failures of his government.“The ruling Congress government has miserably failed to perform on every front, including the farmers’ debt waiver, drug eradication, jobs for every youth and raising old age pensions four times,” said Mr. Badal at a rally in Abohar.“Capt. Amarinder should demonstrate the courage to prosecute and try us (Akali Dal leaders) in a court of law if there is any shred of truth in his allegations against us on the sacrilege issue,” he said, adding that the Chief Minister was indulging in petty and destructive vendetta politics.Mr. Badal said that he and his party had always stood for a fair inquiry into all cases of sacrilege by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court and this was the reason that Akali Dal had rejected the report of Ranjit Singh Commission.SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal alleged that the Congress was trying to revive extremism by supporting radicals in the State. “The Congress was facilitating the ongoing ‘dharna’ at Bargari being held on the issue of sacrilege and actively encouraging radical elements,” he alleged.
A former deputy headman (sarpanch) of the village of Bhima-Koregaon, suspected by the Pune Rural police of inciting the clashes which erupted on New Year’s day last year, deposed before the judicial commission formed by the State to probe the Bhima-Koregaon violence which left one person dead and several injured.Ganesh Phadtare, the former deputy sarpanch has denied being part of a WhatsApp group which was used to spread messages calling for a shutdown in the village on January 1, 2018.The group titled the ‘Koregaon Bhima Yuva Manch’ was allegedly also used to mobilise members of a particular community to launch a protest which in turn is said to have led to the rioting in Bhima-Koregaon, Sanaswadi, Perne and adjoining areas on that fateful day.Mr. Phadtare was arrested by the police less than three weeks after the outbreak of the clashes last year and was charged with conspiring the shutdown which triggered the clashes. He was later released on bail.During the cross examination by advocate B. G. Bansode, Mr. Phadtare said he did not remember if he was part of the group or who its administrator was, adding that his mobile had already been seized by the police.When Adv. Bansode pointed out that the WhatsApp group comprised Maratha community members and radical Hindutva activists hostile to the Dalit community in the area, the former deputy sarpanch said it was incorrect to link him with the community.According to the police, Mr. Phadtare had allegedly coordinated the forced shutdown of Bhima-Koregaon village on January 1 last year to ‘condemn’ the the clashes between the Maratha and the Dalit communities which erupted on December 28 and 29, 2017 at the nearby village of Vadhu Budruk (around 4 km from Koregaon -Bhima).The next hearing of the judicial commission, headed by retired Justice J. N. Patel, is scheduled for May 8.
Show of unity in pep rally Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Petron guns for win No. 13 against a struggling Sta. Lucia Realty even as PLDT and United VC clash to get closer to a twice-to-beat bonus on Thursday in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Filoil Flying V Centre.There’s hardly any incentive for the Blaze Spikers in the 2 p.m. match against the Lady Realtors, but coach Shaq delos Santos said they’re not about to let their guards down.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES Google Philippines names new country director MOST READ Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “Everyone wants to beat us at this point, but we will use these remaining games to work on our game,” said Delos Santos.Petron is unbeaten so far and is already assured of a quarterfinal bonus. That’s not the case for PLDT and UVC, which will have to dispute the two remaining bonus spots with Cignal HD.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“PLDT is a hungry team,” said UVC coach Joshua Ylaya of the 12 noon game. —MARC ANTHONY REYES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Mumbai, May 11 (PTI) Tata Trusts U Dream Football today announced a technical tie-up with top German club Borussia Dortmund by which 48 talented Indian children, mostly from the north east, are already getting football training under the clubs youth coaches in Bitburg, Germany.Beginning January this year the first batch of trainees, 35 of them from the north eastern states of Mizoram (17), Manipur (15), Meghalaya (2) and Assam (1) and the rest from other parts of the country, are to spend ten months a year over six years in schooling and football training in Germany, it was announced at a media conference today.”The depth of training in Germany is second to none. The biggest challenge for us was to convince parents that their children can have an alternative career in sports. We are aiming to increase the number to 200 with the help of the German Consulate,” said founder Ronnie Screwvala of U Dream which got into a partnership with the 125-year-old Tata Trusts last year.Asked what was the pathway laid out for the young football talent after the end of six years, Screwvala said “Its a 16-year relationship, six now and ten later.”The boys are in the age group of 12-14 years and the aim of the programme is is to ensure that all enrolled players play professional football by placing them in clubs across Europe, the Americas and Asia, including India.Former India captain Bhainchung Bhutia said India needed to do a lot more grassroots programme in football while adding “definitely there has been improvement over the last three years” in this respect.advertisement”The FIFA Under 17 World Cup (to be hosted by India this October), is a start, but we need to make more kids play football for more talent to come up,” he said at a panel discussion.As per the programme currently charted, each week the trainees play games against top-ranked youth sides in the region as well as those in Belgium and Luxembourg and so far the team has won 15 out of 20 games and lost three.”We have been approached by the All India Football Federation to allow them to include 6-7 players as probables in the Indian World Cup Under 17 squad, but we have asked for a trial game between them (the current India probables) and us,” said one of the persons connected with the programme. PTI SSR NRB
SAMARA, Russia (AP) — Aleksandar Kolarov scored from a left-footed free kick in the 56th minute and Serbia opened its World Cup with a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica on Sunday.After David Guzman was handed a yellow card, Kolarov curled the ensuing free kick over the wall. Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who plays for Real Madrid, couldn’t reach it.Serbia, which missed out on the 2014 tournament, had the early advantage in a tough group that includes five-time champion Brazil and Switzerland.After a scoreless first half, Navas fought off a barrage of challenges to open the second with the boisterous Costa Rican fans cheering him on at Samara Arena.The final moments of the match were marked by a squabble on the sidelines as Nemanja Matic got into a tussle with a Costa Rican coach. Players from both teams rushed toward the scrum but it was quickly diffused.The Ticos were the surprise of the last World Cup, sweeping through to the quarterfinals in Brazil before being ousted by the Netherlands on penalties. It was the furthest the small Central American nation had advanced in soccer’s premier tournament.Serbia’s Aleksandar Kolarov celebrates scoring the opening goal during the group E match between Costa Rica and Serbia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)But there was some uncertainty surrounding the Ticos after a pair of friendly losses heading into the World Cup, including a 4-1 rout by Belgium a week ago.Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic, who replaced Slavoljub Muslin last year, put together a veteran defense with Kolarov, who plays for Roma, and former Chelsea player Branislav Ivanovic. Also included were Manchester United midfielder Matic, and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who had an apparent falling out with Muslin but was brought to Russia by Krstajic.The opening half between Costa Rica and Serbia was back and forth from the start: Aleksandar Mitrovic’s header missed the target in the opening minute and moments later Marco Urena’s angled shot for Costa Rica was saved in the left corner by Vladimir Stojkovic.Ivanovic made his record 104th appearance for the national team, surpassing Dejan Stankovic’s mark. The 34-year-old Ivanovic had matched Stankovic’s record last Saturday in a 5-1 friendly win over Bolivia. Stankovic, known as “Deki,” played for the national team from 1998-2013, through three different eras: Yugoslavia, Serbia-Montenegro and finally Serbia.Ivanovic currently plays for Russian club Zenit St. Petersburg, but he’s best known for his time at Chelsea (2008-17).Costa Rica defender Ronald Matarrita was ruled out of the World Cup earlier this week because of a right hamstring injury. He was replaced on the roster by Kenner Gutierrez.GROUP DYNAMICSCosta Rica advanced out of the group stage in Brazil with victories over Uruguay and Italy and a draw with England, but the country’s players insisted in the run-up to Sunday’s game that this team should not be judged on the past.Serbia’s Aleksandar Kolarov celebrates with team mates scoring the opening goal during the group E match between Costa Rica and Serbia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)“There’s always a lot of talk about four years ago, but this is a new World Cup, a new history,” Costa Rica defender Giancarlo Gonzales said. “Some of us are repeating, but there are teammates who are playing their first World Cup. We know the eyes of the world are on us.”Costa Rica will next face Brazil on Friday in St. Petersburg, while Serbia plays Switzerland on Friday in Kaliningrad.KEYS TO SUCCESSMilinkovic-Savic gave Navas a workout in the first half, and while he didn’t score, he is clearly a potent weapon for Serbia.He challenged Navas in the 27th minute from just outside the box, but Navas fell on the ball. Navas also stopped Milinkovic-Savic’s bicycle kick in front of goal in the 42nd minute, but it was ruled offside.Currently with Italian club Lazio, rumors have swirled that Manchester United might be interested in the dynamic 23-year-old Milinkovic-Savic.—By ANNE M. PETERSON , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
Ajith Kumar tries his hand at many things. Apart from being one of the superstars of Tamil cinema, Ajith also has other interests in his life. He was once very much into car racing and participated in international racing events.He is also into aero-modeling since childhood. The Tamil actor was recently appointed as Helicopter Test Pilot and UAV System Adviser by The Madras Institute of Technology for its team Dhaksha, which participated in an international Unarmed Aerial Vehicle launch competition.Now, the actor has participated in the 45th Tamil Nadu State Shooting Championship, which was held in Coimbatore last weekend. A few months ago, pictures of Ajith practicing rifle shooting went viral on social media. Back then it was thought that the actor was doing it as a hobby, but it looks like Ajith had taken the sport seriously.He will next be seen in Nerkonda Paarvai, which is releasing on August 8. The film, directed by H Vinoth, is a remake of Bollywood venture Pink. Ajith is playing the role of a lawyer in the courtroom drama.Shraddha Srinath, Abirami, Andrea Tairang, Adhik Ravichander and Rangaraj Pandey are playing pivotal roles in the movie.ALSO READ: #RIPActorVijay trends online. Cricketer Ashwin Ravichandran lashes out at Tamil youngstersALSO WATCH | Tamil superstar Rajinikanth may join politics with own party
Kyle and I will be sorting through the 20 most important people leading up to the 2015 season every day until the Central Michigan game which, as you know, is just 13 days away.Porter: I’ve already written extensively about why I’ve fallen in love with J.W. Walsh in his final year, but it’s hard to overstate how important a really good backup is to a program like Oklahoma State. It’s a competitive advantage schools like Oklahoma State aren’t usually afforded — a backup QB who could probably start for half the teams in the league.You could talk me into Walsh being much, much higher than No. 13. If OSU loses Mason Rudolph, they’re in trouble, but not the sort of trouble most teams would be in if they lost QB1. If it loses both Rudolph and Walsh, they’re screwed.Boone: The Cowboy back could secretly be the X-factor to success this season, and Jeremy Seaton will lead the way for the newfound skill group. He has the body of a fullback and hands of a tight end. His unique size and skills will create match-up problems and force the defense to account for him, regardless of where he lines up. He has flown way below the radar this offseason, but he is one of the most important players for McEndoo and his new crew.No. 14 (Porter: Peterson | Boone: Crabtree)No. 15 (Porter: Washington | Boone: Jacobs)No. 16 (Porter: Stern | Boone: Salako)No. 17 (Porter: Childs | Boone: Sterns)No. 18 (Porter: Sheperd | Boone: Maile)No. 19 (Porter: McEndoo | Boone: Walsh)No. 20 (Porter: Jacobs | Boone: Lampkin)If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
UEFA Champions League WATCH: My GOTW – The great volleyed goals in UEFA Champions League history Goal Last updated 1 year ago 17:30 11/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Getty Images UEFA Champions League Videos The series continues with a look at two of the greatest volleys the European stage has ever witnessed – but which do you think was the best? The UEFA Champions League has produced some of the most iconic moments in the game’s great history.And it’s certainly seen its fair share of world-class volleys, but which of these two was the best?Dejan Stankovic gained a reputation for the spectacular over the course of his glittering career, but did he or anyone else ever hit a better volley than his 2011 strike versus Schalke? Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Manuel Neuer would go on to carve out a reputation as the best sweeper-keeper in the game, but he was caught out that night at the San Siro when he rushed from his line to head the ball away, only to see it fly straight back over his head.But was that better than Michael Essien’s extraordinary strike versus Barcelona in 2009?As the ball looped up into the air, few thought the onrushing Essien would hit it first time – let alone with his weaker foot.Goal have been putting some of the UCL’s greatest-ever strikes to some keen observers, asking them to debate which was their Goal of the Week, brought to you by Nissan.Cheeky Sport Joel and Cheeky Sport Dave got together ahead of Matchday 5 to relieve a couple of remarkable moments from Europe’s elite club competition.Throughout the group stage, we will be discussing what makes a great goal and you can have your say by voting for which of these two you think was the best.Don’t forget you can vote for Goal of the Week from Thursday morning with Nissan!
ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 22: Fans watch a Michigan Wolverines flag after a score against the Illinois Fighting Illini on October 22, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***There can be no doubt that the 2018 season did not end the way Michigan would have liked. A 62-39 blowout loss to arch-rival Ohio State preceded a loss to Florida in the Citrus Bowl, which was followed by a mini-exodus of coaches who jumped ship to the Buckeyes. While many of the coaches and players have openly stated they’re unbothered by last year, one Michigan assistant doesn’t appear willing to let it go.In a media interview on Thursday via Nick Baumgardner, Michigan assistant coach Chris Partridge expressed his disappointment at coaches Greg Mattison and Al Washington heading to the team’s arch-rival. He made it clear that he is not okay with coaches leaving the Wolverines for the Buckeyes.“I want to be candid, those guys left, and it was another shot,” Partridge said. “It wasn’t okay.”Partridge also revealed that he is still seething over the loss to Ohio State. That loss cost the Wolverines a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game and a shot at the College Football Playoff.“I’ve got blood in my mouth, there’s no qualms about it,” Partridge said. “For me, the motivation is how last year… I don’t wake up a day and not think about it, that’s for sure. I know Don (Brown) feels the same way.”Michigan will be hosting the rivalry game at Ann Arbor next season.Chris Partridge: ‘I’ve got blood in my mouth … the guys who left (for Ohio State), that’s not OK.’A bit fired up. pic.twitter.com/3HFMDfn69K— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) April 11, 2019The Wolverines will certainly have some advantages next season that they didn’t last year.Michigan will have seven home games next year, with three of their road games coming against teams that had losing records in 2018.Jim Harbaugh’s could very well breeze through the regular season, but the game against Ohio State always remains a playoff-caliber matchup.
World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan to undergo scans on his swollen thumbWorld Cup 2019: Having injured his left thumb during a scintillating 117 against Australia on Sunday, Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan is set to undergo scans to assess the full nature of his injuryadvertisement Press Trust of India NottinghamJune 10, 2019UPDATED: June 10, 2019 22:53 IST Shikhar Dhawan walks off after getting dismissed vs Australia (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSShikhar Dhawan endured a blow to his thumb during India’s win against AustraliaDespite the pain Dhawan scored a match-winning 117 off 109 ballsHowever, Dhawan didn’t take the field due to the injuryIndia opener Shikhar Dhawan will undergo precautionary scans on Tuesday to determine the extent of the injury on his swollen left thumb.Dhawan, the hero of India’s win over Australia in the World Cup on Sunday, played through pain after being hit on the thumb by a rising delivery from pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile.He looked in considerable pain but carried on to score 117 off 109 balls.However, Dhawan didn’t take the field due to the injury and Ravindra Jadeja fielded in his place for the entire 50 overs.It has been learnt that Dhawan will undergo precautionary tests following which physio Patrick Farhart will take a call on his participation in the next game against New Zealand at Trent Bridge on Thursday.The Indian team would be hoping that it is not a fracture and just a bit of swelling that should heal in the next couple of days. As of now, Dhawan has a taping on his thumb.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and bowlers shine as India wallop AustraliaAlso Read | Shikhar Dhawan privileged to debut on Chahal TV after match-winning hundred vs AustraliaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Shikhar DhawanFollow Virat KohliFollow World Cup 2019 Next
For the first time ever, Comic Relief is teaming up with social video platform Twitch, to pit celebrities against legendary gamers.Comic Relief and TwitchFor one week only, celebrities including TV star Jamie Laing, Olympian Louis Smith, England footballers Dele Alli and Alex Scott, TV comedian Rob Beckett and Soccer AM favourite Adam Smith will play against some of the best gamers in the country.The GAMERAISERS pairings will be battling head to head on their favourite games to raise cash for issues like youth homelessness, before handing the gaming baton over to the Twitch community to stream their own games whilst raising life changing funds.“I’m a huge gamer and I’m really looking forward to taking on some of the pros and showing them what I’ve got,” Louis Smith said, “If you think you can take me on, put your money where your mouth is – it’s for a good cause after all.”Over the course of a week, the pairings will compete trying to raise the most money they can. They’ll do whatever it takes to prove why viewers should donate to help people living incredibly tough lives in the UK and across Africa, and losers will face a host of live forfeits and dares.The battle doesn’t stop there either – any gamer can get involved themselves by signing up to join the Comic Relief x Twitch campaign in the coming months. They can get a heads-up on any new unmissable action, download a host of content for use on their channel and on social media and enter some epic prize-draws.Find out more at www.comicrelief.com/gameraisers.
Rabat – The Ministry in charge of Moroccans Living Abroad and Migration has said it will transfer the bodies of two Moroccans who died in an illegal firework warehouse blast in the Spanish province of Pontevedra.The ministry said in a statement yesterday that the man and his wife died on May 23 and will be transferred in coordination with Morocco’s consulate general in Bilbao, Spain.The ministry decided to conduct the operation following the identification of the two victims as Abdelkhalek El Bouabi and his wife Zahra Bouadel, conducted by Spanish authorities. The ministry has mobilized two ambulances to transfer the bodies from Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport to the city of Khouribga, where they will be buried.The funerals will take place on Saturday in the presence of a delegation of the ministry in charge of Moroccans Living Abroad and Migration Affairs.According to Spanish website ThinkSpain, the couple had been living in Spain for 11 years and had two young sons, aged 13 and 9, now orphaned.The incident caused major consequences, damaging nearly 50 houses. No major injuries were sustained among other residents as they managed to escape houses, which crumbled to dust.ThinkSpain also reported that the owner of the firework stash was arrested and charged with negligent homicide, but was released on bail.
A suspect has been arrested with a firearm near the Hulftsdorp Court, the Police said.The Police said that the suspect was arrested by officers of the Keselwatte Police Station. He had in his possession a locally-manufactured gun and bullets.Investigations are underway.
Companies in this story: (TSX:SJ) The Canadian Press MONTREAL — Wood-products producer Stella Jones Inc. says company president and CEO Brian McManus will step down later this year after 18 years at the company.The company’s share price was down almost seven per cent in midday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange after announcing the news.Stella-Jones says McManus will leave his post on October 11 and will work with management on the leadership transition.The Montreal-based company says senior vice-president and chief financial officer Eric Vachon, who’s been with the company for 12 years, will serve as interim CEO until a permanent replacement is found.The company, which did not state a reason for McManus’ departure, reaffirmed its guidance for the year.Stella-Jones, which has some 2,000 employees and more than 35 plants, is a major producer of a range of pressure-treated wood products including railway ties and utility poles.
A large group of people allegedly threw rocks and darts at the police station on Tuesday evening, UN Police (UNPOL) spokeswoman Monica Rodrigues said in a press release, adding that when the officers tried to determine the reason for the attack they were also allegedly threatened with machetes and sling shots with metal balls.UNPOL, with help from a New Zealand Defence Force Unit, pursued the alleged offenders, arresting 17 people and confiscating 21 weapons, the release said. The attack appeared to be motivated by an earlier arrest of a group member, who has since been charged with possessing a gas grenade and a baton in connection with a gang rivalry.A judge in the capital’s District Court remanded the 17 in custody until their trial on a date yet to be announced. UNPOL has been stepping up its patrols and increasing its numbers in the tiny South-East Asian nation since the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) was created in August to help restore order after deadly violence broke out in April and May, causing the deaths of at least 37 people and forcing about 155,000 people – or 15 per cent of the population – to flee their homes.Last week, the UN signed an agreement with the Government giving it prime responsibility for policing throughout the country, which the world body shepherded to independence from Indonesia just four years ago. August’s Security Council resolution calls for a police presence of up to 1,608 qualified UNPOL officers from various nations to help Timor-Leste improve all aspects of policing operations including leadership, community-policing, investigations, traffic, public order and administration. There are currently 966 UNPOL officers in the country.Also in Timor-Leste, the first batch of UN Volunteers (UNV), out of a planned total of 250 to be brought in to help with next year’s elections, today showed off their Tetum skills after attending an intensive 3-week course to learn the local language.“The purpose of the course is to give the participants a basic command of Tetum to make it possible for them to communicate with the Timorese population in the districts and to perform their duties more effectively and with increased cultural sensitivity,” said UNV Tetum Language Coordinator Bodil Knudsen.
“The Commission’s seminal work both gave us a working definition of sustainable development and inspired the very first international conference to address both the environment and economic development simultaneously, the Rio Earth Summit,” said General Assembly President John W. Ashe in a statement delivered by his Deputy Chef-de-Cabinet, Noel Sinclair.The UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) was formed after the 1992 Summit and helped to generate action on a range of issues that led to international agreements or treaties on energy, oceans, sustainable consumption and production, and others.Its work also led to the establishment of the UN Forum on Forests, which has advanced progress on sustainable forestry through the adoption of the non-legally binding instrument on all types of forests in 2007.Mr. Ashe, a former President of one of the CSD sessions and a national of Antigua and Barbuda, said the Commission also gave the world’s small island developing States, and other countries in special circumstances, a “voice in this all-important conversation.” According to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s report on the lessons learned from the Commission, the contributions achieved by the CSD were also accompanied by a number of shortcomings, including the failure to fully integrate the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. The Commission, the report found, was also weak on its review and impact on the implementation of sustainable development. In June, the UN General Assembly established the High-level Political Forum, which will be launched on Tuesday at the high-level General Assembly debate in New York.The meeting is due to chart the course for implementing outcomes of the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, known as Rio+20, as well as accelerate progress on the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and define a new development agenda post-2015. The creation of the Forum emerged from Rio+20’s outcome document “The Future We Want,” to ensure that sustainable development tops the agenda of the highest levels of Government and is embraced by all actors.“Rio+20 overhauled UN institutions for sustainable development,” Bektas Mukhamedzhanov, Kazakhstan Vice-Minister of Environment Protection, said. “We must effectively use the new High-Level Political Forum to ensure that sustainable development continues to be implemented and is integrated into the heart of the post-2015 development agenda.”The Forum is due to convene annually at the ministerial level under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and it will, every four years, bring together heads of State to provide added momentum for sustainable development. “One distinct benefit of the new forum is that it is designed to attract participation from representatives of all three dimensions of sustainable development, rather than chiefly from members of the environmental community,” Mr. Ashe said in today’s statement.In an event marking the closure, the head of the United Nations environment agency (UNEP), Achim Steiner, said while the closing feels melancholy, it should be an occasion to celebrate.“It’s an affirmation of evolution,” Mr. Steiner said, not the equivalent of extinction, as CSD is replaced by its next articulation. Also addressing the participants, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Wu Hongbo said the transition starts a new period in history. “There is a realization that sustainable development—the integration of policies and actions that promote economic and social well-being that also protect the environment—have to have a prominent place on the international agenda at the highest levels,” Mr. Hongbo said.
Luminaries will be lit at the Relay for in honour of those affected by cancerHundreds of people will be bringing the fight against cancer to Brock’s campus on Friday.They’ll be doing battle by lacing up their running shoes and taking part in the St. Catharines Relay for Life, a 12-hour, continuous passing of the baton from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society.Though prime sleeping hours for most, Hilary Canviet said there’s symbolism to walking around the campus’s main traffic circle overnight. After all, cancer never sleeps. The transition between light and dark is also symbolic of what a cancer patient goes through physically and emotionally during treatment.“It adds to the emotions of the event and the feel of the event,” said Canviet, volunteer and event management student co-ordinator with Student Life and Community Experience. “You go from it being sunny to sunset to dark and dreary to that morning glory. It’s that fighting back and coming through.”Canviet, a Relay for Life veteran who has participated since she was in high school, admitted the event is exhausting despite teams tailoring their walking schedules. But the biology student, who has spent some of her time at Brock learning about cancer cells and the work on a cure, remains unfazed by the feat, given the money benefits the cancer research she has learned so much about.“To me, that we’re getting close to conquering cancer – anything that we can do to push us over that final border is exciting and I’m happy to help out,” Canviet said.Brock’s team in last year’s Relay for Life.Even though the event is Friday, there’s still time for others join those efforts. So far about 700 people spread over 86 teams have registered. Last year, 1,500 people took part.The registration fee is $10, which covers snacks and meals, and Canviet is encouraging participants to raise at least $50 to $100. Pledges can be made online.This year’s event also has a board game theme with participants urged to dress up like game pieces or characters and decorate their tents – a team’s home base for the night. Canviet will be sporting beige gear and a solitary black letter as an homage to her team’s Scrabble theme.“It’s a lot of fun when you’re able to put that twist on it,” she said.But it’s also a night filled with poignant moments, including the lighting of luminaries in honour of those affected by cancer. There are plenty of others, too.“There’s a lot of emotion,” Canviet said. “There’s a survivor lap and a lap at the end of the night when everyone is on the track so you have thousands of people walking together. It’s very powerful.”Team registration is open until Friday at 7 p.m. To take part, visit the Relay for Life website.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Mrs Farrow, a mother of five with strong religious views, allegedly used the wrong pronoun when referring to Ms Green’s transgender daughter. When Caroline Farrow, a Catholic commentator, and transgender rights campaigner Susie Green, agreed to take part in a television debate about a controversial Girl Guides policy, producers would have expected differences of opinion. Ms Green was so angered by what she described as a “distressing and spiteful” attack that she lodged a formal complaint with Surrey police…. But while the conversation on screen was certainly heated, it was what happened off-air when the pair continued the debate on Twitter that resulted in a six-month-long police investigation.
But insiders confirmed they were no plans for them to visit this year, pointing out that the trio are able to see the Queen regularly by virtue of living on the Windsor Castle estate. A source said the Duke and Duchess had only taken a short summer break, working on future projects and plans for their tour into August and returning this week for the Duke’s eco-tourism launch and the Duchess’s SmartWorks collaboration.In 2018, the Duke and Duchess stayed with the Prince of Wales at his Scottish residence of Birkhall and the Castle of Mey, but have never yet been spotted at Balmoral.Sign up for our free newsletter, Your Royal Appointment, for exclusive insight from Camilla Tominey and Hannah Furness. Later this month, he will travel to South Africa with his parents for his first overseas tour. Royal-watchers had expected to see the Sussexes join the Queen in Balmoral for a short trip, after a difficult summer in which they faced heavy criticism over their use of private jets. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have not visited the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh at Balmoral this summer, as they and baby Archie skip the Royal Family’s traditional retreat.The Sussexes, who have instead taken a holiday to Ibiza and stayed in the south of France with Sir Elton John, have no plans to join their family in the Scottish countryside this year, it is understood. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children were seen flying on a budget airline for a weekend at Balmoral, with the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall also joining the Queen on her Sunday visit to church. The Duke of York, Earl and Countess of Wessex and their two children, Princess Anne and Sir Timothy Laurence and Peter and Autumn Phillips have also been seen at the estate, where the family come and go annually to spend time with the Queen and Duke. The Sun reported the Sussex’s “snub” to the Queen, with sources claiming they declined an invitation because four-month-old Archie Mountbatten-Windsor was too young for the visit. The Queen and Duchess of Cambridge in Balmoral in AugustCredit:Getty The Balmoral summer holiday is a Royal Family favourite Credit:Getty