A police officer in Uttar Pradesh has been suspended after he was allegedly caught on an audio tape sharing details of a planned fake encounter with a suspected criminal and advising him on ways of surviving it.An enquiry has also been initiated against the officer, Suneet Kumar Singh, SHO of Mauranipur in Jhansi.Mr. Singh came under the scanner after an audio clip of him talking to a suspected criminal, identified as Lekhraj Yadav, on the telephone was widely circulated on social media. The veracity of the clip could not be confirmed. Lekhraj Yadav is a former block pramukh.In the lengthy conversation, Mr. Singh is heard advising Yadav to “manage” two BJP leaders Sanjay Dubey (BJP district president) and Rajiv Singh Paricha (MLA from Babina) if he wanted to survive a police encounter.‘Current govt. stricter’The police officer tells him that the current government under the BJP is stricter against criminals than the previous Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party governments and that he would have to “change with the times.”“You have 60 cases against you. You are the fittest case for encounter in UP. And this is a BJP government. Now who will help you, you figure out,” the officer says.Most of the audio is dominated by the officer’s voice and Yadav is mostly heard pleading to bail him out or inquiring about possible police action.“Madad karo yaar. Madad karo (Help, me friend. Help!),” Yadav says. Several times he is also heard claiming that false cases were lodged against him.The officer responds by saying that it is not in his control as a policy of encounters was on under the BJP rule.BJP MLA Paricha, who is named in the audio clip, said he was ready for any probe but added that if the contents of the audio were true, it raised a huge question on the role of the police officer.“That he speaks openly to a gangster and reveals police plan and gives him clues, is a matter of worry,” Mr. Paricha said.The audio clip has surfaced at a time the U.P. Police have eliminated more than 45 suspected criminals in alleged encounters since the Yogi Adityanath government took over. The Opposition parties have accused the government of engineering fake encounters and even the NHRC has sought explanations from it regarding specific cases. Samajwadi Party MLC Sunil Singh Saajan said the audio tape case had exposed the BJP government’s theory behind the encounters. “It has proven that the police is not deciding who is to be targetted in encounters, but BJP MLAs and district presidents are. They are targetting people on the basis of caste and religion, not crime,” Mr. Saajan said.
England won the toss and elected to bat first against IndiaWelcome to the coverage of Day 3 of the 3rd Test between India and England from the Rose Bowl stadium in Southampton.Day 1 | Day 2 That’ll be STUMPS ON DAY 3!!With MS Dhoni(50) and Mohammed Shami(4) at the crease, India end Day 3 at 323/8 after 102 overs.FOUR RUNS off the over!!101.2 overs: FOUR!! Mohammed Shami hangs back and steers it towards third man for a boundary.Chris Jordan will bowl the FINAL OVER of Day 3. With MS Dhoni(50) and Mohammed Shami(4) at the crease, India are currently at 323/8 after 102 overs.FOUR RUNS off the over!! 101.2 overs: FOUR!! Mohammed Shami goes on the backfoot and cuts it towards third man for a boundary. With MS Dhoni(50) and Mohammed Shami(0) at the crease, India are currently at 319/8 after 101 overs.FOUR RUNS off the over!!100.6 overs: FOUR!! MS Dhoni hangs back and smashes it over covers. That’s FIFTY for Dhoni!!That’s a WICKET MAIDEN by Broad!!Mohammed Shami comes to the crease for India.Stuart Broad GETS HIS THIRD WICKET!!98.4 overs: OUT!! Stuart Broad has got Bhuvneshwar Kumar out caught at third slip. Kumar was looking to push but gets an inside edge that lobs towards Gary Ballance who dives forward to take it cleanly. Bhuvneshwar Kumar departs after scoring 19 runs off 35 balls with four boundaries. EIGHT RUNS off the over!!Finally MS Dhoni hits a six in this series after 376 balls!#EngvInd Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) July 29, 201497.4 overs: SIX!! MS Dhoni rocks back and clouts the pull over midwicket for the maximum. That was TONKED by MSD!!advertisementTWELVE RUNS off the over!!96.4 overs: FOUR!! Bhuvneshwar Kumar gets on top of it and slaps it through covers for a boundary. CRACKING SHOT from Bhuvi!! With MS Dhoni(35) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar(7) at the crease, India are currently at 291/7 after 94 overs.SEVEN RUNS off the over!! 93.1 overs: FOUR!! Bhuvneshwar Kumar waits for it and steers it past third slip for a boundary. With MS Dhoni(35) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar(0) at the crease, India are currently at 284/7 after 93 overs. EIGHT RUNS off the over!!90.3 overs: FOUR!! MS Dhoni hangs back and flicks it off his pads for another boundary.90.1 overs: FOUR!! MS Dhoni presses forward and drills it through covers for a boundary.That’s a WICKET MAIDEN by Anderson!!Bhuvneshwar Kumar comes to the crease for India.88.1 overs: OUT!! James Anderson has got Ravindra Jadeja out lbw on a deceiving inswinger. Jadeja was slow in bringing his bat down and gets struck in front of the stumps. Ravindra Jadeja departs after scoring 31 runs off 52 balls with six boundaries. 81.1 overs: FOUR!! Ravindra Jadeja leans into the drive and creams it through covers for a boundary. LOOSE DELIVERY from Broad!! For all those asking… India need to make 370 to save follow-on #EngvInd Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) July 29, 2014With MS Dhoni(14) and Ravindra Jadeja(10) at the crease, India are currently at 238/6 after 81 overs.FOUR RUNS off the over!!79.2 overs: FOUR!! Ravindra Jadeja hangs back and steers it past gully for a boundary. With MS Dhoni(10) and Ravindra Jadeja(4) at the crease, India are currently at 228/6 after 74 overs.Part timer Moeen Ali picking up wickets against the side which has players known to be the best against spin #inexplicable #IndvsEng Ruchir Mishra (@Meet_Ruchir) July 29, 2014SIX RUNS off the over!!72.3 overs: FOUR!! MS Dhoni stands tall and smashes it straight down the ground for a boundary. TYPICAL Dhoni there!!TWO RUNS off the over!!Ravindra Jadeja comes to the crease for India.The Rahane dismissal sums up Indias test so far. Too casual and no luck. #IndvsEng Rajiv Krishnan (@aarkay123) July 29, 2014Ajinkya Rahane THROWS HIS WICKET AWAY!!70.1 overs: That’s OUT!! Moeen Ali has got Ajinkya Rahane out caught at mid-on. Rahane was looking to go over midwicket but mistimes it straight down the throat of mid-on for a simple catch. Ajinya Rahane departs after scoring 54 runs off 113 balls with five boundaries. With MS Dhoni(2) and Ajinkya Rahane(50) at the crease, India are currently at 212/5 after 67 overs.TWO RUNS off the over!!MS Dhoni comes to the crease for India.Only Rohit Sharma has the skill to get set and throw his wicket away! #INDVsENG shekhar Tyagi (@shekhartyagi7) July 29, 2014Moeen Ali GETS THE BREAKTHROUGH for England!!66.2 overs: OUT!! Moeen Ali has got Rohit Sharma out caught at mid-off. Sharma was looking to go over the in-field but holes out to a poor shot at mid-off. Rohit Sharma departs after scoring 28 runs off 61 balls with three boundaries. POOR SHOT from Sharma!! With Rohit Sharma(23) and Ajinkya Rahane(50) at the crease, India are currently at 205/4 after 65 overs.advertisementRahane is a promising middle order batsman…..well made fifty…. #INDvsENG lokesh (@Lokeshleads) July 29, 2014FIVE RUNS off the over!!62.4 overs: FOUR!! Rohit Sharma rocks back and smacks it towards the cow corner for a boundary.62.2 overs: Ajinkya Rahane presses forward and punches it towards mid-on for a single. That’s FIFTY for Rahane!! With Rohit Sharma(0) and Ajinkya Rahane(21) at the crease, India are currently at 140/4 after 49 overs.How many times we get the feeling that India is not batting on the same pitch on which opposition scored tons of runs. #IndvsEng #EngvInd Shan (@s_shaanu) July 29, 2014That’s a WICKET MAIDEN from Anderson!!Rohit Sharma comes to the crease for India.It is more worse if you get out after spending enough time to settle. You should capatalise it into a long one #IndvsEng #kohli Annna (@iapundir) July 29, 2014James Anderson GETS HIS SECOND WICKET for England!!47.6 overs: That’s OUT!! James Anderson has got Virat Kohli out caught at the first slip. Kohli was forced to play at it and gets an outside edge through to Alastair Cook at first slip. Virat Kohli departs after scoring 39 runs off 75 balls with three boundaries. BIG WICKET for England!! With Virat Kohli(28) and Ajinkya Rahane(16) at the crease, India are currently at 123/3 after 43 overs.This is the Moment for @imVkohli . Cometh the hour, Cometh the man #IndvsEng” ????????? ?????? (@AbhiYuvian) July 29, 2014EIGHT RUNS off the over!! 42.1 overs: FOUR!! Virat Kohli Leans forward and whips it past mid-off for a boundary. CRACKING SHOT by Kohli!!ONE RUN off the over!!James Anderson will bowl from the other end for England.SIX RUNS off the over!!40.6 overs: FOUR!! Ajinkya Rahane picks the length early and drills it through covers for a boundary.Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane are out in the middle for India while Moeen Ali will start the proceedings for England.And, we’re back!! Lunch: India are in a spot of bother after losing two quick wickets early in the first session. England seamers are causing all sorts of troubles for the Indian batsmen. James Anderson opened his account yesterday while Stuart Broad’s disciplined line earned him two crucial wickets today. Broad and Anderson showed there’s enough bounce and swing in the pitch that once looked flat during the England innings. Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane have a huge task at their hands to play out the England bowlers who are currently bowling with intent. Rahane was also lucky not to be ruled out caught behind off Moeen Ali. Team India need to stabilize their innings and these two will have to play out of their skins until the ball is a bit softer to score freely. On the other hand, England will continue to exert pressure on the Indian batsmen while trying to sneak in another wicket in the next session. With Virat Kohli(18) and Ajinkya Rahane(11) at the crease, India are currently at 108/3 after 40 overs.That’s a MAIDEN by Woakes!!Chris Woakes will bowl the FINAL OVER before lunch!! advertisementWith Virat Kohli(17) and Ajinkya Rahane(8) at the crease, India are currently at 104/3 after 35 overs.NINE RUNS off the over!!34.6 overs: FOUR!! Ajinkya Rahane leans into the drive and sends it racing through covers for a boundary. That was SLIGHTLY OVERPITCHED from Ali!!Moeen Ali comes into the attack for England. With Virat Kohli(11) and Ajinkya Rahane(1) at the crease, India are currently at 90/3 after 32 overs.Indian batsmans struggling to stand on pitch..this is the kind of situations where you remember Dravid and Laxman..#IndvsEng ikramhasan (@ikrampatel) July 29, 2014ONE RUN off the over!!Ajinkya Rahane is the new man in for India.Struggling with bat, team in dire straits and Kohli steals a single. Anushka Sharma won’t be impressed. #IndvsEng Stereotypewriter (@babumoshoy) July 29, 2014Stuart Broad GETS HIS SECOND WICKET for England!!Superb bowling spell by @StuartBroad8 taken 2 wicket #IndvsEng Rajesh Khilare (@Cricrajeshpk) July 29, 201429.5 overs: That’s OUT!! Stuart Broad has bowled Murali Vijay on a good length delivery. Vijay was indecisive whether to play at it or leave which finally results in an inside edge back onto the stumps. Murali Vijay departs after scoring 35 runs off 95 balls with five boundaries. India in TATTERS now!!FOUR RUNS off the over!!28.6 overs: FOUR!! Murali Vijay presses forward and carves it through gully for a boundary. With Virat Kohli(9) and Murali Vijay(31) at the crease, India are currently at 83/2 after 28 overs.FOURTEEN RUNS off the over!!26.5 overs: FOUR!! Murali Vijay employs the backfoot drive and sends it racing past mid-off for a boundary.26.2 overs: FOUR!! Virat Kohli leans forward and drills it through covers for a boundary. That was BEAUTIFULLY TIMED by Kohli!!That’s a WICKET MAIDEN from Broad!!Virat Kohli comes to the crease for India.23.2 overs: OUT!! Stuart Broad has got Cheteshwar Pujara out caught by the wicket-keeper. Pujara pokes at it and gets an outside edge through to Jos Buttler behind the stumps. Cheteshwar Pujara departs after scoring 24 runs off 52 balls with three boundaries. BIG BLOW for India!!22.5 overs: FOUR!! Murali Vijay gets on the frontfoot and whips it through midwicket for a boundary.21.2 overs: FOUR!! Murali Vijay rocks back and carves it through gully for a boundary.20.5 overs: FOUR!! Cheteshwar Pujara leans into the drive and sends it scurrying through covers for a boundary. CRACKING SHOT from Pujara!!18.3 overs: FOUR!! Cheteshwar Pujara waits for it and steers it towards third man for a boundary.17.1 overs: FOUR!! Cheteshwar Pujara reaches out and slashes it towards third man for a boundary.That’s a MAIDEN from Woakes!!Chris Woakes will bowl from the other end for England.TWO RUNS off the over!!Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara are out in the middle for India while James Anderson will start the proceedings for England on Day 3.Toss: England won the toss and elected to bat first against India.Changes: India have made two changes with Rohit Sharma and Pankaj Singh replacing Stuart Binny and injured Ishant Sharma. On the other hand, England have opted for three changes with Jos Buttler replacing Matt Prior as wicketkeeper, while Chris Woakes and Chris Jordan replace Liam Plunkett and Ben Stokes in the bowling attack.Teams:England: Alastair Cook, Sam Robson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Joss Buttler, Chris Jordan, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James AndersonIndia: Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Rohit Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Pankaj Singh
Assessment notices are in the mail today, Feb. 7, to Nova Scotia property owners. In Halifax Regional Municipality, the value of residential property assessments is more than $23 billion, an increase of 10 per cent from 2006. Commercial property assessments totalled almost $8 billion, an increase of almost 8.5 per cent. “These assessments reflect a continuing increase in residential property values throughout HRM,” said Lloyd MacLellan, regional manager of the central assessment office. “The commercial increase can be explained partially because of increased commercial property values, and new commercial construction.” Property assessment notices for most residential properties will include a personal identification number along with the assessment account number. By entering this information on the assessment website, www.nsassessment.ca, owners can look up assessment information about their property. Those without Internet access can obtain the information and answers to assessment questions by calling 1-800-667-5727. Property owners may appeal the market-value assessment if they do not believe their assessment is a reasonable estimate of market value as of Jan. 1, 2005. To appeal, the form on the bottom of the assessment notice must be filled out and returned to the regional assessment office by midnight Wednesday, Feb. 28. Property owners cannot appeal the capped assessment. Residential property owners who have applied for the 2007 CAP program will know if they received the cap when they get their assessment notice. If they see a value in the capped-value section of their notice, they will be taxed on that value. The CAP rate for the 2007-2008 tax year was set by the province at 10 per cent. Applications for the CAP program for the 2007-2008 tax year were due Sept. 30, 2006. Beginning with the 2008-2009 tax year, the CAP rate will be set at Nova Scotia’s Consumer Price Index. Applications for the CAP program for the 2008-2009 tax year are due Sept. 30. They are available at any assessment office or on-line at www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/asmt/cap/.
New Delhi: Mutual fund houses should ensure that banks — where a scheme has parked funds in the lender’s short-term deposits — do not invest in that particular scheme, according to Sebi. The markets watchdog has issued a clarification regarding ‘parking of funds in short-term deposits of scheduled commercial banks by mutual funds — pending deployment’. “Trustees/ asset management companies (AMCs) shall ensure that no funds of a scheme is parked in STD (short-term deposit) of a bank which has invested in that scheme,” Sebi said in a circular on Friday. Further, it said trustees and AMCs should ensure that the banks in which a scheme has STD do not invest in the same scheme until the scheme has STD with such banks. As per regulations, a mutual fund may invest funds in short-term deposits of schedule commercial banks, subject to certain conditions.
Sport Relief has announced that James Bay, winner of best British Male Solo Artist at this year’s Brit Awards, is releasing a very special version of his track ‘Running’ as the official Sport Relief 2016 single, available to download on iTunes now.The original song is from the deluxe edition of James’ Double Platinum, number one debut album, Chaos and the Calm, and this new version has been re-recorded live from the world famous Abbey Road Studios to raise money for Sport Relief. The track is available to download on iTunes from today.The video for the single was filmed during James’ live recording at Abbey Road Studios and is available to watch now on Vevo. James Bay is also planning a special live performance of the track which will be shown as part of the Sport Relief Night of TV on Friday 18th March on BBC One.James Bay said: “I was very proud to be asked by Comic Relief to release ‘Running’ as the official Sport Relief single and it was such a great experience to record this special version live from Abbey Road Studios. This song is one that is very close to my heart and it feels like the perfect fit to release it with Sport Relief. Having been given the opportunity to see first-hand where the money raised for Sport Relief goes, I am very proud to be working with the charity to help raise money for people living incredibly tough lives both here at home in the UK and across the world’s poorest communities.”Comic Relief Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Cahill, said: “We’re very excited to be working with James and are so grateful to him and Republic Records for recording this fantastic version of ‘Running’, which is the perfect track to have as the Sport Relief single. This year’s campaign is set to be the biggest and best yet with more ways than ever for people across the nation to take part, raise cash and feel proud.”James recorded the track in Abbey Road Studios last month. The single is produced and written by James Bay.
A cornerstone resource offered through the James A. Gibson Library will soon get a new look.The current Scholars Portal Search interface Illumina will be replaced with a new one, ProQuest, that promises to deliver a better search experience.The switchover will occur on Friday, July 29. Some users who have bookmarked a database or have saved searches via Illumina will then be required to update them.This change will only affect the Scholars Portal Search interface and not the multitude of other Scholars Portal services currently available. This means that Scholars Portal eJournals and Scholars Portal eBooks will continue to provide an enormous selection of full-text resources to Brock users.If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your liaison librarian, the Library’s help desk at 905-688-5550 x3233, or Live Help.
FARDC troops backed by attack helicopters and the Force Intervention Brigade of the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) took control of bases used by the National Liberation Front, known by the French acronym FNL, in an area of restive South Kivu Province.“The joint operation FARDC-MONUSCO against FNL is a strong signal for all armed groups, including the FDLR (Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda): the only way toward peace is through voluntary disarmament,” said MONUSCO chief, Martin Kobler.His comments come as MONUSCO prepares to launch military operations against the FDLR, another armed group operating in eastern DRC, which missed a deadline for the unconditional surrender of its forces on 2 January.They follow also a joint FARDC-MONUSCO attack against the rebel Ugandan Allied Democratic Forces in North Kivu and the arrest of Cobra Matata, leader of the Force de Résistance Patriotique de l’Ituri (FRPI) which took place over the weekend.The FNL is a Burundian group that is deemed to pose an unacceptable threat to the security and stability in the eastern DRC and the joint offensive launched against the group was part of an operation initiated in late 2014 aiming to disarm armed groups operating in the Ruzizi plain and nearby areas.The FNL’s neutralization is considered of paramount importance for MONUSCO and the FARDC to ensure civilian security in South Kivu.“We are prepared to fight all armed groups and protect civilians,” said Major General Jean Baillaud, MONUSCO Force Commander ad interim. “This military success clearly shows FARDC and MONUSCO’s capacities to conduct joint actions and their common determination to neutralize all armed groups.”
“On 26 July, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) identified at least 450 civilians who have been killed since late April – including more than a hundred in the last two weeks alone”, Mark Lowcock, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs reminded Council members. Many hundreds more have been injured, over 440,000 displaced and dozens of civilians killed or injured by shelling of the Security Council-listed terrorist group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and the non-State armed groups associated with them.He recounted the story of a surgeon at Idlib Central Hospital who said that while he lives at the top of the building, the patients are in the lower floors and basement, because that is where it is safest.Days before speaking to the doctor, “a bomb landing 50 meters away blew out all the glass and windows of his room”, Mr. Lowcock relayed. Today I briefed the @UN Security Council on behalf of Dr. Mohammed, his patients, the people of Idleb, and the rest of Syria. For the last 90 days, the Council has done nothing as the carnage continues. My remarks: https://t.co/eleYv8n6R3— Mark Lowcock (@UNReliefChief) July 30, 2019 Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock updates the Security Council on the situation in Syria. (30 July 2019), by UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeDeconfliction systemMr. Lowcock then told the Council that through the deconfliction system, humanitarian agencies provide OCHA with information to identify “static civilian locations or humanitarian movements”, whose coordinates are then shared with International Coalition Forces, Turkey and Russia.Whether that information is being used to protect civilian facilities or to target them is “an extremely important question”, he stressed, adding his conclusion that currently, “deconfliction is not proving effective in helping to protect those who utilize the system”. “I have asked my team to meet again with the humanitarian organizations who would like their activities to be deconflicted to update them on the current situation and determine again whether we should continue to provide information to the parties on new sites or humanitarian movements”, he stated.Healthcare facilitiesTurning to a 16 July letter saying that terrorist groups took over 119 mostly-unnamed hospitals in Idlib, therefore, they can no longer be considered healthcare centres or even civilian objects, the humanitarian chief negated the claims, as well as another accusation in the letter stating that there is no ambulance network left in the province. His fourth point on whether the UN would pass information about attacks on civilians and civilian objects to the International Impartial and Independent Mechanism and Commission of Inquiry, he said “the answer is yes, we will do that, subject only to the proviso that those giving us sensitive information consent to it being passed on”.Humanitarian workThe OCHA head spoke at length about the important humanitarian work being carried out and the needs that lie ahead. “Some recent reports have claimed that UN humanitarian assistance reaches only those in areas not controlled by the Government”, he argued. “That is untrue”. Most UN assistance goes to Government-controlled areas.“Significant gaps in access still remain”, he said, noting his concern for 24,000 people in Rukban and calling “again” for access to reach them.Significant gaps in access still remain – UN Emergency Relief Coordinator “I also call on all Member States to de-escalate growing tensions along the borders in the northeast and avoid any actions that may cause further displacement, casualties and suffering.And on Idlib, he enlightened the Council that this month, “cross-border aid aims to reach some 1.2 million people”, adding that “in the current circumstances, there is no other way to provide adequate support to the three million civilians who are in the area”.“You in this Security Council have ignored all the previous pleas you have heard”, Mr. Lowcock spelled out. “You know what is happening and you have done nothing for 90 days as the carnage continues in front of your eyes”. “Are you going to…do something about it?”, asked the UN humanitarian chief. “A day or so before that, another bomb had hit a gynecological facility 200 metres away”, he said, explaining that the hospital is in a deconflicted area, which was established through a Memorandum of Understanding between Russia and Turkey to separate pro-Government forces and militant opposition fighters.Tracking information Mr. Lowcock responded to a series of questions posed by the Council on 18 July, beginning with how OHCHR gets it information. In addition to direct or verified sources, which are “triangulated, reviewed and confirmed”, he informed the members that “our teams on the ground tell us what they see” – as do partners. “Testimony comes from those closest to the source, who are assessed by the UN as credible”, he continued. “We use imagery, including satellite imagery, or geotagged and time stamped pictures of medical facilities, that have been analyzed and assessed by the UN”. The humanitarian chief added: “We see videos, of explosions, destroyed buildings, scorched bodies and screaming children”. And there are other sources, including media, humanitarian partners and UN agencies like the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). “Then of course there is the testimony of the people of Idlib themselves”, he asserted. “I spoke yesterday by video link to two groups of displaced people in different parts of Idlib”, who said they “are being bombed every day by the Russians and the regime”.When asked what they needed, the response was clear: “We just want the bombing to stop” because “we are afraid” and “just want to live in peace.”Mr. Lowcock maintained that many of the millions of children aged eight to 12 had been “forced to flee with their families”. “I asked if any of them go to school”, he said. “No. It’s not safe. They hit our schools”, was the response. “We all know exactly what has been happening for the last three months” in Idlib, the humanitarian chief underscored. “There is no shortage of information”.
The overall bus and coach market rose 93.5% to 917 registrations in June, and 62.3% over the half year.The purpose-built bus and coach sector rose 50% in the month and 45.6% in the first six months of 2012.Converted bus registrations were up 197.1% in June and 81.2% for the year-to-date.“The UK bus and coach sector saw solid growth in June, up more than 90%, as operators pulled forward orders ahead of the London 2012 games,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Despite fragile economic conditions, overall bus and coach registrations have enjoyed nine consecutive months of growth, with registrations rising 60% in the first half of 2012. While maintaining this momentum will be tough, the tangible benefits provided by the latest technologies entering the market will continue to attract operators seeking to boost the efficiency and affordability of their fleets.”Click through to download the full June 2012 bus and coach registrations news release and data tables, which include a more detailed analysis of the figures.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
After more than two months of consultation, the Andrews Labor Government’s draft Bill to repeal and replace the Local Government Act 1989, was met with a response by the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV).The bill is a once-a-generation opportunity for a complete overhaul of local governance, regulating representation structures and voting methods for council elections across Victoria, while at the same time requiring that councils adopt long-term plans and budgets backed by their local communities, and calling for most council meetings to be open to the public.It is one of the key election commitments of the Andrews government, and one that is announced as a vast improvement on the governance of Victoria’s councils, ensuring ratepayers get the representation they deserve.“We’re putting people first and getting it done – updating laws that haven’t been properly updated in decades,” Minister for Local Government Marlene Kairouz had said, at the bill’s presentation,pointing to the fact that the 1989 act had been amended about 100 times.The Municipal Association of Victoria has welcomed many of the proposed reforms, while at the same time raising a number of concerns including an expanded use of regulation, electoral structures, conflict of interest provisions, and a failure to properly review the rating system.“We are pleased the Government has listened and acted on earlier feedback received from councils,” MAV President, Cr Mary Lalios said, referring to the parts of the bill that have changed from the earlier Direction’s paper. “Significant parts of the Bill have received widespread support from councils, including a new 10-year community vision and financial plan, councils determining their own community engagement policies, and the requirements for councils to have a customer complaints policy and a publicly transparent gifts policy,” she said, welcoming the opportunity to ensure the laws become more contemporary and reflect the evolution of local government.The MAV’s response is presented in detail in a draft discussion paper, which came as the outcome of six member consultations held across Victoria and attended by more than 200 mayors, councillors and officers, alongside with subsequent submissions received from councils. One of the issues of concern for the MAV is regarding a fundamental change proposed: the intent to use regulation and guidance (best practice guidelines) rather than detail through the Act. “This change minimises Parliament’s role to determine local government practices, and instead shifts it to the Minister,” Cr Lalios said. “What regulations might be introduced and their content is also unknown and raises further concerns.”The MAV is also opposed to the proposal to remove mixed multi-member wards and the combination of multi-member and single member wards. “These electoral structures have provided effective representation models in rural areas where populations are dispersed regionally and concentrated in towns,” Cr Lalios stressed.The MAV submission also reiterated local government’s ongoing opposition to the State Government rate cap and called for reconsideration of the arrangements for growth councils, together with a review and streamlining of the application process for a variation to the cap. “Rates are the single biggest component of a council’s income,” Cr Lalios said, urging the Government to consult further on this matter. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
In a week when America is thanking those who have served, a Vietnam veteran wanted to thank his nurse.Steven Jimerfield was recovering from surgery about three weeks ago. It was shoulder surgery; it didn’t have anything to do with his time in Vietnam … but a part of his brain didn’t know that.And for a few minutes, the unconscious Coast Guard veteran thought he was on a river patrol boat, surrounded by jungle.“I had a flashback to Vietnam. I think I started crying,” Jimerfield said last Wednesday at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. “I don’t know why. I didn’t see heavy combat.”Terri Kramer, a surgical services nurse, was there to help Jimerfield through it.“Coming out of anesthesia, he was distressed. He wasn’t verbalizing much,” said Kramer, who said she knew something was going on because she has seen this sort of thing before as a nurse in the recovery room.“People don’t always know what’s going on,” Kramer said. “A police officer who was coming out of anesthesia had been (working) undercover. He thought we were going to kill him.“It’s just letting them know you’re there, recognizing that they are in distress,” the nurse said.As Jimerfield described the flashback, “I knew I was in the jungle in a PBR” — the Navy designation for patrol boat, river.He quickly realized that Kramer “was holding my hand, telling me that everything is OK, stroking my arm.”A few days ago, Jimerfield and his wife, Sharon, returned to Legacy Salmon Creek to thank Kramer. He gave Kramer a pair of commemorative coins marking the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.
By Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.orgPrince George’s County continues to be plagued by fatal automobile accidents. There is not any consistency with the trend of incidents which have taken the lives of victims for seven consecutive weeks since the start of 2019.These tragic incidents continued Saturday March 9 when one person was killed and three others were injured in a crash involving four vehicles on Interstate 95 near Beltsville. Maryland State Police said the crash occurred around 4:30 a.m. in the northbound lanes of I-95 before the MD-212 Exit 29 for Powder Mill Road causing traffic delays until mid-morning.Prince George’s County has been plagued by fatal automobile accidents for seven consecutive weeks since the start of 2019, most recently on I-95 before MD-212 Exit 29 for Powder Mill Road. (Courtesy Photo)Police initially said that a Honda Civic driven by an unidentified woman was traveling in the wrong direction on the northbound lanes of I-95 but, after more extensive investigation that has yet to be determined. However, what has been confirmed is the Civic was traveling on I-95 when it crashed into a Mitsubishi Gallant and into a BMW 325. The Mitsubishi was driven by Keith Hingle, 31, of Beltsville who was uninjured, according to multiple reports.The driver of the BMW, Olayanju Kayode, 35, of Laurel, flew partially through the windshield while the Honda then collided with a Lexus RX350 that was being driven by Earl Ross Jr., 46, of Mechanicsville. Reports say the Honda drifted onto the right shoulder of the road, and caught fire with the driver inside, who died at the scene, police said. NBC 4 News identified the Honda driver as 57-year-old Shana Subram, a wife and mother of two children with autism, who was on her way to work as a physician’s assistant at a jail in Baltimore.Subram, loved her job, but lived in Rockville and worried about her long commute. “She wanted to leave this job for the longest time. It is very dangerous going there,” Subram’s husband Hans Bergmann told NBC 4 News.Antoine Bethea, 43, of Gaither Street in Temple Hills was killed when his car ran off the road and hit a tree in Upper Marlboro during the late evening hours on Thursday February 28. According to multiple reports Bethea was the only victim in the accident.He was pronounced dead on the scene. There has been no indication of foul play, racing or collision and there were no witnesses to the accident.Patrol officers were called to the 11000 block of Old Marlboro Pike for a fatal collision involving a single vehicle. When the officers arrived, they found a mangled vehicle that veered off the road with Bethea’s body unconscious and unresponsive inside.Then in Oxon Hill, a pedestrian victim was located on the 100 block of Monument Avenue in Oxon Hill, near MGM National Harbor for the report of an injured person in the roadway.The preliminary investigation lasted well into the night and officers were able to ultimately locate and view surveillance video which is the only piece of evidence that provides any context to what may have happened.It showed the pedestrian attempting to cross Monument Avenue when an unknown-colored sedan traveling from Rivercrest Road merged onto Monument Avenue and struck him. Video shows the sedan, after impact, slowed down for a moment and then sped back up towards the Beltway and left the scene. The pedestrian was not in a crosswalk.Law enforcement officials have identified the victim and notified his family but haven’t released his name as the investigation continues while his life is uncertain.Southern Maryland roads in the Oxon Hill corridor continue to be the most dangerous roadways in the state. AAA Mid-Atlantic released data from its analysis of crash data provided by County police in January which revealed at least 14 traffic related in crashes along MD Rt. 210 over the past four years. Three pedestrians also have died there since 2013. Four motorcyclists were also killed in crashes on Indian Head Highway between 2014 and 2017. At the current pace 2019 may shatter the dubious record by mid-summer.
Kolkata: Metro services was disrupted during office hours on Monday morning, when passengers agitated at Sovabazar Metro station after air-conditioning facilities in a compartment stopped functioning. Sources said that the passengers were asked to vacate a compartment of the New Garia bound rake, after the air-conditioning facilities, as well as the lights in the compartment, stopped working soon after the train left Shyambazar station. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAn announcement was immediately made to vacate the compartment at Sovabazar and board the next train, or if possible, accommodate themselves in the other compartments of the same train.However, the passengers alighted at the station at around 9.58 am and started agitating. The train was stranded in the down line at the station for over 23 minutes, after the metro officials along with RPF personnel managed to pacify the passengers. The rake was removed and taken to the carshed. Services in the down line resumed at around 10.21 am. MPOST