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We get to rub our shoulders against the best: Sunil Chhetri after Asian Cup qualification

first_imgHaving missed out on the 2015 Asian Cup, India captain Sunil Chhetri is determined to prove himself at the 2019 edition of the continent’s premier football tournament.India qualified for the 2019 Asian Cup after thrashing Macau 4-1 in their qualifier at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium on Wednesday evening.India had failed to qualify for the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup and thus also failed to qualify for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup.    Earned our right to battle against Asias best and what better place to do it than at the Fortress. Happy,proud,relieved and more. pic.twitter.com/a4DkDJCCNK- Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) October 11, 2017″I was there when we missed out in 2015 and that still hurts me,” Chhetri said after the match.”This is the tournament we play for. We get to rub our shoulders against best in Asia which we don’t get many times,” he added.Rowllin Borges (28th minute) put India ahead in the first half before Sunil Chhetri (60th) and Jeje Lalpekhlua (90+2) found the net after the break.After a gap of 8 years, we’re back in @afcasiancup. UAE, here we come. #BackTheBlue #AsianDream pic.twitter.com/IU5Zwj9K8G- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 11, 2017Macau defender Man Fai Ho scored an own goal in the 70th minute while trying to clear a pass into the penalty box by India’s Halicharan Narzary.Nicholas Mario de Almeida Torrao scored the lone goal for the visitors in the 37th minute.The Indians have been in impressive form, winning all the four group matches they have played so far to ensure qualification in style.advertisementThe scenes after India qualified for the AFC Asian Cup 2019. #BackTheBlue #AsianDream pic.twitter.com/mWuhE5Upll- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 11, 2017Chhetri praised his teammates for their performance, but admitted that the Indians will have to be at the top of their game and cut out the mistakes when they travel to the United Arab Emirates in 2019 for the tournament proper.”Amazing feeling. We have worked hard for this. Quite a group. Good last 3 points. great feeling. Happy with the way we bounced back,” the striker said.”Just four teams qualified. It shows our hard work. We will keep working hard.”We can’t lose our cool. The goal we conceded was against the run of play. Balwant had great pace and set it up for me to finish,” he added.last_img read more


November 18, 2019 0

12 days agoLiverpool goalkeeper coach Achterberg leaves door open for Lonergan stay

first_imgLiverpool goalkeeper coach Achterberg leaves door open for Lonergan stayby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool goalkeeper coach John Achterberg has lifted the lid on signing Andy Lonergan.A goalkeeping shortage ahead of a tour of the United States brought Lonergan, a long-serving goalkeeper of the second tier, on board, literally, with the Premier League title hopefuls as they jetted across the Atlantic.Lonergan’s professionalism was understood to have impressed Reds officials, who handed him a short-term contract to keep him on.”Lonergan has come in to do this job because of the injury [to Alisson],” Achterberg told the Liverpool Echo. “He has done a good job and he works really hard every day. That is a good step for us this year. We will have to look at the end of the season to decide what we will do.”But just how has a soon-to-be 36-year-old journeyman of the lower leagues ended up signing for a team who collected 97 Premier League points the season previous?Achterberg adds: “We had, at that time, agents dropping names and then actually someone came to Michael Edwards (sporting director) with his name.”We were not thinking about signing another goalkeeper but we were short because Kamil Grabara went to Huddersfield and then I think Ali was on holiday and Caoimhin Kelleher broke his wrist, so we were really short.”Then, Andy had said to the club he would come in on non-contract terms and train to stay fit and that was a winning situation for us and him. Then he worked hard, got fit and he was waiting for something to happen somewhere, he had a few shouts to move and that didn’t come off so he stayed training with us.”Then Ali got injured and Simon Mignolet was leaving quickly, it was all done in a week so we were really short. Then we were looking at what was available as the [transfer] deadline had gone and Andy had done really well.”He played some games and had done well. If we were bringing in someone who hadn’t trained with us, then they would have to get up to speed really well. Andy had been training with us and was up to speed. So it made sense to keep him on and he has helped us. He is a good guy and he has fitted in well.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


October 28, 2019 0

India not thinking about winning or losing ahead of World Cup my only concern: Clarke

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 1, 2019UPDATED: March 1, 2019 21:31 IST Vikram SharmaMichael Clarke (former captain, Australia cricket team) at the India Today Conclave 2019 in Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi on 1st March 2019. Photograph by Vikram SharmaHIGHLIGHTSMichael Clarke suggested India are focussed more on giving chances to the bench ahead of World CupClarke said his approach as captain would have been to win as many matches in the lead up to the World CupIndia lost a two-match T20I series 2-0 to Australia earlier this weekFormer Australia captain Michael Clarke said on Friday that he is a bit concerned about India’s chopping and changing strategy ahead of the World Cup. Clarke opined that India are not “too concerned” about winning or losing at the moment and are rather focussing on getting their combination right for the quadrennial showpiece event.Michael Clarke’s comments come after India were whitewashed in the two-match T20I series by Australia earlier this week. India had left out their go-to spinner Kuldeep Yadav from the squad and also rotated their openers, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma.Speaking after the series loss in Bengaluru, captain Virat Kohli had said the team management wanted to give game time to “everyone” and see how they reacted. However, Kohli shot back at a scribe who had asked whether the team is experimenting at the cost of winning the series on the eve of the five-match ODI series on Friday.Kohli had said India are playing the series to win and insisted Australia won the T20I series because they were a better side. “From outside, it’s easy to say, they don’t have the heart to play. We always want to win games for India,” Kohli had said.Stressing that as a former captain, his approach would have been to win all the games in the lead up to the World Cup, Clarke, at India Today Conclave 2019 in New Delhi, said: “My only concern with India’s approach in the first two T20s against Australia and in the current series is that they are not too concerned about winning or losing those games.advertisement”Listening to Virat talking after the last T20, these ODIs their approach is going to be the same, they are going to try a few players whom they are going to take in the 15 to the World Cup. That would be a little bit different from my approach. My attitude leading up to the World Cup was trying and winning every game to get the momentum and get confidence into our group.”Clarke also pointed out that the pressure of the “favourite tag” should only spur on top teams at the World Cup and not the other way around.”I don’t think there’s anything wrong about being the favourites, it’s all about the attitude. I think back in 2007, when Australia won the World Cup in the Caribbean, we were the favourites, we didn’t lose a single game and went on to win the World Cup. The tag of the favourites perhaps enhanced the way we wanted to play, like favourites. Yes we had so much of experience in that team and that perhaps made it easier as well,” Clarke added.”Sometimes I do feel that if you put a tournament at a very high pedestal, it may be hard to reach sometimes.”Also Read | Playing to win series vs Aus or else I’ll leave the ball to hit the stumps: Virat KohliAlso Read | Don’t think India will be under extra pressure vs Pakistan at 2019 World Cup: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Mithali Raj ready to give 2021 Women’s World Cup a shotAlso See:For 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow 2019 World CupFollow India national cricket teamFollow India Today Conclave 2019Follow Michael Clarke India not thinking about winning or losing ahead of World Cup my only concern: ClarkeSpeaking at India Today Conclave 2019 in New Delhi, former Australia captain Michael Clarke said top teams will not feel the pressure of the “favourite tag” at the 2019 World Cupadvertisementlast_img read more


October 25, 2019 0

Joshna Chinappa continues impressive run to reach quarters in Egypt

first_img Press Trust of India CairoMarch 13, 2019UPDATED: March 13, 2019 17:35 IST Joshna Chinappa defeated Nicol David to book her place in the quarterfinals (PTI Photo)India’s squash star Joshna Chinappa extended her impressive run in the Women’s Black Ball Squash Open with a fighting win over sixth seed Sarah-Jane Perry here.After downing the legendary Nicol David in the first round, she wore down the English player 11-4, 6-11, 14-12, 11-9 to storm into the quarterfinals of the PSA gold event on Tuesday.It was Joshna’s first win over Sarah in almost seven years, having beaten her last in the 2012 Chennai Open.It was a match of over four games but on this occasion, the Indian seemed in greater control and nothing displayed that better than the first game. Though the higher-ranked Sarah came back strongly in the next, Joshna was ready for the fight.In the last eight, Joshna plays third Joelle King of New Zealand.For 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 Tags :Follow Joshna ChinappaFollow Quarter-finalsFollow EgyptFollow Nicol DavidFollow PSAFollow Squash Joshna Chinappa continues impressive run to reach quarters in EgyptJoshna Chinappa defeated Nicol David 11-4, 6-11, 14-12, 11-9 to storm into the quarterfinals of the Women’s Black Ball Squash Openadvertisement Nextlast_img read more


October 25, 2019 0

IMF Agreement will not affect Shipping and Logistics Project – Hylton

first_imgIndustry, Investment and Commerce Minister, Hon. Anthony Hylton, is allaying concerns that the conclusion of an agreement with the International Monetary (IMF) could impact progress on the development of Jamaica’s global shipping and logistics hub. Speaking at the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce’s (JCC) Breakfast Forum at the Knutsford Court Hotel, New Kingston on Tuesday (December 18), Mr. Hylton said that the Government has already indicated that the hub’s development is the administration’s “priority programme and strategy.” “Therefore, we, meaning the Ministry (of Industry, Investment and Commerce), myself, the (Global Shipping and Logistics) Task Force, and the Cabinet, expect that whatever resources are needed, that Government has to facilitate, that those will be at hand, and that has been the experience, so far,” he indicated. “And let me say this, not one foreign investor has raised with me (concerns regarding) the IMF, not one; because they are not interested. They are looking at the global opportunity and they are responding to that. The IMF is not a constraint to foreign investment, given the scale and scope of this opportunity,” Mr. Hylton underscored. Development of the hub, which is estimated will cost between US$8 billion and US$10 billion, is being spearheaded by the Government in an effort to position Jamaica to take advantage of the anticipated increased maritime activities, expected to result from the expansion of the Panama Canal, by 2015. Central to the development are: dredging of the Kingston Harbour; expansion of the Port of Kingston; development of Caymanas Economic Zone, a transshipment commodity port, and Vernamfield in Clarendon as an air-cargo and passenger facility; and establishment a dry dock facility. The hub’s development would make it the fourth such facility globally, alongside those in Singapore; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and Rotterdam, Netherlands. Jamaica is deemed ideally positioned for the establishment of the hub, based on its location, midway between North and South America, and in relative proximity to the Panama Canal. Pointing out that the attendant activities in the project’s development “lend themselves to public-private partnerships”, Mr. Hylton assured that overseas stakeholders interested in investing “are here”. He is urging interested local stakeholders to indicate their intentions in good time.last_img read more


October 24, 2019 0

Prasad tells WhatsApp to ensure mechanism to trace rogue messages

first_imgNew Delhi: The government on Friday told WhatsApp to develop a mechanism to trace origin of messages when the app is found to be abused by terrorists and extremists, and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad asserted that the platform has assured prompt action in such cases.”On the issue of traceability, I have conveyed to them traceability shall be their job. But in the event WhatsApp platform is sought to be abused by rogue (elements), terrorists and extremist elements by repeating, recirculation of messages, then there must be a mechanism where those could be traced to enforce law and order, safety and security of the country,” Prasad said after meeting WhatsApp Global Head Will Cathcart. The meeting comes at a time when the messaging platform faces pressure from India to bring in traceability of fake message originators. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”This I have told them clearly, the mechanism shall be developed by them. And request for that will also come from appropriately high level so that there is no tinkering in between,” Prasad said. Prasad said the WhatsApp head has assured action in these matters. Post the meeting with the minister, Cathcart said WhatsApp has reiterated its support for encryption and how important it is for the product. The company is focussed on making changes to its product to deal with virality like forward limits that it had set on its messages, he added. “We talked about the work we are doing to cooperate with law enforcement, put in place training…,” he said.last_img read more


October 18, 2019 0

Two women investigated for antiIndigenous comments face mediation circle

first_imgOPASKWAYAK CREE NATION, Canada — Two Manitoba women arrested over online comments that threatened violence against Indigenous people were asked to read what was written out loud to elders this week as part of a process to resolve the case.The two are taking part in a mediation circle instead of the court system.  “There was a lot of ugly words and things said, but you could also hear in their voice the shame and the remorse that they had, because now they’re having to say it publicly rather than behind a computer screen,” said Christian Sinclair, chief of the the Opaskwayak Cree Nation, where the meeting was held.The two women, who have not been identified by police or Manitoba Justice, were arrested on suspicion of uttering threats and public incitement of hatred, but were never formally charged after the comments appeared on Facebook last summer.Last July, a Facebook account under the name Destine Spiller posted photos of a vandalized car in the northern town of Flin Flon and proposed a “shoot a Indian day” in retaliation.Another Facebook user applauded the idea and suggested a “24-hour purge.”“Let’s grab Budweiser and some shot guns,” read one reply.The comments were quickly condemned by many people. A hair salon in Flin Flon said one of the women who posted was no longer an employee. The area’s school division said another woman had long since departed as an employee and the comments do not reflect the division’s values.The provincial Justice Department said the circle was arranged in consultation with Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, which represents 26 northern Manitoba First Nations.  “Manitoba Prosecutions referred the investigation of a hate crime incident from last summer to the Restorative Justice Centre, which then organized the mediation circle,” the department said in a written release.Sinclair said some 20 elders, chiefs and other representatives shared their thoughts on how the online comments had affected them.The women seemed remorseful as they read the comments, Sinclair said.“It allows us … to hold those people accountable, and ask why they did it. And it makes them think of their actions, why they did it.”The mediation circle is part of an Indigenous justice approach that focuses more on healing than on punishment, Irene Young, the elder who led the circle, said.Everyone in the circle gets to ask questions, and the outcome could lead to the offenders making a public apology, restitution or other moves.The circle lasted throughout the day Wednesday and will reconvene for one day next month.Young said there was a range of views expressed on the first day, including concerns that the women were never charged by police.“Everybody expressed to say, hey, what if it was a First Nations (person) … they would be charged immediately,” she said.Sinclair said it’s important to address hateful comments because online words can lead to real physical harm.“When you see what’s happening with hate being promoted throughout the United States, it won’t take much to trigger somebody to go and react and do whatever these people were threatening to do or encouraging others to do,” he said.A third women who was arrested after the comments surfaced is not involved in the mediation circle because she lives in Saskatchewan and is being dealt with separately.— By Steve Lambert in Winnipeg.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


October 17, 2019 0

Survey Business economists see slowdown in growth this year

WASHINGTON — The nation’s business economists foresee a sharp slowdown in U.S. economic growth over the next two years, in sharp contrast to the Trump administration’s predictions that growth will accelerate this year and next.That finding comes from the latest survey by the National Association for Business Economics being released Monday. Its economists collectively project that growth, as measured by the gross domestic product, will reach a modest 2.4 this year and just 2 per cent in 2020. Among the key factors in their dimmer assessment are a global slowdown and the ongoing trade conflicts between the Trump administration and several major trading partners.Still, the NABE economists say they think a recession remains unlikely any time soon.For 2018, economic growth amounted to 2.9 per cent, the government has estimated. The economy benefited last year from tax cuts and increased government spending, the gains from which are now thought to be fading. It’s one reason why most economists foresee a more sluggish pace of growth.The new NABE projections, from a panel of 55 professional forecasters, represent a significant drop from their previous forecast in December of 2.7 per cent growth this year. And their estimate is much lower than the Trump’s administration’s new projection that GDP growth will remain above 3 per cent this year and over the next six years.But the administration is already projecting huge deficits above $1 trillion over the next four years. If growth falls short of its optimistic forecasts, those deficit figures could soar even higher and inhibit the economy’s ability to accelerate.The NABE forecast is in line with the updated outlook that the Federal Reserve released last week. The Fed projected that GDP growth would slow to 2.1 per cent this year and 1.9 per cent in 2020, having downgraded its previous estimates to take account of the global slump and other risks.The NABE economists attributed their weaker outlook in part to a growing economic drag from President Donald Trump’s trade policies. The import taxes that Trump has imposed on China and some other nations have prompted retaliatory tariffs on U.S. exports.“A majority of panelists sees external headwinds from trade policy and slower global growth as the primary downside risks to growth,” said Gregory Daco, chief U.S. economist for Oxford Economics and the chair of the NABE survey panel.The NABE said three-fourths of its forecasters had reduced their 2019 GDP growth estimates because of the likely consequences of the trade conflicts. Still, the NABE’s panel put the likelihood that a recession will begin by the end of this year at around 20 per cent and 35 per cent by the end of 2020.Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press read more


October 12, 2019 0

World community must help child soldiers fully reintegrate into society UN says

12 October 2010The top United Nations official fighting to eliminate the recruitment of child soldiers today appealed to governments to provide the necessary resources to ensure the reintegration of these youngsters into civil society once they have been freed. “If they’re not reintegrated, as you know, they can easily be re-recruited or become street gangs or street children, so it is really important for the future security of the country that these reintegration programmes are successful,” the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy, told reporters on the eve of presenting the latest report on the issue to the General Assembly.“The great challenge that affects us and which is relevant to the General Assembly is that we have released all these children, but the issue is that we really do not have the resources and the programmes for these children to launch their reintegration, and we really urge governments to come forward and give us the resources for this.”The report outlines some of the successes over the past year, including the release of 3,000 children from the Maoist cantonment in Nepal, an accord by the former rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) to release 900 children by November, and an access agreement with the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), one of the main rebel groups in Darfur. The FNL rebel group in Burundi has also released all children and these have been reintegrated.But a major challenge has been the issue of sexual violence and the need to end impunity and bring the guilty to justice. “For action to be sustainable there has to be national ownership and that’s why we strongly believe that we must work with the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo to support the strategy to prevent sexual violence, to hold the perpetrators responsible and to respond to the needs of the survivors,” Ms. Coomaraswamy said.There are persistent violators both in the recruitment of and sexual violence against children, she stressed.She also voiced great concern at increasing attacks worldwide on schools, teachers and girl students. “We want schools to be seen as zones of peace even in conflict areas by all parties to the conflict, and we feel that the attacks on girls are particularly disturbing, and I think it is important that we work with local communities so that they take action to defend their schools and keep their children safe,” she declared. “So this is a big priority for us.” To highlight the issue of children in conflict, the UN is later today screening ‘Children of War,’ an award-winning documentary film that tells the story of a group of former child soldiers in northern Uganda as they undergo a process of emotional and spiritual healing in a rehabilitation centre, using local culture and traditions.It depicts their struggle to confront and break through years of abuse, extremist religious ideology and the witnessing of war crimes after they were abducted and forced to become fighters by the brutal Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels.“Children of War reminds all of us of the necessity to build a moral consensus that no child should take part in hostilities and that former child soldiers must be assisted by their governments,” Ms. Coomaraswamy said.“It is therefore crucial that Member States that are not yet part of the Optional Protocol [to the Convention on the Rights of the Child] on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict ratify this treaty that foresees the protection of children during and after war,” she added, referring to ‘Zero under 18’ campaign aimed at universal ratification of the Protocol by 12 February 2012, the 10th anniversary of the entry into force of the treaty. read more


October 11, 2019 0

Rosy Senanayake to be nominated new Colombo Mayor

Former Parliamentarian Rosy Senanayake is to be nominated as the new Mayor of Colombo, well informed sources said.Senanayake, who is now attached to the Prime Minister’s office, will look to replace A. J. M. Muzammil. Muzammil is to be appointed as Sri Lanka’s new High Commissioner to Malaysia.When contacted, Muzammil said that the process to appoint him as a High Commissioner was underway but nothing had been finalized yet. (Colombo Gazette)


October 8, 2019 0

FEATURE From a first mission of 120 unarmed men – UN peacekeeping

Now, the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) has nearly 125,000 personnel, over 106,000 of them uniformed, from 122 countries, deployed in 16 current operations worldwide, including that very first pioneer set up on 29 May, 1948, and renewed every year since, a sad and ironic commentary on the difficulty of achieving lasting peace. The past 14 months have been “a pivotal time” for UN peacekeeping, in the words of Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous, citing a summit this past September that pledged 40,000 uniformed personnel, and a global chiefs of defence meeting in March that sought to improve operational efficiency. “We had a world-first this March this year by convening 110 chiefs of staff of armies from around the world,” he told the UN News Centre in an interview. “That had never happened before. Another first was the peacekeeping summit convened at UN Headquarters in September during the annual high-level segment of the General Assembly. “The peacekeeping summit gave an opportunity to 54 countries – mostly at heads of State or government level – to pledge a number of things that we badly need, more people to the tune of potentially 40,000 military, police and so on, but also a number of enabling units, equipment that we need, including helicopters, engineering capacities, airlift.” In the spring Mr. Ladsous created “a strategic force generation unit” to look ahead over the next three to five years at what requirements are going to be and how to adjust these with the offers. In a glass-enclosed case just outside Mr. Ladsous’s office on the 35th floor of the Secretariat building at UN Headquarters in New York resides the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to UN Peacekeeping Forces in 1988 for making important contributions towards the realization of one of the UN’s fundamental tenets. “Thus, the world Organization has come to play a more central part in world affairs and has been invested with increasing trust,” the citation said. It is doubtful that anyone at Lake Success, the UN’s temporary headquarters outside New York City on that distant spring day in 1948, could have foreseen what UNTSO would lead to, not even the then 11-member Security Council which had just set it up to assist a UN monitor in supervising a ceasefire between newly founded Israel and Arab forces in Palestine. Some 70 military observers, mainly from the United States and Belgium, accompanied by 50 equally unarmed UN guards from Lake Success, began arriving the following month, without the distinctive blue berets or helmets that now distinguish UN forces, giving them the ‘blue helmets’ moniker. Thus was born the UN role in peacekeeping on the ground, followed in 1949 by the creation of the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to supervise a ceasefire between those two foes. Mr. Ladsous also stresses the changing nature of conflicts where non-State actors are rising to the fore. “We’re not dealing with governments, but mostly with non-State actors including terrorist and jihadist groups and transnational criminals. So it requires a major change in the way we operate,” he said. He highlighted the need to invest in technology, intelligence and information gathering “because if you want to survive a terrorist environment like Mali you need that information. “We are not a tool against terrorists… but we are targets and we have to put a lot of effort in being able to face that. We are not an anti-terrorist tool; in the north of Mali that task has been entrusted by the Council to the French, but we have to be able to do the job in that ambience.” As for that very first operation set up 67 years ago, its functions have changed from time to time in light of changing circumstances, as after the 1956, 1967 and 1973 wars, with its observers acting as go-betweens for the hostile parties and as a means to contain isolated incidents from escalating into major conflicts. Today groups of UNTSO observers are attached to peacekeeping forces in the area: the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the Golan and the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), while a group of observers remain in Sinai to maintain a UN presence there. As of 30 June it had grown to 142 military observers, 89 international civilian personnel and 146 local civilian staff. Its death toll has grown over the years, too, to 50 – 18 troops, 18 military observers, eight international civilians and six local civilians. UNTSO observers are still patrolling some of those very same hills their predecessors did in 1948 along the lines between Israel and Lebanon – but this time with blue headgear. Major-General Arthur David Gawn of New Zealand, a veteran of UN operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Timor-Leste, now presides over the force at its headquarters in Jerusalem atop the Hill of Evil Counsel – thus named since Byzantine tradition identifies it as the place where High Priest Caiphas and his colleagues decided to arrest Jesus. As for heading the UN’s very first peacekeeping operation, he notes that his connections with the area go way back before 29 May, 1948. “Beer Sheba (Israel), the whole of the Palestine area, even Egypt, that’s where my grandfather fought, a long time ago, in the camel corps (in the First World War),” he told the UN News Centre.#PhotoHolder3 #PhotoCrop { border: none;}@media only screen and (min-width: 760px), screen9 {#PhotoHolder3 #PhotoCrop { max-height: 770px; /* sets max-height value for all standards-compliant browsers */ width: 134%; margin-left:-161px; margin-top: -275px;}#story-headline{ font-size: 3.6em; line-height: 1.2em; color:#fff; position: relative; top: 200px; xtext-align:center; text-shadow: 5px 3px 3px rgba(0,0,0,0.85); width:50%; xmargin-left:55%;}}#sidebar {display:none;} div#story-content .span8 {width:100% !important} #fullstory p { font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.6em;}strong { font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.7em; xfont-family:Georgia, “Times New Roman”, Times, serif;}blockquote { font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.5em; font-style:italic;}.videoWrapper { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; /* 16:9 */ padding-top: 25px; height: 0;}.videoWrapper iframe { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%;} Peacekeepers from the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) are pictured here, near Pakistan’s Bhimbar field station in October 2005, going over their plans for the day in observing the Line of Control that separates the two countries. UN Photo/Evan Schneider Just between 1989 and 1994, the Security Council authorized 20 new missions, raising the number of peacekeepers from 11,000 to 75,000, to enforce ceasefires that had already been agreed and lay the foundations for stability. By the mid-1990s the Security Council was increasingly mandating under-manned operations to crisis points where the guns were still spitting out death, and there was no peace in fact to keep. In Rwanda the few hundred troops of the UN Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR) were too few to prevent the genocide of up to 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus by Hutu extremists in 1994. In the former Yugoslavia the few hundred soldiers of the UN Protection Force (UNPROFOR) in Srebrenica were too few to prevent the massacre of up to 8,000 Muslim men and boys by Bosnian Serbs in 1995. As for Somalia, the country was so riven by warring factions that there was no way the UN Operation in Somalia II (UNOSOM II) in 1993 could fulfil its mandate “to take appropriate action, including enforcement measures, to establish throughout Somalia a secure environment for humanitarian assistance,” completing through disarmament and reconciliation the task begun by an earlier mission. It was withdrawn two years later. It was time for the Security Council and DPKO to learn from these lessons, with investigations held into all three, culminating in 2000 in the so-called Brahimi Report, named after veteran diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi, Chair of the Panel that produced it. It called for renewed political commitment on the part of Member States, significant institutional change and increased financial support to ensure that ‘blue helmets’ were never again put into such untenable situations. Since then UN peacekeeping missions have achieved some notable successes, sometimes alone, sometimes with Member States as partners, as they confront an increasingly varied number of calls for help, from Kosovo to South Sudan and from Haiti to Timor-Leste. They have brought relative stability to seemingly intractable issues, often with proactive mandates strengthened for a wider use of force if necessary, especially in the protection of civilians. In Liberia they pacified a seemingly interminable and brutal civil war, ensuring the demobilization and reintegration of former foes and presiding over a series of democratic elections. In Timor-Leste they shepherded a new nation to independence from Indonesia. In Côte d’Ivoire, together with French forces, they ended an increasingly bloody outbreak of violence when the incumbent president ignored his electoral loss. In the current conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR), they are increasingly performing police functions, with the power to arrest in Bangui, the capital, where order has broken down. Police officers at National Police Academy in Dili are trained by personnel from the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) in December 2007. UN Photo/Evan Schneider The official switch over from observing to peacekeeping did not occur until several years later, and the earliest armed peacekeeping operation, the First UN Emergency Force (UNEF I), was deployed in the Middle East in 1956 to tackle the Suez Crisis, by which time UN military fashion had introduced the blue headgear. But these earliest pioneers in UN peacekeeping in 1948 faced the same dangers that have seen more than 3,400 peacekeepers from some 120 countries give their lives while serving under the UN flag, either to hostile action, disease or accidents. Commandant René de Labarrière of France became the first UN peacekeeper to die in the line of duty when his jeep hit a mine on 6 July, 1948. Little over two months later, on 17 September, the mediator himself, Count Folke Bernadotte of Sweden, and an aide were assassinated by Israeli extremists. DPKO itself did not come into existence until 1992 when the number and complexity of peacekeeping missions required a fully dedicated administration. Before that, the missions were operated through the UN Office of Special Political Affairs. The UN Operation in the Congo (ONUC), launched in 1960, was the first large-scale ‘blue helmet’ mission, with nearly 20,000 military personnel seeking to hold back the tide of war when the vast country exploded into violence just after gaining independence. The mission highlighted the risks in trying to bring stability to war-torn regions – a death toll of 250 UN personnel, including then Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld, killed in an air crash. By now the UN had expanded its field operations from military personnel observing ceasefires to complex multidimensional enterprises designed to ensure implementation of comprehensive peace agreements and lay the foundations for sustainable peace, increasingly in cases of civil wars, by helping to build institutions, monitor human rights, reform the security sector, and disarm and reintegrate former combatants. Although the military remains the backbone of most missions, these enlarged peacekeeping functions also require administrators, economists, police officers, legal experts, de-miners, electoral observers, human rights monitors, civil affairs and governance specialists, humanitarian workers, and communications and public information experts. Under-Secretary-General Hervé Ladsous (second from right) is briefed on the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – used by the UN to enhance protection capabilities – before an official launch ceremony in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo, in December 2013. UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti A group of military observers with the UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) confer in the no-man’s land between Merdya (Arab lines) and Nabi Yusha (Israeli lines) in January 1948. UN Photo/LM Now, as the UN celebrates its 70th birthday, this brittle seed has grown into 71 well-armed forces over the intervening years, comprising hundreds of thousands of troops and police from scores of donating Member States, equipped with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for reconnaissance and muscular mandates to take the initiative in using force to protect civilians. Maintaining international peace and security is one of the three principal pillars of the UN edifice, together with promoting development and ensuring the observance of human rights, and the UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO), no geographical marker in its name, was the world body’s very first peacekeeping effort. Nor are they slouches in the technology field, increasingly using UAVs for surveillance, intelligence and the protection of civilians, though for November’s visit by Pope Francis to Bangui, where they ensured security, UN personnel resorted to less high-tech equipment, using tethered balloons with an array of cameras and sensors.“[This] enabled us to have a real-time view of the whole capital, see demonstrations as they are taking shape and therefore being able to act without delay,” said Mr. Ladsous, who stressed the changing aspects of the missions. “One of the greatest challenges has to do with the protection of civilians,” he stressed. “This is the heart of most of the missions of the last 10 or 12 years – a pro-active, dynamic, robust posture, particularly in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), to neutralize armed groups.” In the DRC, where the UN has been present under different names since the ONUC mission over 50 years ago, the current UN Organization Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO), with nearly 20,000 uniformed personnel, has a particularly proactive mandate. It is endowed with a specialized “intervention brigade” of three infantry battalions, one artillery and one special force and reconnaissance company mandated to neutralize armed groups to re-establish state authority and protect civilians in the apparently endless conflicts shaking the eastern part of the vast country. Though the UN has no army of its own, with both commanders and troops coming from contributing countries, it has to foot the bill, again by seeking Member State contributions, at no small cost: the budget for the year beginning 1 July, 2015 is $8.27 billion. DPKO Infographic read more


October 2, 2019 0

Nicolas Szerszen hitting his stride for Ohio State mens volleyball

OSU sophomore Nicolas Szerszen (9) prepares to spike the ball during a match against George Mason on Jan. 15. OSU won 3-0.Credit: Courtesy of OSUNicolas Szerszen, a sophomore on the Ohio State men’s volleyball team, was named offensive player of the week by the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association for the second straight week for the week of Jan. 18.The 6-foot-4 outside attacker has been dominating on the floor amid his team’s four-game win streak. In the Jan. 22 match against Coker, Szerszen finished with 21 attacks through in the match’s three sets with a hitting percentage of .333. He also scored 18 serving points, with a .944 serving percentage.  Szerszen said it “definitely feels good” to get personal titles, but he stressed that his main focus is on the team.“If I can get titles and help them win is even better,” he said.His success, according to OSU coach Pete Hanson, comes from his growth this year compared to his freshman season. Despite starting all 30 games last season, with a year under his belt, Szerszen is beginning to hit his stride as a collegiate athlete.“What is happening with Nicolas is he is maturing,” Hanson said. “He is understanding what college volleyball is all about. He’s kind of figured it out.”Szerszen first started playing volleyball with his family when he was only 6 years old and started competing on a team around the age of 12. He has been actively partaking in his family’s love for volleyball ever since. In addition to suiting up for the Scarlet and Gray, Szerszen, whose hometown is Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, France, is a member of his country’s national team pipeline. He had made his choice to cross the Atlantic and come to Columbus to play volleyball based on his sister. His sister suited up for the OSU women’s volleyball team when she was in college from 2006-2010. In addition to his successful year on the court, he was recently accepted to the mechanical engineering major at OSU.Szerszen said the university, from the sites he walks by on a daily basis to the place where he gives it his all for his volleyball team, already holds a special place in his heart.“I like St. John Arena because it’s the place I am when I’m doing what I like, but other than that I walk through The Oval almost every morning and I think it’s a unique place to this university,” Szerszen stated.The team’s next match is scheduled for Friday in Illinois against Quincy University. After that, the next home contest is slated for Thursday against Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. read more


September 28, 2019 0

Six stabbings in 90 minutes in London as 13 yearold left fighting

first_imgBloodied clothes on the ground near the scene in Grove Road, Mile EndCredit:John Stillwell/PA A flurry of attacks saw six more stabbings in London on Thursday, compounding a recent violent crime spike in the capital.In the latest spate of knife attacks, six youths were assaulted within a 90-minute period.A 13-year-old boy was seriously wounded after being stabbed in east London, with three youths arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent, Newham Police said.He was rushed to hospital at 6.57pm after being stabbed in broad daylight.Two 15-year-old boys were also in a serious condition in hospital following a stabbing in Mile End around an hour earlier. Mr Ogunsola’s murder followed that of 16-year-old Amaan Shakoor two days earlier on April 2, who was shot in Markhouse Road, Walthamstow, minutes after the shooting of 17-year-old Tanesha Melbourne in Tottenham the same evening. Earlier on Thursday, at around 5.30pm, a 15-year-old boy was found stabbed in East India Dock Road, Poplar, east London.Across the city, a youth in his late teens was stabbed in Ealing Broadway, west London, at around 7pm.The attacks on Thursday evening came after a man believed to be in his 20s was stabbed in Billet Road, Walthamstow, at around 12.50pm. Bloodied clothes on the ground near the scene in Grove Road, Mile End Three juvenile males arrested on suspicion of GBH with intent after 13-year-old boy stabbed in Gainsborough Avenue, E12 near Little Ilford Park. His condition is serious but stable. Police were called along with @LDN_Ambulance at 1857hrs— Newham MPS (@MPSNewham) April 5, 2018 A male was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and another youth, 16, who was treated for minor injuries, was arrested for conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm, Tower Hamlets police said.It comes as protesters and community leaders tonight gathered in east London to call for an end to a recent spate of gang violence in which several teenagers died. Bloodied clothes on the ground near the scene in Grove Road, Mile EndCredit:APcenter_img Protest organisers Guiding A New Generation – commonly known as G.A.N.G – asked Hackney residents to share their stories and plead for an end to the killings over a communal megaphone.Hackney Liberal Democrat mayoral candidate Pauline Pearce, 52, who was among the attendees, said the recent string of stabbings and shootings were partly a result of young people feeling “disenfranchised” by their environments.She said: “A lot of the children feel disenfranchised, they don’t feel they belong, they haven’t really got a meaning – they don’t feel that they have that connection to society, so a lot of things go wrong for them and sadly this is the sort of retaliation that comes.” Two boys, aged 15, taken to hospital following stabbing in Grove Road, E3 remain in hospital in a serious but stable condition. The 16-year-old treated for minor injuries has now been arrested for conspiracy to commit GBH. Another male also remains in custody for attempted murder— Tower Hamlets – Central East BCU (@MPSTowerHam) April 5, 2018 People gathered at Hackney Central station, close to where Israel Ogunsola, 18, was stabbed to death on Wednesday evening.Residents of all ages huddled round the station entrance before locking fists in a wide circle at a pedestrian shopping street nearby in solidarity for those killed. Bloodied clothes on the ground near the scene in Grove Road, Mile End Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said the rising number of murders on the capital’s streets was “heartbreaking” and criticised the government for cuts to the policing budget.He said: “Of course it concerns me, I think one murder is one too many.”Since 2014 we have seen an increase in violent crime in London and across the country.”Already in the last seven years we have lost £700 million from the policing budget. Over the next three years the Government plans to cut another £300 million. That’s a billion pounds worth of cuts.”So my message to the Government is please work with us to solve this national problem.” 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.last_img read more


September 25, 2019 0

Ousted head of Brideshead Revisited house still speaks to brother who evicted

Simon Howard with his wife RebeccaCredit: Ross Parry/RICHARD WALKER “He made me promise not to get involved, but I am so upset on his behalf and that of our children.“I’m not a Howard: my place is with my husband wherever that may be. But Simon Belongs at Castle Howard and it hurts me to see him so crushed.” Nicholas Howard standing with Victoria Barnsley at the private chapel in Castle Howard prior to the blessing of their marriageCredit: SWNS.com Simon Howard with his wife Rebecca Nicholas Howard standing with Victoria Barnsley at the private chapel in Castle Howard prior to the blessing of their marriage Nicholas Howard, who is married to former HarperCollins boss Victoria Barnsley, made his younger brother step down from his roles as chief executive and chairman of the company that runs Castle Howard.The full details of how and why the eviction was orchestrated have never been revealed.“Nick’s wife Vicky joined the board, and not long after Simon was simply told he would no longer be chairman and managing director: take from that what you will,” said Rebecca Howard. The building in North Yorkshire has been home to ten generations of the Howard family and attracts 250,000 visitors per year.Nicholas was initially offered the run of the estate by their father, Lord Howard of Henderskelfe, but turned it down in favour of pursuing his dream of becoming a rock star.While Nicholas set out to seek fame, Simon stepped in and saved the castle from being sold. But Nicholas’ music career never took off – instead he forged a career in photography, specialising in landscapes.Speaking about his relationship with Castle Howard since being evicted by his brother, Simon Howard said: “It’s still a wonderful building and there are still some good people there”.Simon Howard currently lives with his wife in Welham Hall, a manor house located ten miles from the Castle Howard estate. It was a rift that tore a family apart, but Simon Howard remains on speaking terms with his brother Nicholas, who orchestrated his eviction from Castle Howard, one of England’s greatest stately homes.Shortly before Christmas in 2014, Simon Howard, who had run the 10,000-acre estate for 30 years and was suffering from throat cancer, received an eviction order from the legal team acting for his older brother Nicholas.The eviction notice led to him moving out of the historic building with his wife and two daughters in June 2016.Simon Howard’s wife says despite being forced to move out of the iconic building, which was made famous by the TV adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s novel Brideshead Revisited, her husband still keeps in contact with Nicholas.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––“My husband has shown such grace and dignity – too much in my opinion – and still speaks to his brother,” Rebecca Howard told the Mail on Sunday’s You Magazine. 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. read more


September 25, 2019 0

Column Online mobs crazes and trolls welcome to the online disinhibition effect

first_imgFIDELMA HEALY EAMES recently spoke in the Seanad outlining her concerns on the impact of social media on young people’s behaviour.It’s nice to see that the issue is being tackled by those in the know. Personally, I doubt that a debate that condemns neknominations is something that we really need at present – considering the heartbreaking deaths of some participants and the media coverage surrounding the tragedies, I don’t think there are too many people who are going to argue ‘tis just a bit a’ craic. I doubt, however, that’ll stop politicians from talking about how social media is ruining the youth, turning them into sexters, cyberbullliers, frapers and neknominators.Maybe I’m wronging a noble intent to talk calmly and intelligently about this issue, but I find it hard to expect an measured perspective from someone who referred to fraping as “where you’re raped on Facebook”. More to the point, I simply don’t believe that this kind of meandering berating of social media has much effect. Least of all on young people who have grown up using social networks and who, prevailingly, want to do nothing more with the network than use it to talk to their friends. I understand that wringing our hands and asking each other ‘isn’t it aaaaawful?’ is, broadly speaking, part of our culture, but I doubt how effective it will be at improving the situation.An ever-expanding and changing landscapeI don’t hold much stock in the suggestions put forth by colleagues such as Sean Kelly either, who has said that this highlights “the need for European legislation to control and monitor websites like Facebook”. That might even sound feasible – but Facebook, like Friendster, like Bebo, like Myspace, like Twitter and so many other social networks before them, will sooner or later be replaced by a newer social network. Call me cynical, but if the government struggles with issues of online copyright and open source browsers, my expectation for them to police an ever-expanding and changing landscape like social media is low (plus, thinking about it keeps making me picture a kind of Irish digital Sabotage).Social networks are simply channels for communication – a street where people talk. If one street is shut off, it’s doubtless that people will find another one. There will always be a new Facebook or a new Twitter that people will use to propose stupid ideas to each other.The online disinhibition effectI say all this not because I’m worried about Mark Zuckerberg losing out on a few more billion, nor am I hugely worried that proposed measures like Sean Kelly’s could impact negatively on freedom of speech (though that is also an issue). I think the problem here is that misplacing the blame in this fashion enforces the myth that the cause of the problem is Facebook or Twitter, or whatever the social network is, and that if we can get Facebook to ban this latest noxious craze, it’ll stop all the nonsense (until of course the next neknomination comes along on whatever network is most popular at that time).I’d argue that the broader issue with a lot of stupid online behaviour (even leaving aside what is basically the root cause of neknominations – a binge drinking problem in Ireland that goes back decades) is that we are all susceptible to particular patterns of behaviour online and we’re frequently unaware of it – something known as the online disinhibition effect (essentially: you don’t know me, you can’t see me, it’s all just fun anyway). A good practical example of this is outlined here by comedian Louis CK (around 00:30), where he talks about how digital communication can remove empathy and distance us from seeing the effects of our actionsUploaded by CNNInternationalThe grimmer aspects of social mediaMany people – ordinary, decent ones at that – are ill-equipped to deal with elements that can accompany an online presence – things like anonymity, the effect of the online mob, an so on. Pointing the finger at the technology, which will never stop changing, might provide a semi-solid target for outrage, but it also detracts from better, more feasible solutions.Dealing with the grimmer aspects of social media – online bullying, trolling, etc – is an extremely nuanced and relatively unknown area that, I would argue, we’re all still in the process of working out. Where does free speech end and cyberbullying begin? Does calling someone a name one time over Twitter constitute online abuse? I’m not the least bit against the idea of legislation to deal with cyber-bullies, nor am I arguing for leniency for trolls and abusive online behaviour, but I do fear a rushed and ham-fisted approach that would seek to grossly simplify a complicated issue. Legislation in this area could be used as a mechanism to silence genuine and/or innocent opinion – and that’s an area that, even now, remains somewhat of a grey area.I would argue that a potentially better solution than shifting responsibility to social networking sites and making them the arbitrator of what what is morally acceptable for us all to post may be to look at how we can educate and inform young people. Not just victims on how to deal with online abuse, but potential perpetrators of online abuse – to let them know what punishments are now being enforced (and what for) and how their behaviour patterns can be affected simply by going online.As I said, maybe I’m wronging a noble intent and just being cynical. Maybe the governement is committed to robust solutions and will focus on how we can proactively engage with the root of the issue, instead of looking at how we can shift responsibility. If they aren’t, then probably the best we’re gonna get is more #carefulnow and #downwiththissortofthingDarragh Coakley is a media and e-learning researcher in the Cork Institute of Technology with no solid political affiliations.Column: Social media and the Streisand Effect – who dictates popular discourse today?Read: Judge admits taking part in neknomination was ‘foolish’Read: Here’s how your life would be different if Facebook didn’t existlast_img read more


September 22, 2019 0

New Mineral Discovery Confirms Water on the Moon

first_imgStay on target A new discovery reinforces the belief that water exists on the Moon.A team of Japanese scientists identified the mineral moganite within a lunar meteorite found in the desert of northwest Africa.Similar to quartz, moganite is a crystal of silicon dioxide that requires water to grow.“It forms on Earth as a precipitate when alkaline water including SiO2 [silicon dioxide] is evaporated under high-pressure conditions,” according to group leader Masahiro Kayama, a professor at Tohoku University.“The existence of moganite strongly implies that there is water activity on the Moon,” he said in a statement.Kayama & Co. analyzed the chemical compositions and structures of 13 lunar meteorites—only one of which contained moganite. Which confirms the scientists’ theory that it was not established in the African desert.“If terrestrial weathering had produced moganite in the lunar meteorite, there should be moganite present in all the samples that fell to Earth around the same time,” Kayama said. “But this was not the case.”These researchers struck gold when they stumbled upon moganite; this marks the first instance of the mineral in lunar rocks.As described in a Tohoku University press release, the oxide mineral was cultivated through the process of water evaporation in strong sunlight; the meteorites probably came from an area of the Moon called “Procellarum Terrane.”This lends to Kayama’s theory that, deeper under the lunar surface, protected from the sun, is a treasure trove of water ice.So what does this mean for the future of space travel and accommodation? If the team is correct, and there is an accumulation of H2O in the soil, lunar explorers would have easier access to the resource. Thus raising the chances the Moon will host human settlement and infrastructure within the next few decades.The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is reportedly planning two missions to hunt for and collect Moon water in 10 years.Meanwhile, Kayama and his lab are broadening their horizons to include solar wind and volcanic eruptions.“Solar wind-induced water can give us new insight into the history of sun activity, and volcanic water provides us with information of lunar evolution together with water,” Kayama said. “It’s all very exciting.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System last_img read more


September 20, 2019 0

Cellphone video shows taser takedown in Miami Beach

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Cellphone video captured a taser takedown during an arrest in Miami Beach.Miami Beach Police said they were forced to tase 30-year-old Amir Crumbley after became combative during an arrest near 17th Street and Collins Avenue, Friday.Miami Beach Fire Rescue crews treated Crumbley and transported him to Mount Sinai Hospital.Crumbley was charged with resisting arrest, battery, disorderly conduct and possession of marijuana.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more


September 15, 2019 0

Tyndall Receives 250 Million from Disaster Relief Package for Recovery Projects

first_img ADC AUTHOR Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., will receive $250 million of the disaster recovery funds provided in the recently passed disaster relief bill, Inside Defense reported.The bill, signed by President Donald Trump last week, allocated the Air Force $670 million for expenses. Tyndall is expected to begin making awards for its share of the funding to rebuild base infrastructure damaged in Hurricane Michael last October.Brig. Gen. Patrice Melancon, Tyndall’s Program Management Office executive director, said the installation will soon award contracts for smaller repair projects and to replace three key buildings: a fire station that was wiped out by the hurricane, a small arms training range and the air battle manager simulation building, according to Inside Defense.Tyndall will also continue with current recovery repair projects, perform debris cleanup and demolition, and begin to return to the installation’s long-term recovery plan.Col. Brian Laidlaw, commander of the 325th Fighter Wing, described the path forward for reducing operations costs at Tyndall.“We’re going to do the same amount of mission in the future, but our intent is to do it in a smaller number of facilities that are more efficient, that are more resilient, that cost less over time to maintain operations and maintenance bills,” he said.Air Force photo by Senior Airman Isaiah Solizlast_img read more


September 13, 2019 0

Eight killed 3 injured in tempotruck collision

first_imgAuraiya (UP): Eight people were killed and three others injured in a collision between a tempo and a truck early Saturday morning in this district of Uttar Pradesh, police said. “The accident took place at around 6.30 am on Dibiyapur-Bela road when the ill-fated tempo tried to overtake another tempo and collided with a truck coming from the opposite direction,” Superintendent of Police Suniti said. She said eight passengers of the tempo died on the spot while three others sustained serious injuries. Suniti said the that the identity of the deceased is yet to be ascertained. The injured are undergoing treatment a hospital, she said.last_img read more


September 6, 2019 0

MoviesAsbury Presents Southside with You

first_imgThe Asbury United Methodist Church, 926 11th Street, will host a film screening and discussion of the movie “Southside with You” on Feb. 19 at 1:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. There is also free parking.last_img


September 1, 2019 0