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In an issue related to misappropriation of allottees’ money by the promoter in connivance with his lender, the the Haryana Real Estate Regulatory Authority (HRERA) has directed the Gurugram Police to register a criminal case against lenders and initiate investigations against them.HRERA Gurugram Chairman K.K Khandelwal, in a press conference, said that directions had been issued to the Commissioner of Police, Gurugram to register criminal case against M/s Indiabulls Housing Finance Limited, M/s Industrial Finance Corporation of India Limited and M/s PNB Housing Finance Limited for misappropriation of crores of rupees deposited by the allottees for the completion of the projects namely Araville, Basera, Hues and Hill Town in Gurugram and violation of the statutory provisions of RERA, 2016.‘Fraudulent withdrawal’ He said that the Authority has taken a serious note of the fact that M/s India Bulls Housing Finance Limited, M/s Industrial Finance Corporation of India Limited and M/s PNB Housing Finance Limited had fraudulently and arbitrarily withdrawn entire amount of the receivable deposited in the ‘RERA Account’, which is a flagrant violation of section 4(2)(l)(D) of RERA, 2016.According to Dr. Khandelwal, this provision has been incorporated in law to address the mischief earlier being committed by unscrupulous builders to divert amount realised from the allottees to other projects or for different purposes other than the project for which amount has been deposited by the allottees. As on now, the law provides that 70% amount realised for the real estate project from the allottees has to be kept as a reserve and can only be utilised after the promoter has paid and incurred expenditure on cost of construction and land cost.
The economies of Germany and Greece may have little in common. But scientists in those two countries—and across Europe—believe that their national science systems are facing similar assaults from what they view as wrong-headed government policies.In an open letter published Wednesday, prominent science policy advocates from Spain, Italy, Greece, Portugal, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom deplore “the systematic destruction of national R&D infrastructures.” The nine authors highlight what they describe as “drastic” budget and hiring cuts at research institutions and universities in an increasing number of countries, a funding bias toward well-established groups, and an increasing emphasis on applied research.The situation is especially dire in the countries most shaken by the economic crisis, according to Amaya Moro-Martin, an astrophysicist at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, who summarized the letter in a Nature commentary. Since 2009, the “Spanish civil R&D budget has dropped by 40%, resulting in a reduction of 40% in grants and 30% in human resources programs,” she writes in an e-mail to ScienceInsider. During that same time frame, Italy has cut its higher education budget by 20%, and the number of permanent positions open to recruitment is down by 90%, says Francesco Sylos Labini, a physicist at the Enrico Fermi Center in Rome. Since last year, there has been virtually no money for basic research grants in Italy, he adds. 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Even in Germany, which has met the European target of spending 3% of its gross domestic product on research, the percentage of scientists working on fixed-term contracts rather than holding permanent positions has risen to as high as 80% at some institutions following the introduction of a new science employment act in 2007.In response to the letter, European science officials say that austerity within individual countries has been partially offset by spending increases at the E.U. level. “This substantially increased support to ambitious projects, whose content is decided exclusively by researchers, must be seen as part of the solution and not part of the problem,” writes the president of the European Research Council (ERC), Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, in an e-mail to ScienceInsider. Bourguignon cites the growth in the E.U. research budget from €55 billion for the 2007 to 2013 period to €80 billion for 2014 to 2020, with more than €13 billion going to ERC. At the same time, he acknowledges that “it is indeed true that some of the austerity measures taken in some countries have severely affected the research sector.”Nearly 5000 scientists have signed the letter, which also warns of a brain drain “from the South to the North and from Europe to beyond.” One positive step that national governments could take to stop that flow, Moro-Martin says, would be to eliminate a country’s investment in public R&D from a calculation of its national deficit. Another accounting change could allow a country that increases its national budget for R&D to proportionately decrease its contribution to European funding schemes. Structural funds could also be used to curb the brain drain, she adds. The open letter is part of a broader movement that includes a 3-week cycling tour around France and a series of meetings at major Italian universities. EuroScientist has launched a blog to promote pan-European discussions. The protest is expected to culminate next week with a march in Paris, a protest in Madrid, and a press conference in Rome.“We are now at the critical point,” Sylos Labini says. “If there will not be a real effort from … the government to change … direction, the [Italian public science] system … will not last for long,” he predicts.*Clarification, 10 October, 4:41 p.m.: This story has been changed to make clear that the European directive on reducing national deficits did not specifically address public employment.
Anti-Terrorist Front of India (ATFI) , which has been stridently opposing the Pakistan cricket team playing in India, on Wednesday threatened to dig up the pitch at Eden Gardens here that is hosting the high voltage India-Pakistan tie in the World Twenty20. (World T20: Mamata Banerjee happy to host Indo-Pak clash at Eden Gardens) The ATFI has been opposing hosting of the Pakistan team until the terror masterminds behind the Mumbai, Pathankot and the recent Pampore attacks are handed to India by Pakistan. (Sad for Dharamsala, Kolkata lucky to get India-Pakistan game, says Sourav Ganguly) “Hosting of Pakistan in India is a grave insult to all our brave soldiers who were martyred in these attacks. We will not allow the match at any cost, we will dig up the Eden pitch, there will be massive protests,” said ATFI national president Viresh Shandilya.”The ATFI now is holding a meet to decide our course of action. How can the Indian cricket board be insensitive to undermine the tears of widows of our martyrs? We will hold protests across Kolkata including the airport,” he added.The organisation had also threatened to dig up the pitch at the HPCA stadium in Dharamshala which was scheduled to host the March 19 India-Pakistan match.Citing security reasons, the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday relocated the India vs Pakistan group stage match to Kolkata.
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–Mapua’s Noah Lugo and Paolo Hernandez sat on the bench all game long as the Cardinals slipped past the Jose Rizal Heavy Bombers, 72-67, in the NCAA Season 95 men’s basketball tournament.With their reliable scorers nursing minor injuries, the Cardinals turned to Justin Serrano, Laurenz Victoria and JP Nieles while Christian Bunag also rose to the occasion for their fourth consecutive win in the second round.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201300:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics PH Blu Girls advance after close win over New Zealand in Olympic qualifying Ry Dela Rosa’s three and a three-point play by Agem Miranda brought the excitement back on the Heavy Bombers’ side that trimmed the deficit to six points, but the Cardinals stayed calm and notched a seventh win in 13 games.The Cardinals will certainly need the services of Lugo and Hernandez in their succeeding games as they tackle the Lyceum Pirates and the Lions next week. The Heavy Bombers dropped to 4-9.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40MAPUA 72 – Victoria 13, Serrano 12, Buñag 11, Nieles 11, Gonzales 10, Bonifacio 8, Aguirre 3, Nocum 2, Salenga 2, Gamboa 0, Garcia 0, Jabel 0.JRU 67 – Dionisio 15, Miranda 13, Amores 12, Aguilar 8, Dela Rosa 8, Delos Santos 5, Abaoag 2, Arenal 2, Jungco w, Macatangay 0, Vasquez 0.Quarters: 12-15, 30-31, 48-39, 72-67. MOST READ P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Becoming his own man Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This jewelry designer is also an architect Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments
Xiaomi Redmi 4 is launching today in India at an event to take place in New Delhi at around 11:30 am. Soon after the launch, this mid-ranged smartphone is expected to go on sale exclusively on Amazon.in. The online retail store has already started pre-booking the phone. Alongside the Xiaomi Redmi 4, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer is also expected to launch Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime. Although, we aren’t sure about the Redmi 4 Prime launch yet. The company sent out press invites for the event a few days ago, but didn’t quite reveal the name of the device that they are planning to unveil at the New Delhi event today.Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi 4 India launch set for May 16, price likely to be around Rs 8,000Xiaomi Redmi 4 launch event will be live streamed on their company website. You can watch the live stream here .To recall, both the Xiaomi Redmi 4 and Redmi 4 Prime was initially launched in China back in November 2016. Alongside these mid-ranged phones, Xiaomi also launched the Redmi 4A, which is already launched in India in March 2017. Redmi 4 was launched in China at a price tag of CNY 699, which roughly estimates around Rs. 6,900, while the Redmi 4 Prime was announced at CNY 899, roughly Rs. 8,900. As far as the rumours are concerned, both the devices will be fall below Rs 8,000 category phones.Both the Redmi 4 and Redmi 4 Prime comes with an identical metal unibody design, 2.5D curved glass display, the fingerprint sensor on the back and hybrid dual-SIM slot as well. Like there are similarities, both the phones differ in several aspects. Redmi 4 sports a 5-inch HD display with 720×1280 pixel resolution, while Redmi 4 Prime packs 5-inch full-HD display with 1080×1920 pixels.advertisementOn one hand, Redmi 4 is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, while Redmi 4 Prime is backed by a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC. Both the Xiaomi smartphones run MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and were launched in several colour variants — gold, grey, and silver back in China. Well, no confirmation on which colour variant might hit the Indian shores. Also Read: Xiaomi has sold over 40 lakh Redmi 3S phones in 9 months in India, it claimsOn the camera front, the Redmi 4 comes packed with a 13-megapixel camera on the rear camera with a f/2.2 aperture, 5-lens system, PDAF, and dual-LED flash. While on the front panel the smartphone fits a 5-megapixel camera with a f/2.2 aperture. It further comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage, while Redmi 4 Prime comes with 32GB internal storage. The memory of both the phones can be expandable up to 128GB via microSD card.These mid-ranged smartphones are set to launch today in India and will be made Amazon exclusive products.
PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth looked in fine touch as they eased into quarterfinal round at the Indonesia Masters with straight-game triumphs over their respective opponents in Jakarta on Thursday.Sindhu, seeded second, defeated local favourite Gregoria Mariska Tunjung 23-21, 21-7 in 37 minutes to make the last-eight stage of her season-opener, while eighth seed Srikanth recorded a clinical 21-14 21-9 win over Japan’s Asian Games bronze medallist Kenta Nishimoto.The 23-year-old from Hyderabad, who had won silver medals at the Commonwealth Games, World Championship and Asian Games before clinching the World Tour Final title last year, is expected to take on Spain’s Carolina Marin next.Srikanth, who had reached the quarterfinals at Malaysia Masters last week, will face either Indonesia’s Asian Games champion Jonatan Christie or China’s reigning All England champion Shi Yuqi.Sindhu, who had to pull out all stops against former Olympic champion Li Xuerui in the opening match, faced stiff competition in the extended opening game against Tunjung.However, she completely dominated the second game to wrap up the match in 37 minutes and extend her unbeaten record against Tunjung to 5-0.Srikanth, who had lost to the Japanese in their last meeting but held a 3-1 overall edge, quickly erased a 2-5 deficit early on and never looked back after grabbing a 11-8 lead at the break in the opening game.The Indian dominated the second game with an initial 6-0 lead which swelled to 18-8 after the break and he eventually wrap up lop-sided contest in half an hour.advertisement
Cristiano Ronaldo is an “idol” to millions, with Manchester United defender Diogo Dalot among those using the Juventus superstar as inspiration in his own career.A five-time Ballon d’Or winner burst onto the global scene while on the books at Old Trafford.His obvious potential had been noted at Sporting, but it was unlocked on the grandest of stages in England. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ronaldo has gone on to star for Real Madrid and Juve, winning titles at both, while collecting 156 caps and a European Championship crown with his country.He is a role model to many and Dalot, at just 20 years of age, is hoping to follow in some illustrious footsteps as he seeks to make his own mark with United and an international side.Quizzed by Soccer Bible on who he looks up to, the promising defender said: “My answer will be a little bit shocking for everyone!“Ronaldo, for me, was the main one. He was my idol from day one.“Not because he’s Portuguese, or his style of playing, but for his hard work. When you think of an athlete, a complete athlete, a complete footballer, you need to choose Cristiano.“For me, he was the main inspiration to start playing football. Not because I want to be like him, I want to take my own path, but to get to know him and see how he works is unbelievable.”Dalot has just completed a debut campaign with United, following a £19 million ($24m) move from Porto, and admits that he remains on a steep learning curve.He added, after making 23 appearances in 2018-19: “Of course it’s hard to get to a big team.“But then it’s harder to stay there because you are competing with a lot of footballers that are such hard workers.“When you get to the big clubs, to the big leagues, you know that every day you need to get better and better and better. For me, I think the hard work is the main thing. Work hard and stay humble.”Dalot is not getting too far ahead of himself in a bid to reach the very top of the game, with short-term goals being laid out for now.He said of his future ambition: “I don’t like to think too big for now.“I used to say ‘step by step’. Now I just try to focus on getting my opportunities and getting my minutes, and showing the manager what I’m capable of, that I can play here.“Of course, when you lay down on your bed and you dream of the future, you dream of being one of the best right-backs in the world, being a reference for everyone. But that’s when you are in bed.“When you wake up, you just need to put your feet on the ground and start working again, because every day is a fight for me. I think that’s the right way.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) seems to be acting in top gear while probing the Unnao rape victim’s critical injuries, sustained by a mysterious truck ramming into the victim’s car, killing two of her aunts. The victim and her lawyer are now battling for life. The court had also ruled that subject to the health conditions and concurrence of the family members of the 19-year-old rape victim and the lawyer, the critically injured could be airlifted for better treatment in AIIMS, New Delhi – which has now unfolded. The rape accused, MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, in the meantime, is under interrogation by CBI at the Sitapur jail. Two persons who visited Sengar in the jail preceding the deadly accident, are also under questioning. Also Read – A special kind of bondMeanwhile, the trial of this case, which commenced on August 5, is evincing keen interest amongst all. Judge Dharmesh Sharma has been designated to hear the case at Delhi’s Tees Hazari Court. The accused and his alleged accomplice are expected to be produced before the court on August 6. It may be recalled that the Supreme Court had taken a suo moto cognizance of the Unnao rape case victim’s accident and ordered the transfer of the case to a Delhi Court, which is under instructions to complete the probe within 45 days. In the same order, the SC has asked the CBI to wrap up the investigation and file a charge sheet by August 14 in the accident case. Also Read – Insider threat managementUnder express monitoring of the SC, a six-member team of professional experts with a proven record of forensics, belonging to CBI’s Central Forensic Laboratories, are also currently in UP, aiding the investigation. Professionally, it has been a wise decision that this significant probe drawing national attention has been handed over to CBI for a thorough investigation instead of entrusting it to the UP police. It is hoped that CBI’s ambit of the probe will also include the conspiracy, beginning from accusations of rape happening in 2017, the custodial beating of the victim’s father leading to his death, the nexus between the truck driver and properly identifying other accomplices in blackening the registration number of the truck to conceal identity. By such ugly acts, it is evident that there were several players involved in the rape, the custodial beating and brutal ramming of the victim’s car. They all need to be exposed through a dedicated delving without caving to political pressure, if any. The most unfortunate Nirbhaya case memory is revived fresh in public minds after the Unnao rape case. The retired CJI, late JS Verma, had suggested several measures but it would seem that all is lost and rapes continue to shock us. The judgments, howsoever harsh and deterrent, don’t seem to work. It’s a segment of society that’s sick and afflicted with a perverse mindset. More importantly, it would also appear that the unholy nexus between politicians and a section of the police has thrived over the years and has now reached a point of no return. This linkage needs to be severed perhaps with the help of civil societies and a thinking police leadership. On the part of politicians, it’s incumbent upon them to act responsibly and refrain from putting pressure on custodians of law to cave in to the whims and fancies of their unbridled ambitions. Also, the party leadership should also exercise discretion while inducting people to its party fold. In the instant case under reference, Sengar is suspended from the party only after the truck causing accident hit headlines. He merited expulsion way back in 2017 when he was accused of rape. He was obviously drafted in because of his winning track record in electoral politics. A thorough turncoat, Sengar was with the BSP and SP before joining the ruling BJP. He could win elections for the party but the huge taint too comes as a moral encumbrance to the party. The politicians possibly have become so thick-skinned that they care two hoots for being labelled as a corrupt or a rapist. They have nurtured a culture of insensitivity. We hear daily reprimands to the ruling party workers, with the Prime Minister himself issuing guidelines for better conduct in public life and good behaviour. A minister’s son in Madhya Pradesh used a cricket bat to hit a civic official. The errant was taken to task but the fact that he was audacious to perpetuate that bit of violence in full public view shows that they have scant respect for the law of the land. So far, all sermons have gone unheeded. Politicians should themselves introspect their conduct in public life to remain above accusations of rape and other serious offences. Unless they reform themselves, police and judiciary can do little. On part of the police, its leadership must tell the force not to be a party to politicians’ desires of implicating someone in a false case and subjecting them to torture and duress. Each stakeholder is expected by society to discharge responsibilities with abundant care and the utmost discretion. Uttar Pradesh (UP) being the most populous state, has its own problems making it difficult for the administration to deal with routine law and order, and crime-related challenges. And then come leaders like Mulayam Singh Yadav, who not very long ago, instead of condemning rapists dismissed the act by saying that boys will be boys – how irresponsible was the statement? Such remarks do embolden the potential rapists and shockingly from Mulayam’s party, no women member including any MP criticised the blatant comment. According to the statistics available from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), out of 38,947 cases of rape, UP stood second (4,816) showing that 14 per cent of the rape cases occurred in UP. Ironically, there is open support extended to Kuldeep Singh Sengar by some party colleagues. This is unfortunate. He should be a social pariah until the CBI/court clears him. Those exercising silence, particularly for women MPs of the party, by not condemning the gang-rape on the teenager that caused inexplicable trauma, they cannot escape their share of blame by being a party to the heinous crime. Unless there is social pressure, such heinous crimes will continue to recur and eventually, will evaporate in thin air like the Nirbhaya case only seven years ago. (The author is a retired IPS officer, a security analyst and the former National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of Mauritius. The views expressed are strictly personal)
University of Vermont’s (UVM) Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity and Alpha Chi Omega Sorority beat out the more than sixty student organizations on college campuses across the country in the fight to raise the most funds for the Alzheimer’s Association as part of Hilarity for Charity’s (HFC) nationwide collegiate program Hilarity for Charity U (HFC U).Lauren Miller Rogen and husband Seth Rogen share their Alzheimer’s story with mediaCredit/Copyright: Alison RedlichTo thank the HFC U winners, Seth Rogen, Lauren Miller Rogen and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, spent Saturday morning with UVM Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity (PIKE) and Alpha Chi Omega Sorority for a special screening of “Superbad.” Rogen, who wrote and appeared in “Superbad,” and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, who played the classic character of “McLovin,” provided live commentary during the screening to a packed auditorium of students.Seth Rogen and Chris Mintz-Plasse provide live commentary during a special screening of their movie Superbad with this year’s winners of Hilarity For CharityCredit/Copyright: Alison Redlich“We were pumped to celebrate the accomplishment of University of Vermont’s Pi Kappa Alpha and Alpha Chi Omega in helping us raise much needed funds to end Alzheimer’s,” said Rogen. “I hope other college students see this event as motivation to get involved in the Alzheimer’s cause because, hey, you could meet me.”HFC U is a nationwide program that encourages college groups to throw Hilarity for Charity events to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer’s disease. The University Of Vermont’s Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity and Alpha Chi Omega Sorority raised more than $30,000. The HFC U program raised more than $200,000 since its inception, benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association.“With the number of people with Alzheimer’s expected to grow dramatically, it is especially important to engage and educate a younger generation – and that is what we are trying to do through HFC U,” said Miller Rogen. “We are thrilled by what the UVM PIKEs and Alpha Chi Omegas accomplished this year and can’t wait to kick-off our next HFC U challenge in the fall.”More than five million Americans are living Alzheimer’s disease. Barring the development of medical breakthroughs to prevent, stop or slow Alzheimer’s disease, the number of people with the disease is expected to triple by 2050. Alzheimer’s disease is also the costliest disease to society and the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, and the only top 10 cause of death without a way to prevent, cure, or slow its progression.HFC is a unique movement that uses the power of laughter to bring attention to Alzheimer’s disease. It is led by the husband and wife team, Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen. Established in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, HFC is dedicated to raising both awareness and funds for the cause with a specific emphasis on engaging younger generations.To learn more about HFC U and how to get involved, please visit www.hilarityforcharity.org/hfcu.
Paris: A “computer glitch” may have been behind the fast-spreading fire that ravaged Notre Dame, the cathedral’s rector said Friday, as architects and construction workers tried to figure out how to stabilize the damaged structure and protect it from the elements. The fire burned through the lattice of enormous oak beams supporting the monument’s vaulted stone ceiling, dangerously weakening the building. The surrounding neighborhood has been blocked off, and stones have continued to tumble off the sides of the cathedral since Monday evening’s devastating blaze. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USSpeaking during a meeting of local business owners, rector Patrick Chauvet did not elaborate on the exact nature of the glitch, adding that “we may find out what happened in two or three months.” On Thursday, Paris police investigators said they think an electrical short-circuit most likely caused the fire. The Parisien newspaper has reported that investigators are considering whether the fire could be linked to a computer glitch or related to temporary elevators used in the renovation that was underway at the time the cathedral caught fire. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsChauvet said there were fire alarms throughout the building, which he described as “well protected.” Charlotte Hubert, president of a group of French architects who specialize in historic monuments, told BFM television that experts plan to spread a custom-made peaked tarpaulin across the cathedral’s roof, with enough space to also shield workers rebuilding the frame. French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to set out reconstruction ideas during meetings Friday with officials from the United Nations’ cultural agency, UNESCO. Macron is moving quickly on the fire-ravaged monument’s reconstruction, which is being viewed both as a push to make it part of his legacy and a way to move past the divisive yellow vest protests over economic issues in France. Notre Dame’s reconstruction is prompting widespread debate across France, with differing views emerging over whether it should involve new technologies and designs. Macron’s office has, for example, said the president wants a “contemporary architectural gesture to be considered” for the collapsed spire, which wasn’t part of the original cathedral. Macron hasn’t offered any specifics on his vision for the roof or whether the frame should be wood, metal or concrete, according to his cultural heritage envoy, Stephane Bern. He has named a general, Jean-Louis Georgelin, former chief of staff of the armed forces, to lead the reconstruction effort. Over USD 1 billion has already poured in from people from all walks of life around the world to restore Notre Dame. Judith Kagan, a conservation official at France’s Culture Ministry, said the artworks inside Notre Dame had suffered no major damage from the fire and the pieces were being removed from the building for their protection.
Rabat – Engineers at SmartiLab, a Moroccan research and development laboratory located in Istanbul, won four awards at the Istanbul International Inventions Fair (ISIF) on Saturday.The fair, held in Turkey’s capital from March 3 to March 6, is an annual show that features the commercialization of patents and inventions under the patronage of International Federation of Inventors’ Association (IFIA).The Moroccan team received a total of four medals one gold, two silver, and one bronze for research conducted by the laboratory, which serves as an extension of the Moroccan School of Engineering sciences. According to organizers, it is “unprecedented” for a single country “to win such a wide array of medals at one session of the annual competition,” Hespress reported.The gold medal was awarded for the invention of an indoor positioning system that utilizes nano-satellites to maximize accuracy. A silver medal and a bronze medal was awarded in the electrical engineering and electronics category.The team earned their final silver medal in the diagnostics and biotechnology category for the invention of a 3D electromagnetic scanner to assist in the electronic diagnosis of patients.According to the director of SmartiLab, Hafid Griguer, the government of Morocco has tasked the laboratory with the development and management of Morocco’s intellectual property portfolio. The lab’s goal is to improve Morocco’s ranking in the Global Innovation Index published every year by the World Intellectual Property Association.The index uses a number of criteria to gage the amount of scientific innovation occurring around the world. One of main criteria is the ratio of the number of patents filed by the country’s inventors to the size of the country’s population. The 2015 Global Innovation Index puts Morocco in the 45th percentile in terms of overall innovation in the social and scientific arenas.
31 October 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today lauded the “historic” progress made by the people of Nepal to restore peace and stability and reaffirmed the commitment of the United Nations to continue to support those efforts, as he began an official visit to Kathmandu. “I come to congratulate the people of Nepal for the remarkable historic progress they have made in establishing peace, and in particular, for the successful election of the Constituent Assembly in a largely peaceful process last April that has earned the admiration and respect of the entire international community,” Mr. Ban said in a statement issued after his arrival in the Nepalese capital.Nepal endured a decade-long civil war that claimed an estimated 13,000 lives until the Government and the Maoists signed a peace deal in 2006 and conducted Constituent Assembly elections earlier this year.In May, the South Asian nation abolished its 240-year-old monarchy and declared itself a republic. Ram Baran Yadav was subsequently elected as the country’s first President.The UN has been assisting Nepal in its peace process through a special political mission, known as UNMIN, set up in January 2007. As part of its mandate, UNMIN monitors the management of arms and armed personnel of both the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-M) and the Nepal Army, and assists in monitoring ceasefire arrangements. “I am proud that the UN has been a close partner in Nepal’s development effort, in its struggle to end the 10-year conflict, in the fight to promote and defend human rights, and in the implementation of the 2006 Comprehensive Peace Agreement,” Mr. Ban stated.“I look forward to having fruitful discussions with my hosts, including on how UNMIN and the rest of the UN family can contribute to the completion of the peace process and to long-term peace building and development,” he added.Tomorrow Mr. Ban will meet with President Yadav, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, other officials and members of the Constituent Assembly. He will also visit Lumbini, the Buddha’s birthplace.The Secretary-General arrived in Nepal from India, where he wrapped up his two-day visit today with meetings with President Pratibha Patil, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee, as well as with the UN Country Team.Speaking to reporters before his departure, he said it had pleased him to have arrived in India on the 63rd anniversary of the country’s admission to the UN. He added that it is truly impressive how much India has achieved since then, as a leading voice in the developing world, as a long-established democracy and as a growing economic power.Following his visit to Nepal, Mr. Ban will travel to Bangladesh, the final stop on a trip that also took him to the Philippines.
25 May 2009The hybrid African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has condemned heavy fighting in and around the town of Umm Baru which left over 50 people injured and forced hundreds to flee their homes. According to a news release issued by the Mission, Sudanese Government forces clashed with armed elements of the rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) for several hours yesterday in the town, which is located about 100 kilometres from the Chadian border in the far west of North Darfur state. Explosions were also reported in the area after Government planes flew overhead last night, the Mission added.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his concern at the recent fighting. “Noting that this clash was reportedly initiated by the JEM, the Secretary-General condemns such military action, which puts civilian lives directly at risk and which seriously undermines efforts to achieve a peaceful end to the conflict in Darfur,” his spokesperson said in a statement.Mr. Ban called on both the Government and JEM to suspend military action and work towards a negotiated solution to the conflict.UNAMID peacekeepers based at a camp near Umm Baru report that at least 53 people have been seriously injured and need evacuation for further medical treatment. The casualties include civilians, Government soldiers and JEM members.About 350 civilians – mainly women, children and the elderly – and 100 unarmed Sudanese soldiers and members of the Sudan Liberation Army/Minni Minnawi (SLA/MM), a pro-Government faction, are currently taking refuge near the UNAMID camp.The Mission stressed that urgent humanitarian aid, particularly food, water, medical supplies and tents, is needed to help civilians displaced by the fighting. UNAMID has treated some of the wounded, and is on standby to evacuate those needing further medical care.UNAMID chief Rodolphe Adada condemned yesterday’s fighting, and urged all parties to the Darfur conflict to seek a peaceful resolution to their differences. Yeday’s clashes follow an incident earlier this month in which JEM armed elements attacked Sudanese Government forces based near the town of Kornoi, located between Umm Baru and the Chadian border.An estimated 300,000 people have been killed and another 2.7 million forced from their homes in more than five years of fighting in Darfur, pitting rebels against Government forces and allied Janjaweed militiamen.
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President Maithripala Sirisena, who is on a visit to Singapore to attend the Asia Pacific Forum of Environment Ministers and Heads of Environment Authorities, held a meeting with the President of Singapore Madam Halimah Yacob today.The President of Singapore said in a statement that Singapore and Sri Lanka enjoy warm relations with cooperation dating back almost 50 years when both countries first established diplomatic ties. “We cooperate on a wide range of areas, from trade and investment to scientific research. Our people-to-people ties are strong and there are many Sri Lankans living and working in Singapore,” she said. Yacob said that she had an exchange of views with President Sirisena on Singapore and Sri Lanka’s healthcare and education systems and reaffirmed the friendship between the two countries. (Colombo Gazette)
The Ohio State men’s basketball team took a page out of the football team’s playbook and got off to what many would consider a slow start Monday, but it didn’t matter as the Buckeyes eventually cruised to a 85-50 victory at the Schottenstein Center. Coach Thad Matta wasn’t satisfied with the team’s original effort, but said he was pleased with the improvement as the game went on. “I’m not exactly sold we got off to the start we particularly wanted,” Matta said. “I had to get on some guys in a timeout in the first half and I thought we really responded from that.” OSU struggled to find their offensive rhythm early in the game. Defensively the Buckeyes were turning the Ospreys over at a high rate, but struggled shooting the ball, especially from 3-point range. With 10:36 in the first half, OSU had forced 7 turnovers, but was just 2-of-8 from the 3-point line and the Buckeyes had a 15-12 lead. “We didn’t come out with no juice,” sophomore forward Jared Sullinger said. “No energy. No intensity. We kind of came out there expecting to win. “Obviously it showed in the first half.” The Ospreys hung around for much of the half, but OSU started to abandon the outside shot and worked the ball inside to Sullinger and sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas. The strategy worked. OSU went on a quick 10-2 run to take a 34-21 lead and the outcome was never again in doubt. “Coach always say we get good shots when we get it inside,” Thomas said. “When we throw it to (Sullinger) and me our percentages are up. It was one of our goals.” The Buckeyes took a 45-26 lead into the half with Sullinger and Thomas leading the way with 16 and 13 points respectively. But Thomas and Sullinger took a back seat to sophomore guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. early in the second half. Smith, who already got the crowd going with a high-flying dunk in the first half, stole the ball, sprinted into the open court, and dumped the ball off to a trailing senior guard William Buford at the last second, who finished with a one-handed jam. The next possession, Smith caught the ball on the left wing, pump-faked his man, drove to the baseline and dunked right over a UNF player. Both plays came in transition, an area Smith feels he excels. “I think I’m a pretty fast guy,” Smith said. “Anytime I get a steal or if I get a rebound, I feel I can usually if not create for myself, create for my teammates.” Smith finished with seven points and five rebounds and five assists. Overall the Buckeyes had three players score in double figures. Sullinger was the high-point man with 27 points and 13 rebounds. He now has over 700 points in his career. Thomas finished with 16 points and six rebounds. Buford added 13 points, five rebounds and four assists. The win came despite OSU shooting just 24 percent from behind the arc and 47 percent from the field. The Buckeye defense seemed to make up for the below-average shooting. The team forced 23 turnovers as the Ospreys shot 39 percent from the field and 24 percent from the 3-point line. UNF coach Matthew Driscoll said it’s OSU’s defense that separates them from most teams in the nation. “(The Buckeyes) really, really have a chance to make that next step to get back to the Final Four because of their defense,” Driscoll said. “They’re a much better defensive team than you guys give them credit for.” OSU’s record improved to 4-0 on the year. The Buckeyes next play the Virginia Military Institute Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.
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RANCHITA (KUSI) — The remains of three unidentified victims was found at the site of a plane crash near Vulcan Mountain Sunday, according to Greg Rylaarsdam oft he San Diego Sheriff’s Department.Due to the hard-to-access terrain and high winds, the unidentified victims have not yet been able to be recovered from the site of the crash. Recovery efforts will take place today.It is not yet known whether or not the wreckage of this plane is the missing plane from Gillespie Field, Rylaarsdam said.The fire that was apparently sparked by the nighttime plane crash near Volcan Mountain in North County was 100 percent contained by a line of cleared vegetation Sunday, authorities said.The blaze, dubbed the Volcan Fire, held at 12 acres, according to Cal Fire San Diego. It was sparked by the plane crash, late Thursday.Firefighters were expected to be at the scene at least until midweek due to “heavy fuels and extensive mop up required,” the fire agency tweeted.Cal Fire San Diego spokesman Issac Sanchez said he’s not sure when Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board investigators will be able to inspect the wreckage of the plane that’s believed to have sparked the fire.“The fire threat has been mitigated,” he said. “But there’s still an accessibility issue.”The destroyed airplane remained unidentified today, though a twin-engine Beechcraft Duchess was reported overdue Thursday night when it failed to land at Ramona Airport as expected, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.The missing plane is registered to Scandinavian Aviation Academy, a flight school that operates out of Gillespie Field airport in El Cajon, according to FAA records.A resident of Julian reported seeing an aircraft apparently plunging to the ground northeast of town about 8:30 p.m. Thursday, sheriff’s officials said.Less than 30 minutes later, authorities got word of a small brush fire in the Ranchita area, Lt. Amber Baggs said.A sheriff’s helicopter crew was unable to find any plane wreckage in the darkness, and firefighters had to wait until morning to make their way to the remote canyon where the blaze was burning. By the time they reached the site shortly after sunrise Friday morning, the flames had spread over about 10 acres, according to Cal Fire.At about 9:30 a.m. Friday, firefighters found aircraft wreckage in the burn zone, Baggs said, but the fire prevented authorities from taking a closer look. KUSI Newsroom Posted: May 13, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Three bodies found at site of Volcan Mountain plane crash Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter May 13, 2018 Updated: 6:26 AM
WILMINGTON, MA — Town Manager Jeff Hull revealed Monday night he has budgeted for the addition of four police officers in Fiscal Year 2020.“The Police Department has experienced a growing demand for services while also being called upon to address an increasing number of mental health and social service related issues,” Hull noted in his annual budget message. “The last time positions were added to the Police Department was in Fiscal Year 2008, when two lieutenant positions were funded, bringing the total complement of officers to the current level of 48.”Hull pointed out that the Wilmington Police Department currently has eleven officers that are assigned specialized duties, including school resource officers, detectives, drug and narcotic officers, training instructors, community liaison officer, and traffic & safety officers. As a result of their specialized roles, these officers are not typically in the “pool” of officers available for sector patrols.“In light of the increased level of activity and, in many instances, the increased amount of time required for each call, the plan is to establish a new patrol sector increasing the number in Town to four sectors,” explained Hull. “During each of the three shifts that operated 24/7, one officer is assigned to patrol one specific area of Town unless called to respond to an incident outside of their sector. Establishment of an additional sector will require a total of eight additional officers.”Hull stressed that, due to the civil service process, it could take 18-24 months before the four officers are to be sworn in.The request for four additional officers (patrolmen) will cost approximately $280,100.The Town Manager and Police Chief will discuss the proposal with the Finance Committee on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 7pm at Wilmington Town Hall.Voters will ultimately have the final say over the Fiscal Year 2020 budget at the Annual Town Meeting on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 10:30am in the Wilmington High School Auditorium.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLt. Brian Pupa Named Wilmington Deputy Police ChiefIn “Police Log”SELECTMEN NEWS: Board Supports Fire & Police Substation In North Wilmington; Town To Vote On Project In April 2020?In “Government”5 QUICK QUESTIONS with Wilmington’s New Police Chief Joe Desmond (PART 2)In “5 Quick Questions”