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Tripura gets ₹358 crore from Centre for road projects

first_imgThe Centre has sanctioned an additional amount of ₹358 crore for construction of new roads in rural areas of Tripura, an official said on Friday. Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 15 and had demanded an additional fund of ₹358 crore for speedy completion of the works, a release issued by the Chief Minister’s Office on Thursday said.“This amount was demanded for completion of long-term projects which were left unfinished in the State. Even though the previous Left Front government did not have funds to spend, they started the projects. Later on, these projects were left hanging due to lack of funds,” the release said. The funds reached the State treasury on Tuesday, the release said, adding it would help the State government to complete the projects and infrastructure developmental works.last_img read more

Philippines stuns China to open 2017 Fiba Asia Cup bid

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES 60-40 sharing ‘fair’ as China will spend for WPS exploration—Esperon PLAY LIST 01:2760-40 sharing ‘fair’ as China will spend for WPS exploration—Esperon00:50Trending Articles00:54Palace: Up to MTRCB, DFA chief to pull out ‘Abominable’ from cinemas02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Philippines whips Hong Kong in AVC opener Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games In the rematch of the 2015 finalists, Gilas Pilipinas held the Chinese scoreless in the last four minutes of the game justly shortly after the defending champions took their first lead.Jayson Castro, regarded as the best point guard in Asia, gave the lead back to the Philippines before China scored four straight, 87-84.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsRomeo, who went 5-of-7 from 3, put Gilas Pilipinas ahead for good with six straight points including a huge three with 2:12 left for the 92-87 edge.The Filipinos started out strong, leading by as much as 17 points at the half, before the Chinese came out firing with a 31-point third quarter attack.center_img View comments NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters But armed with grit and composure amid China’s fierce comeback, Gilas Pilipinas never let its foe pull away and tried to douse every Chinese run early in the fourth.An 8-0 blast from China made it 83-82, but their Ailun Guo fouled out with 4:42 left, leaving the Chinese without their best option down the stretch. Guo wound up with 18 points.Christian Standhardinger added 15 points on an efficient 75% shooting clip while Jayson Castro and Matthew Wright added 13 and 12 points, respectively.Japeth Aguilar and Gabe Norwood also made good on defense with five and three blocks, respectively.The Philippines, who is playing undermanned sans injured June Mar Fajardo, continues its group stage conquest on Friday against Iraq.ADVERTISEMENT Photo from FibaAsia.comPhilippines pulled off a stunning upset over China, 96-87, to open its campaign in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup in Beirut, Lebanon.Terrence Romeo carried the Filipinos in a mesmerizing showing against their Asian rivals where he finished with 26 points, including eight of the Philippines last 12 points.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Udhampur attack: Cops claim to have killed the attack handler

first_imgThe special Operation Group of the Jammu and Kashmir Police and the Army claimed to have killed the handler of the attack on the Border Security Force convoy.The cops, in an encounter in Awantipora, eliminated another militant.Both the militants are said to be foreign nationals and belonged to Lashkar-e-Taiba. The encounter sparked protests in adjoining areas. Police used tear smoke shells to disperse the protesters.Police sources said around six to eight militants of Lashker-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen had convened a meeting in a field in Wandakhpora hamlet when the Army and the SOG started surrounding the area. While six militants, according to sources, succeeding in fleeing after a brief but heavy exchange of fire, two were killed in a nearby nursery of the agriculture department.Inspector General of Police SJM Gilani confirmed that two militants were killed in the encounter and described the operation as pro-active while denying that the militants were planning to attack Indian Air Force base, around 7 km from the site of encounter. The IGP identified one of the killed militant as Abu Ukasha from Pakistan and said he was the handler of the Udhampur attack on the Border Security Force on August 5, 2015.The attack had left two BSF men dead. In the encounter that followed, a Pakistani militant Naveed was captured alive. The case is presently being investigated by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). Baber Nadeem alias Hafiz alias Ukasha was group commander of LeT and was A+ militant with over Rs 10 lakh reward on his head.advertisementAfter the encounter, people from different hamlets of Pulwama district started protests shouting pro-freedom slogans. They also resorted to stone pelting on the police.Earlier in the day, the police recovered an AK-47 rifle after a brief gunfight with a militant in Ganderbal, around 30 km north east of Srinagar. The militant, however, managed to escape.Also read:2 militants killed in gunfight in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwamalast_img read more

Counterfiet currency racket busted, five arrested

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 29 (PTI) With the arrest of five persons, including a couple, police have claimed to have busted a racket of counterfeit currency notes in which the accused allegedly used to exchange fake notes for real ones by shopping at flea markets in the national capital.Police also seized fake notes of the face value Rs 2,07,500 in the denomination of Rs 1000 and 500, DCP (South) Ishwar Singh said today.The gang was operating in areas including Lajpat Nagar and Sarojini Nagar.The accused, Shamma was arrested on August 22 from Sarojini Nagar after she was found shopping in the market with fake currency notes, said the officer.A shopkeeper from Sarojini Nagar Market informed the police that a woman who had come to purchase a T-shirt for Rs 200 had given a fake currency note, he said.When Shammas bag was checked by the police, it was found to be containing counterfeit notes of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500, the officer said.Her call detail records were analysed. She disclosed that the notes had been given to her by her husband so that she could get them exchanged for real notes by shopping, the officer said.Her husband, Shakeel Alam, was arrested from his house in Nabi Karim, Paharganj, the officer added.After interrogation, their accomplices Rustam and Sarfe Alam were also arrested.Later, a joint team comprising staff of STF and police station Sarojini Nagar was sent to Motihari district in Bihar on August 26 and alleged the main supplier of counterfeit notes, Asgar Imam was arrested, said the officer. PTI SLB VIT AAR SC AARadvertisementlast_img read more

Jeep launches iconic Wrangler and mighty Grand Cherokee in India

first_imgThe name Jeep does bring back strong memories, but not as strong as the American muscle that runs under the hood of the Jeep brand. After numerous rumors of its launch in India, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will finally open its base for the Jeep brand in India with the launch of three iconic SUVs, the Jeep Wrangler, the mighty Jeep Grand Cherokee and the high performance Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT.While the Jeep Wrangler will come for a base price of Rs 71.59 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi), the Grand Cherokee Summit will come for a starting price of Rs 1.03 crore (ex showroom, New Delhi) and Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT for Rs 1.12 crore (ex showroom, New Delhi). The bookings for both the SUVs commence today itself, with Delhi and Ahmedabad as the only two dealerships in India at the moment.While the .@JeepIndia #GrandCherokee #Limited & #Summit will come for Rs 93.64 lakh & Rs 1.03 crore #JeepNowInIndia AUTO TODAY (@AUTOTODAYMAG) August 30, 2016Now, we are not oblivious to the Jeep brand and are well aware of what the Indian Jeep Wrangler, Grand Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee SRT have to offer. Since their showcase at the Auto Expo 2016, everyone were eagerly waiting for its arrival. Now, without wasting any more time, let us tell you about the two mega SUVs.  .@JeepIndia #Wrangler will come for a base price of Rs 71.59 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) AUTO TODAY (@AUTOTODAYMAG) August 30, 2016First off, Jeep Wrangler: The new Jeep Wrangler will sport a 2.8-litre diesel engine producing peak power of 197bhp and peak torque of 460Nm, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with a fuel efficiency of 12.1 kmpl. Four Wheel Drive is standard, with heavy duty solid axles, lockable centre console, and a 6.5 inch U-Connect infotainment system.advertisementJeep Grand CherokeeThe new Jeep Grand Cherokee will come in three trim levels, Limited, Summit and the high-powered SRT.The Grand Cherokee Limited and Summit variants come with 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine churning out 240hp of peak power, mated to a eight-speed automatic gearbox. They give a fuel efficiency of 12.8kpl.Jeep Grand CherokeeJeep Grand Cherokee SRTNow, the high performance Grand Cherokee SRT comes with a mind-boggling 6.4-litre Hemi V8 petrol mill, producing max power output of 475hp, mated to a eight-speed automatic gearbox.FutureAt the moment, both Grand Cherokee and Wrangler come with diesel mills, but the company has promised that the petrol engines will come to India most likely by November.The FCA India manufacturing plant in Ranjangoan will bring a locally assembled Jeep vehicle next year to the Indian market. Moreover, the Jeep Brand will open 10 distribution locations across India, starting with Ahmedabad, Gujarat.last_img read more

Sourav Ganguly refuses to comment on Ravi Shastri’s ‘best team’ remark, wishes him good luck

first_imgFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly has wished coach Ravi Shastri “all the best” for his coaching stint with Team India, which is in Sri Lanka for a full-fledged series.India crushed the hosts by 304 runs at Galle last week to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. And the world number one Test side are firm favourites to wrap up the series in a country where Test wins have been rare for touring teams.WATCH FULL VIDEOIt was, however, in Sri Lanka back in 2015 that India began their resurgence under the Virat Kohli-Shastri combine. MS Dhoni had retired from Test cricket a few months ago and Kohli stepped into his shoes perfectly, leading India to their first Test series win in Sri Lanka since 1993.The former captain looked back at the tour of 2015 and reminded everyone that some of the biggest names in Indian cricket had never won a series in Sri Lanka, something Kohli’s team has done. (Colombo Test: Lokesh Rahul to return as India eye eighth successive series win)”This team has been there with each other for two years and they are much more experienced now,” Shastri said.”They have already done things a lot of Indian teams and a lot of big names could not do in their careers. Like for example, win a series here (in Sri Lanka) for the first time in over 20 years. (Shikhar Dhawan or Abhinav Mukund will have to make way for KL Rahul: Virat Kohli)”There have been a lot of big names who have played for 20 years, they have come to Sri Lanka many times and never won a series. This team is used to doing things a lot of other teams have not done,” he said.advertisementHowever, former India captain Ganguly has refused to comment on Shastri’s remark but hopes the coach carries Indian cricket forward.”To be honest, I don’t have much to say on this. Wish him all the best. Given him a job to do till the World Cup in 2019 and hopefully he will get the Cup and does the job,” Ganguly told India Today.However, Ganguly reminded that under his captaincy India won series in Pakistan for the first time in 15 years.”You’re forgetting the win in Pakistan for the first time in Pakistan in 15 years. Also the win in England in 2007. Won’t go into comparisons. Wish him all the best. Want the team to do well and hopefully he will do well in the years to come,” he added.KOHLI EYES RECORDKohli’s team is on the verge of winning eighth successive Test series victory and they are firm favourites to do so when they take on Sri Lanka in the second Test at Colombo from Thursday.Ganguly admitted he admires Kohli’s batting and said the current skipper has improved as a captain.”Virat has improved immensely as a captain. He got the ingredients of a good captain. He’s hungry, he’s himself a remarkable player. I like to sit on the sofa and watch him on TV. He got the ability and there’s no doubt about it,” he said.”Not thinking too far ahead. Looking forward to watching the next Test match in Sri Lanka.”Ganguly also pointed out that Sri Lanka face a herculean task against the rampaging Indian team.”They (Sri Lanka) have to play well to compete against this team. They were down and out against Zimbabwe but somehow they managed to win. They got hammered in the first. It’s going to be an herculean task. Sri Lanka will have to do things out of the box and see if they can compete with India,” he said.PUJARA APPROACHES MILESTONEAfter Ravichandran Ashwin, India’s No.3 Cheteshwar Pujara is set to play his 50th Test. Pujara averages 52 and Ganguly is mighty impressed with the Saurashtra batsman.”Remarkable numbers. He’s half-way through now. You expect him to play 100 Tests. He doesn’t play ODI and T20 cricket. You bring him back in Tests and he hits the stride straight away. The good thing about him is that he went to county cricket and that has helped him. I said a year ago when he was dropped against the West Indies that they should play him at No. 3 and I was not wrong,” Ganguly said.Ganguly also said that he feels Abhinav Mukund will have to make way for Lokesh Rahul, who missed the first Test due to viral fever. Mukund though presented a case for himself with 81 in the second innings after Shikhar Dhawan smashed his career-best 190.advertisement”Mukund shouldn’t be disheartened. He has presented his case and he will get his time,” he said.last_img read more

Renesas: integrated cockpit and connected car devices with hypervisor for R-Car SoC

first_imgRenesas Electronics announced the “R-Car virtualization support package” that enables easier development of hypervisors for the R-Car automotive SoC. The R-Car virtualization support package includes, at no charge, both the R-Car hypervisor development guide document and sample software for use as reference in such development for software vendors who develop the embedded hypervisors that are required for integrated cockpits and connected car applications. A hypervisor is a virtualization operating system that allows multiple guest OSs, such as Linux, Android, and various real-time OSs, to run completely independently on a single chip. Renesas announced the R-Car hypervisor in April of 2017 and the new R-Car virtualization Support Package was developed to help software vendors accelerate their development of R-Car hypervisors.As more and more R-Car hypervisors become available from software vendors, OEM and Tier 1 companies will have a wider choice of hypervisor options and will be able to select an optimal hypervisor for the combination of the guest OS to be run, and for the system of meter cluster and cloud services used. This will increase the flexibility of integrated cockpit system and connected car development and make development faster.The third-generation R-Car SoCs were designed assuming that they would be used with a hypervisor. The Arm CPU cores, graphics cores, video/audio IP and other functions include virtualization functions and, originally, for software vendors to make use of these functions, they would have had to understand both the R-Car hardware manuals and the R-Car virtualization functions and start by looking into how to implement a hypervisor. Now, by following development guides in the R-Car virtualization support package, not only can software vendors easily take advantage of these functions, they will be able to take full advantage of the advanced features of R-Car. Also, by providing sample software that can be used as a reference, this package supports rapid development.By growing its ecosystem with partner companies, including hypervisor vendors, Renesas plans to further expand its lineup of the virtualization package, a combination of a hypervisor and guest OS, and aims to lead the deployment of virtualization into vehicles to contribute to the realization of a safe and secure automotive society.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Moxa develops Microsoft Azure IoT Edge-ready gateway devicesNext A peek inside Amazon FreeRTOS: Communication and memorylast_img read more

Lucas Torreira caps Arsenal’s comeback in 4-2 derby win over 10-man Spurs

first_img 5 Papastathopoulos 16 Holding 8 Winks Read more Facebook 14 Aubameyang Substitutes 16 Walker-Peters Share on Messenger Pinterest 24 Aurier There was controversy when Spurs went ahead. Son had sprinted through again and Rob Holding jumped into a risky tackle but, when Son checked back, there was no contact from the Arsenal defender on him. Mike Dean still awarded the penalty and, after further arguments between rival players, Kane converted for his eighth goal in eight games against Arsenal. He has equalled Emmanuel Adebayor’s scoring record in north London derbies.Mustafi hit the crossbar with a looping header in first-half stoppage time but Spurs were in the ascendancy and Emery made his double substitution at the interval. Arsenal were level soon enough. Bellerín curved a ball in behind Vertonghen and Ramsey twisted to hook it inside for Aubameyang. The striker bent a precision first-time finish inside the near post.Amid the bedlam it was easy to forget the sub-plot of Mesut Özil’s absence. Arsenal said that the playmaker had felt another of his back spasms but there was nevertheless plenty of eye-rolling when the teamsheets landed. It was easy to wonder whether Özil would have worked in Emery’s starting 3-4-2-1 formation. 1 Cech Spurs Spurs face FA inquiry after fan throws banana skin at Arsenal’s Aubameyang match reports Match stats 4 Alderweireld Fouls 34 Xhaka 16 Arsenal Off target 5 Spurs 5 Arsenal On target 5 Spurs Read more Share on Facebook 8 5 27 Lucas Moura 20 Alli The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. It felt as though Arsenal might struggle to maintain the intensity and Spurs roared back into the game, turning it on its head before half-time. Alli had started off the left but he regularly tucked in behind Harry Kane and Son Heung-min and the visitors gained a foothold. Son showed his pace and threat with a series of darts, two of which saw him test Bernd Leno from tight angles.The equaliser came from a Christian Eriksen free-kick, whipped in towards the near post, and it was a horror moment for Leno as he allowed Dier’s flick header to bounce, rear up above his hands and squirm inside the near post. 20 Mustafi Corners Lineups 19 Leno Share on LinkedIn Spurs flickered at the start of the second half, with Kane twice going close, but Arsenal – and Emery – turned the screw after the equaliser. Mustafi was denied by a goalline clearance by Alli and, after Son had tested Leno following a Bellerín error, Emery swapped Mustafi for Guendouzi and went to the midfield diamond.Ramsey initiated Arsenal’s third goal when he robbed the dawdling Foyth and found Lacazette. There was fortune because the striker was slipping as he shot – there was also the deflection off Dier – and the best day of Arsenal’s season was complete when Torreira rolled away from Dier on to Aubameyang’s pass and shot into the corner. Arsenal extended their remarkable unbeaten run in all competitions to 19 matches but now they have their statement victory. Unai Emery and his re-energerised team have built momentum and belief during the sequence, although they had not been able to beat a Big Six Premier League rival.That changed on a wild afternoon in north London when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continued his dead-eyed scoring exploits and Arsenal fought back from 2-1 down to register yet another come-from-behind win. 41 59 (s 46′) TOT41ARS59% Aubameyang got the equaliser for 2-2 – his second of the game – and he has now scored with his last 10 shots on target in the league. It was the substitute, Alexandre Lacazette, who put Arsenal in front with a shot that deflected off Eric Dier after a lapse from Juan Foyth and the outstanding Lucas Torreira added the gloss with his first goal in Arsenal colours.Tottenham’s frustration was complete when Jan Vertonghen jumped into a rash challenge on Lacazette to earn a second yellow card on 85 minutes. They will reflect on how they had stabilised after Aubameyang’s early penalty only to be overrun towards the end. Mauricio Pochettino mentioned fatigue as a factor, in the wake of his team’s Champions League exertions against Internazionale last Wednesday. After six straight wins in all competitions this was a jolt.Emery deserved credit for how he reacted at 2-1 down, making bold attacking changes, the first of which saw Aaron Ramsey and a second striker, Lacazette, come on for the second half. At 2-2 Emery moved to a 4-4-2 diamond midfield system and, on each occasion, the dividends were immediate.It was a rip-roaring derby, in which tempers were never far from boiling point and the atmosphere pulsed from the first whistle. Things spilled over after Dier had equalised for 1-1 when some of the Arsenal substitutes took exception to the Tottenham midfielder’s celebrations with his teammates. Stephan Lichtsteiner appeared to tap Dier and, as projectiles were thrown from the stand, players in red and white came together in a mass confrontation.Ramsey, who was then off the field, had to be pulled apart from Dele Alli while another Arsenal substitute, Mattéo Guendouzi, rowed with Jesús Pérez, the Spurs assistant manager. There was plenty of pushing and shoving. Pochettino had run up the touchline to act as a peacemaker.Arsenal started at breakneck pace and the touchpaper was lit when Aubameyang opened the scoring from the penalty spot and celebrated in front of the away supporters, who pelted him with missiles, including – most regrettably – a banana skin. The penalty was awarded when Vertonghen touched Granit Xhaka’s free-kick away from Shkodran Mustafi with his hand. Vertonghen was booked for the offence.Arsenal were irrepressible in the opening 20 minutes, with Sead Kolasinac, in particular, making inroads from left wing-back. He cut one cross back for Alex Iwobi, who forced Hugo Lloris into a smart save with his legs. Moments later the other wing-back, Héctor Bellerín, saw a volley at the far post blocked by Ben Davies. Tottenham Hotspur Possession 17 Iwobi 11 Torreira Share on Twitter 4 Elneny 23 Eriksen (s 71′) 1 Lloris (s 79′) 12 Lichtsteiner 13 16 8 Ramsey 21 Foyth 5 Vertonghen 3 Rose Goal attempts Premier League Arsenal (s 46′) 7 Son 22 Gazzaniga Substitutes Twitter 15 Maitland-Niles (s 82′) 33 Davies 31 Kolasinac Alexandre Lacazette fires home Arsenal’s third. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian 29 Guendouzi Arsenal’s Aubameyang seizes moment with all-action display against Spurs TOT ARS (s 79′) 2 Bellerin Share on Pinterest 15 Dier Share on WhatsApp 7 Mkhitaryan Topics 9 Lacazette Share via Email 10 Kane 17 Sissoko Arsenal 18 Llorente Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Security State Minister Pleased with Support for ZOSO Fair in Mount Salem

first_img State Minister in the Ministry of National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles, Jr, says he is pleased with the support given to the Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO) community services fair in Mount Salem, St. James, by residents, state agencies and corporate partners. Story Highlights “The support is a demonstration of ‘joined up government’ and is exactly what was promised to the community. You have JSIF, CDA, HEART, Members of Parliament from the parish and persons from the Opposition. This is what we want…for Jamaicans to feel they are all participants in developing this community. I am so encouraged by the response,” he said. State Minister in the Ministry of National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles, Jr, says he is pleased with the support given to the Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO) community services fair in Mount Salem, St. James, by residents, state agencies and corporate partners.In an interview with JIS News at the fair on September 9, the State Minister said the support reflects strong backing for the decision to declare Mount Salem the country’s first Zone of Special Operations, and also what can be done through cooperation at all levels.“The support is a demonstration of ‘joined up government’ and is exactly what was promised to the community. You have JSIF, CDA, HEART, Members of Parliament from the parish and persons from the Opposition. This is what we want…for Jamaicans to feel they are all participants in developing this community. I am so encouraged by the response,” he said.Senator Charles Jr. noted that in his interaction with citizens from the community, they have indicated an acceptance of, and support for ZOSO, and have committed to work with members of the security forces in transforming the area into a place of peace and happiness.“They have indicated that they are participants in the process and they are willing to work with members of the Jamaica Defence Force, the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the members of the administration to ensure the success of this operation,” he added.The State Minister pointed out that following a careful analysis of the activities over the two days of the fair, decisions will be taken as to the way forward in maintaining and even increasing the number of social programmes for the citizens of Mount Salem.It is important, Senator Charles Jr. said, for these programmes to continue, not only in Mount Salem, but right across the island where the need is evident.Meanwhile, Member of Parliament for Central St. James, Heroy Clarke, who also attended the fair told JIS News that social intervention programmes in Mount Salem and adjoining areas will play a major role in positively transforming the community.He said discussions have been on-going with the various state agencies, with a view to providing opportunities for the citizens and that efforts will be made to ramp up the pace at which the services are offered.Scores of residents from Mount Salem attended the fair. Agencies which provided services and information included: the Registrar General’s Department (RGD), HEART Trust/NTA, Ministry of National Security and its agencies, National Youth Service (NYS), Ministry of Labour and Social Security and the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF).The residents also got free medical and dental services, while the children were provided with recreational activities.Mount Salem was on September 1 declared the first Zone of Special Operations under the Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act, which seeks to contain crime while safeguarding the human rights of residents and promoting community development through social-intervention initiatives.The ZOSO will be in place for a period of 60 days. The State Minister pointed out that following a careful analysis of the activities over the two days of the fair, decisions will be taken as to the way forward in maintaining and even increasing the number of social programmes for the citizens of Mount Salem.last_img read more

Mise à jour sur la grippe porcine chez lêtre humain le 30

first_imgÀ compter d’aujourd’hui 30 avril, quatre nouveaux cas confirmés de grippe porcine chez l’être humain ont été signalés. Jusqu’à présent, un total de huit cas ont été confirmés à Windsor, dans le comté de Hants. Tous les cas sont reliés à l’éclosion qui a lieu à l’école King’s-Edgehill. « Nous nous attendions à de nouveaux cas et nous en prévoyons davantage au cours des prochains jours. Il s’agit d’une situation qui évolue constamment et l’important est que les gens soient au courant de la situation et prennent les précautions nécessaires, » a dit le Dr Robert Strang, médecin-hygiéniste en chef de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Les mesures de préventions constituent la meilleure façon pour les Néo-Écossais de demeurer en bonne santé. Il faut donc se laver les mains souvent, se couvrir la bouche avec la manche pour tousser ou éternuer et rester à l’écart des endroits publics en cas de maladie. L’utilisation de masques par la population en général n’est pas recommandée puisqu’il a été démontré que les masques ne sont pas efficaces pour réduire le risque d’infection. De plus, l’utilisation de médicaments antiviraux tels que Tamiflu n’est pas recommandée pour traiter les cas bénins ou pour la prévention. L’Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) a augmenté le niveau d’alerte à la pandémie à la phase cinq le mercredi 29 avril. Le gouvernement utilise des éléments de son plan de lutte contre la grippe pandémique depuis que les premiers cas ont été signalés au Mexique. « Le fait que l’OMS ait augmenté le niveau à la phase cinq ne change rien à nos mesures. Nous sommes en bonne position pour gérer toute question de santé publique, » a dit le Dr Ken Buccholz, médecin-conseil principal du ministère de la Santé et médecin en soins de santé primaires et en salle d’urgence. Les cas signalés en Nouvelle-Écosse ont été bénins jusqu’à présent, et aucun cas grave comme ceux qui sont présents au Mexique n’a été signalé. D’autres cas sont prévus. Comme dans le cas de la grippe régulière, lorsque le nombre de cas augmente, il est normal de voir des cas plus graves et même des décès. Il est important de ne pas oublier que les activités quotidiennes doivent se poursuivre. Il est sécuritaire de se rendre à l’école et au travail et de faire des sorties sociales, si vous ne présentez aucun symptôme. Il est important que les personnes qui présentent des symptômes de la grippe et qui ont récemment visité une région touchée par la grippe porcine chez l’être humain, par exemple le Mexique, ou qui ont été en contact avec une personne atteinte de la grippe porcine, évitent tout contact avec d’autres personnes pendant sept jours après l’apparition des symptômes. Il s’agit de la période pendant laquelle la maladie peut être transmise. Restez à la maison et évitez de vous rendre au travail, à l’école, dans les endroits publics et autres environnements sociaux. Minimisez le plus possible tout contact avec les membres de votre famille. Comme dans le cas de toute maladie, si vos symptômes s’aggravent, rendez-vous chez votre médecin ou à une clinique sans rendez-vous et assurez-vous de mentionner vos antécédents de voyage. Pour plus d’information consultez le .last_img read more

UP govt order on SC list not proper Thawar Chand Gehlot

first_imgNew Delhi: The Centre Tuesday said the BJP- led Uttar Pradesh government’s move to include 17 communities belonging to OBCs in the Scheduled Castes (SC) list was not in accordance with the Constitution as only Parliament has the right to do so. “This is not proper,” Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot said in the Rajya Sabha after the matter was raised by BSP member Satish Chandra Misra during the Zero Hour. The Uttar Pradesh government had on June 24 directed district magistrates and commissioners to issue caste certificates to 17 OBCs – Kashyap, Rajbhar, Dhivar, Bind, Kumhar, Kahar, Kewat, Nishad, Bhar, Mallah, Prajapati, Dhimar, Batham, Turha, Godia, Manjhi and Machua. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! Gehlot said if the UP government wants to go ahead with its proposal it should follow procedure and send a proposal to the Centre. “We would then consider it,” he said. Gehlot further said the order of the UP government was not in accordance with the Constitution. He asked the UP government not to issue certificates based on the order else the matter may go to court. The minister, who is also leader of the Rajya Sabha, said shifting of one category to another caste category is the right of Parliament. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed In the past also three-four similar proposals were sent to Parliament, but not agreed upon, he noted. Gehlot further said the state government should have followed proper procedure. Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu asked Gehlot to advise the state governmnet to follow due process. Raising the issue through a Zero Hour mention, Misra said under Article 341 sub clause (2) of the Constitution, the power to make changes in the SC list lies only with Parliament. “Even President (of India) does not have the power to tinker, alter or make changes (in the list),” he said, adding these 17 castes will neither get benefits meant for OBCs nor SCs since a state government has no power to make any alteration to the SC list. He said the BSP was in favour of including 17 castes in SC but only after following prescribed procedure and increasing SC quota proportionately. “The power of Parliament cannot be upsurged by a state,” he said. The BSP leader wanted the Centre to issue an advisory to the Uttar Pradesh government to withdraw the “unconstitutional order” as it is harming castes. The BJP government in UP is not the first to move on the 17 most backward castes in the OBC list. In 2005, the SP government of Mulayam Singh Yadav passed the first order to include 11 of these castes but the order was stayed and the proposal sent to the Centre. Subsequently, the BSP government of Mayawati quashed the notification. The BSP later said these castes could be included in the SC list provided the SC quota is increased. The SP government of Akhilesh Yadav cleared the inclusion proposal ahead of the 2017 assembly elections but it was challenged and is in court. Misra said Article 341 provides that the President specify castes, races or tribes or parts of or groups to be Scheduled Castes after Parliament may by law include or exclude from the list of Scheduled Castes. The move by the Adityanath government comes ahead of by- elections to 12 Assembly seats in the State.last_img read more

Angelina Jolie Writes In Support Of Malala Yousafzai

first_imgAngelina Jolie has written an article for The in support of Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year-old Pakistani girl shot and wounded by Taliban gunmen for speaking up for girls’ education.“The shots fired on Malala struck the heart of the nation, and as the Taliban refuse to back down, so too do the people of Pakistan,” wrote Jolie. “This violent and hateful act seems to have accomplished the opposite of its intent, as Pakistanis rally to embrace Malala’s principles and reject the tyranny of fear. A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban said “let this be a lesson.” Yes. Let this be a lesson—that an education is a basic human right, a right that Pakistan’s daughters will not be denied.“This terrible event marks the beginning of a necessary revolution in girls’ education.“Malala is proof that it only takes the voice of one brave person to inspire countless men, women, and children. In classrooms and at kitchen tables around the world, mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters are praying for Malala’s swift recovery and committing themselves to carry her torch.”To read the full article, click here.last_img read more

Bluegreen algae blooms popping up in Charlie Lake

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Residents in the North Peace are being advised about the presence of algae blooms that have appeared in Charlie Lake.Blooms of algae were photographed earlier this week by staff members at Poor Boy Trucking, who spotted a turquoise-coloured slime on the lake’s surface.A photo of a blue-green algae bloom taken by Tim Toews of Poor Boy Trucking. Submitted photo Blue-green algae – or cyanobacteria – is naturally occurring and can look like scum, grass clippings, fuzz or globs on the surface of the water.The blooms can be blue-green, greenish-brown, brown, or pinkish-red, and often smell musty or grassy.Bruce Kosugi, who is a director on the Board of the Charlie Lake Conservation Society, said that algal blooms are an annual occurrence on the surface of Charlie Lake since the lake’s hydrology is well-suited for the algae to thrive.“It’s nothing new. There’s evidence of it going back hundreds of years from the sediment studies that have been done. It’s a shallow lake and it’s nutrient-rich. The summer conditions lend to the formation of different algae, but at this time of year, the blue-green algae does start to bloom.”At the beginning of July, Northern Health issued a bulletin reminding residents of precautions they need to take if they encounter blue-green algae.Kosugi said that the main issue with the algae occurs when it begins to die off, during which some species of the algae releases toxins as the algae’s cells break down. People who come in contact with visible blue-green algae, or who ingest water containing blue-green algae, may experience skin irritation, a rash, a sore throat, sore red eyes, swollen lips, and potentially develop a fever, nausea and vomiting, or diarrhea. Symptoms usually appear within one to three hours and resolve in one to two days.“You can still boat in it, but you don’t want to swim where there are these obviously thick blooms of algae, and you want to keep your pets out of there,” added Kosugi.Residents living near the shores of lakes, as well as visitors and those making day-use of lakes, are advised to take the following precautions:Avoid all contact with blue-green algae blooms. If contact occurs, wash with tap water as soon as possible.Do not swim or wade (or allow your pets to swim or wade) in any areas where blue-green algae are visible.As a reminder, Northern Health recommends that visitors and residents do not drink or cook with untreated water directly from any lake at any time. Boiling lake water will not remove the toxins produced by blue-green algae.An alternate source of drinking water should also be provided for pets and livestock.  Pet owners should be wary of allowing pets to walk off-leash where they may be able to drink lake water – illnesses are a common outcome.Anyone who suspects a problem related to blue-green algae can connect with the Ministry of Environment at If you require further information on health concerns, please call Environmental Health at 250-565-2150. Additional information is also available at read more

Jadejas father sister join Cong

first_imgJamnagar (Gujarat): A month after Ravindra Jadeja’s wife joined the BJP, the cricketer’s father and sister joined the Congress in Gujarat on Sunday in the presence of party leader and Patidar quota spearhead Hardik Patel. Jadeja’s father, Anirudhsinh, and sister, Nainaba, joined the Congress at an election rally in Kalavad city of Jamnagar district. Jadeja hails from Jamnagar and the Congress candidate for Jamnagar Lok Sabha seat, Mulu Kandoriya, was also present. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Chennai Super Kings all-rounder’s wife, Rivaba, had joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on March 3 in Jamnagar in the presence sitting MP Poonamben Maadam, who was renominated by the saffron party. Hardik Patel was expected to be fielded by the Congress from Jamnagar, but the Patidar leader’s chances were scuttled after the Supreme Court had on April 2 rejected the plea to stay his conviction in a case in which he was sentenced to two years in jail. Polls to all the 26 Lok Sabha seats in the state will be held in the third phase of the general election on April 23.last_img read more

VAR Only Serves Big Teams Atlas Lion Belhanda

Rabat – The Moroccan player Younes Belhanda has strongly criticized the video assistant referee (VAR), claiming that it is only used for the big nations.“Everybody knows it, everybody saw it. When it was about making a decision for Portugal or Spain to reject a goal, we did go back to the video. While when we [Moroccan team] asked to watch the action, the referee told us that he was in communication. But actually, he wasn’t communicating with anyone. Nobody told him [the referee] to check,” stated Belhanda.Belhanda disapproved of using VAR at all: “I am against the video since the beginning. Because it takes out football charm. But when we try to foul you during the gatherings about the VAR… It only serves the big teams.” Belhanda also spoke about the Moroccan national team’s ambitions and plans. “We should prepare a team for the next World Cup. I think that this new generation has promising young talents who have participated in the current World Cup. In four years it will be them.”The Galatasaray midfielder finished his talk by showing hope for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in the short term and the 2022 World Cup in the long term. read more

Top UN rights official dismayed at restrictions over Chinese Nobel peace winner

“In recent weeks my office has received reports of at least 20 activists being arrested or detained and more than 120 other cases of house arrests, travel restrictions, forced relocations and other acts of intimidation,” said Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, at a news conference in Geneva.“These includes Liu Xiaobo’s wife, who remains under house arrest, house arrest which in my view is in contravention of Chinese national law,” she said. China opposed the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Mr. Liu.Speaking ahead of Human Rights Day, to be marked tomorrow, Ms. Pillay encouraged all States, including China, that have not ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to do so, and to release any person detained for peacefully exercising their right to the freedom of expression.Mr. Liu was in December last year convicted and sentenced to 11 years for “inciting subversion of state power” for his role in the drafting of the “Charter 08” petition, which called for political reforms in China.Ms. Pillay has described the sentence as “extremely harsh” and raised questions about the fairness of the charges against him. “It is my view that the case should be reviewed and Liu be released as soon as possible,” she stated. “I hope that the Chinese authorities will come to recognize the positive contribution that peaceful advocates like Liu Xiaobo can make to China’s development.” 9 December 2010The United Nations human rights chief today expressed dismay over restrictions by China on the wife and associates of jailed activist Liu Xiaobo, who was awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, and reiterated her call for his release. read more

London Fashion Week Disco at Sibling 60s at Wickstead

Models display creations from Julien Macdonald’s Autumn/Winter 2016 collection, during London Fashion Week, in London, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. (Yui Mok/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE London Fashion Week: Disco at Sibling, ’60s at Wickstead by Sylvia Hui, The Associated Press Posted Feb 20, 2016 10:28 am MDT Last Updated Feb 20, 2016 at 5:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON – London Fashion Week swung into its second day Saturday, with models showcasing an array of new season styles from designers including Sibling, Simone Rocha, Emilia Wickstead, Jasper Conran and Julien Macdonald.Some of the highlights from Day 2:___DISCO FEVER AT SIBLINGSheer skintight body-stockings, punchy lilac and lemon yellow clashing with black, huge tinsel-like collars: Sibling’s latest offerings are sexy, sporty and not for the faint-hearted.The brand, known for its young, urban styles, showcased plenty of revealing disco wear with a whiff of the ’80s — think a clingy, neon blue bodysuit that leaves little to the imagination, worn with matching headphones or a giant sparkly collar, or micro shorts paired with an open cardigan and sequined stars covering bare breasts.Not everything was so outrageous. More wearable outfits included loose mannish jackets over print dresses, fluid rolled-up trousers and a wrap coat with a bold, flattering brushstroke print.___EMILIA WICKSTEAD DOES MAD MEN — HER WAYEmilia Wickstead says her new collection is inspired by the “impeccably dressed ad age of the 1960s” — but it’s not quite Mad Men costumes she had in mind.The designer opened her show with a series of sculptural high waist gowns in a dense, colorful horizontal stripe. Those colours — earthy, rusty tones like mustard, teal, brown and moss green — recurred throughout the display, as did retro prints reminiscent of ’60s couches or curtains. Mini shift dresses, dark denim, turtlenecks and cozy cable knits complete the showcase.Still, Wickstead didn’t stray too far from the elegant, feminine style so beloved by her customers — including fashion show regulars Olivia Palermo and Alexa Chung, both in the front row. There were plenty of romantic full skirts emphasizing a tiny waist, and pretty dusty pink ensembles such as a body-hugging knit paired with flared trousers.___SIMONE ROCHA SHOWS ROMANTIC DRESSES IN FANTASY MODESimone Rocha has become one of the most prominent young designers on the London Fashion Week scene by pursuing her distinctive vision, shaped perhaps by the years she spent helping her father, designer John Rocha, and learning how to knit and crochet at his studio in Dublin. But she’s carving her own way, winning plaudits for fanciful, romantic designs that are easy to like but difficult to categorize.Her knitting and crocheting skills serve her well, and there is a drama to her full-length dresses, including many with off-the-shoulder designs or the sheer, gauzy fabrics currently in vogue. Her colour palette is simple and straightforward — mostly beige and blacks — with two sheer red dresses making a strong impression.Others had an element of Goth, an element of whimsy, and a certain Midsummer Night’s Dream ethos. Rocha is a designer who likes to surprise, mixing, for example, a semi-sheer long skirt decorated with black floral appliques with a short, faux-fur jacket and setting off some of her outfits with golden shoes.She described her work this way: “Tailored tulle, tinsel tweed, female form, adorn, adorned.” Her tweed outfits were indeed unusual — this most traditional (and British) of fabrics in a nicely tailored pants suit, but covered with a white lace gown.___SINISTER POWER DRESSING AT GARETH PUGHLeather power suits, vampy lipstick, dark glasses and sinister Hannibal Lecter-like face masks: The models at Gareth Pugh’s show look like they’re dressed to kill.Pugh chose the imposing Freemasons’ Hall in London as his catwalk venue, and set the stage with mysterious music and dark lighting. It was a long wait before the clothes were revealed — the show was delayed by an hour, possibly to wait for the arrival of television star Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.When the models finally showed, they didn’t disappoint: All sharp shoulders, bustier dresses, severely tailored dress and trouser suits with matching coats and dramatically draped scarves. Chilly expressions, coiffed up-dos and killer heels complete the femme fatale look.The ultra-feminine silhouette, elegant palette of black, camel and blue and the luxury fabrics — think buttery camel leather ensembles — evoke bygone, more glamorous times, though Pugh put his own stamp on things with a star print. read more

Former Ohio State hockey player Tanner Fritz continues to pursue NHL dreams

Former OSU forward Tanner Fritz (16) chases the puck during a game against Minnesota at the Schottenstein Center on March 6, 2015. Credit: Lantern File PhotoTanner Fritz first made his move from Canada to Columbus as a 19-year-old freshman starting out his college hockey career with a dream of one day playing in the NHL. Five years later, he is as close as a player can get, holding down a roster spot in the American Hockey League.Just months after completing his undergraduate career at Ohio State, Fritz was signed to the Missouri Mavericks, an East Coast Hockey League team affiliated with the New York Islanders. That move gave him his start playing at the professional level.Then, in February, Fritz received the call from the American Hockey League to play for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the Islander’s farm team, putting him just one league below his ultimate dream.“I was playing good at the right time, and my coach in Missouri helped me a lot,” Fritz said.Although professional hockey is his life now, there was a time when Fritz could not imagine playing at the level he is now.“It was just something to do for fun,” he said, thinking of his childhood hockey outlook.But after leaving Alberta, Canada, to play for the Buckeyes, his prospects of playing professionally became more and more realistic.“I kind of realized that maybe this is something I could do for a living, and I’m kind of just living that dream right now and keeping at that,” Fritz said. “So hopefully all the hard work eventually pays off.” Growing up the son of a Canadian oil-field worker in Grande Prairie, Alberta, and being the first to graduate from college in his family, Fritz knows about hard work and plans to spend time improving himself in order to reach the NHL level.“Skating is definitely huge, the speed of the game obviously increases, so if I can be one of those quicker, stronger guys in there, it’s definitely going to benefit me,” Fritz said.Although he is just one step below the world’s top hockey league, Fritz said he understands that not everyone can make it to that level of play and has set realistic goals for himself.“I want to stay in North America for at least a couple years, to try, you know, my best to make the NHL, but if it doesn’t happen in like two or three years, I’d probably try go over to Europe,” Fritz said.A self-proclaimed “family guy,” Fritz said he has also thought of starting his own hockey school back home in Grande Prairie if he is unable to make it in the NHL.Described by a former OSU teammate as someone who places his team first, he still makes an effort to look out for his friends, even though he is no longer their captain.“He’s watched the Buckeyes a couple times, and every time we play, whether it’s on Big Ten Network or something like that, he’s trying to always give me input or saying, ‘Hey man, I watched,’” said OSU senior defenseman Craig Dalrymple, who played alongside Fritz as a Buckeye for three years.Even in his collegiate career, his teammates saw his talent as a leader, especially when he served as captain of the Buckeyes his senior year.“You need guys like him on your team,” said another former teammate, senior forward Anthony Greco. “Obviously he was a good leader for us his senior year … He was never about himself; he was always about everybody else in the locker room.”Fritz, who graduated with a degree in sports management, also said he would consider coming back to set up permanent residence in the city he made his home for four years. “If I could ever get back to Ohio State in some kind of coaching role or any kind of role like that, it would be awesome,” Fritz said. “I loved my time there.” read more

Youth suspected to be bandit beaten by Parika residents

The man who residents suspected to be a thief was beaten by residentsOne of four men, who were allegedly attempting to rob a boat on Friday evening around 20:00h, was caught and beaten by residents in the area of Roden Rust, Parika, East Bank Essequibo.Commander of ‘D’ Division (West Demerara/East Bank Essequibo), Edmond Cooper confirmed the incident and said the young man who was caught is still in Police custody.Meanwhile, a concerned resident told this publication on Saturday that the young man was in a burgundy motorcar, with three others, parked in front of a villager’s house for quite some time which raised suspicions.Residents said that the car was known to them, in fact it was said to be used in a previous robbery a few weeks ago.Alerted citizens confronted the vehicle and the startled men ran for cover and jumped into the a nearby river. While three of the men managed to escape one of the alleged robbers was caught.The resident reported that she was told to lock up her doors and windows by her neighbours, as bandits were in the area. A few minutes after, the young woman said she heard loud noises outside her house.It was when she ventured out of her home that she realized that the bandit was caught and beaten by residents.According to her, the Police were promptly contacted and arrived at the scene to investigate and made the necessary arrests and searches.This publication understands that the men were allegedly planning to rob the boat of fuel and other valuables, as one of the men who managed to escape reportedly works on the vessel and knew how to access the items.The young man who was tied up by residents, was questioned as to where the others were and about their intentions but did not respond. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCops nab 3 suspected bandits in Ruby BackdamJune 24, 2019In “Crime”US-based Guyanese to face Court for firing shots with illegal gunJune 25, 2019In “latest news”Suspected bandits caught, beaten by residents following robberyNovember 6, 2015In “Crime” read more

He called it obsolete but Trump says he will reaffirm US commitment

first_img By AFP Image: Andrew Harnik AP/Press Association Images Wednesday 22 Mar 2017, 7:23 AM Mar 22nd 2017, 7:23 AM Image: Andrew Harnik AP/Press Association Images Tillerson skipping NATO meeting ′a mistake′ that should be reversed — my take— Ivo Daalder (@IvoHDaalder) March 21, 2017 Source: Ivo Daalder/Twitter He called it ‘obsolete’, but Trump says he will reaffirm US commitment to Nato The White House confirmed Trump will attend a Nato meeting in May. center_img Stoltenberg – who was attending meetings at the Pentagon this week ahead of a conference of the coalition fighting the Islamic State group – refused to respond to questions on Tillerson’s decision, while Nato officials said it was up to allies to determine their level of representation.In Brussels, the United States will be represented by Tom Shannon, the highest ranking career diplomat in the State Department and Tillerson’s acting deputy – since almost two months in the job, Tillerson has yet to appoint a deputy or any assistant secretaries.Acting State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the decision for Tillerson to skip the Brussels meeting was not unprecedented, and that secretaries of state had missed the April foreign ministers meeting in 2003 and 1999.Officials insisted Tillerson will in any case meet most of the foreign ministers from the 28-nation military alliance at today’s anti-IS coalition talks at the State Department.Bloody uprisingUnder Obama, the US worked with Nato to shore up support for the pro-western government in Kiev after Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its support for a bloody uprising in eastern Ukraine.Combined with economic sanctions, the deployment of more Nato troops from Western members to frontline Eastern allies in the Baltics and Poland was intended to send a signal to Moscow that further intervention would not be tolerated.But during his successful 2016 presidential campaign, Trump struck a more emollient tone with Moscow, even expressing admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin, while dismissing Nato as “obsolete.”© – AFP, 2017Read: Ivanka Trump has an office in the White HouseRead: Enda Kenny has support for inviting Trump and leading Brexit negotiations 8,611 Views Share51 Tweet Email THE WHITE HOUSE confirmed that President Donald Trump will join fellow Nato leaders for a key May summit in Brussels, as the US administration seeks to quash questions about Trump’s support for the alliance.The Trump administration has been scrambling to reaffirm its commitment to Washington’s military alliances – including Nato – after the Republican billionaire called into question their usefulness during the presidential race.News that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would skip a Nato meeting in April – but travel to Russia the same month – did little to allay concerns.By confirming Trump’s participation in the 25 May summit, the US administration – the leading partner in the North Atlantic alliance – moved to reset the narrative.“The president looks forward to meeting with his Nato counterparts to reaffirm our strong commitment to Nato, and to discuss issues critical to the alliance, especially allied responsibility-sharing and Nato’s role in the fight against terrorism,” said a White House statement.Likewise, Nato officials struck a forward-looking note, playing down the apparent snub by Tillerson and instead confirming the summit date and announcing that its Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg – who was in Washington this week – would return to the US capital for talks with the president ahead of the leaders’ summit.The White House said the 12 April meeting would be a chance for Trump and Stoltenberg to “talk about how to strengthen the alliance to cope with challenges to national and international security.”The summit itself, Nato said, would focus on “the alliance’s role in the fight against terrorism, and the importance of increased defense spending and fairer burden-sharing” – language that appeared to acknowledge Trump’s repeated complaint that US allies are not paying their way.Just last week, after meeting Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House, Trump took to Twitter to claim that Germany owes “vast sums of money to Nato and the United States.”Exposed flankTrump’s Defense Secretary James Mattis, a former Marine general, has declared that the United States fully supports Nato. Tillerson traveled last week to Asia to reaffirm ties with allies Japan and South Korea.But regardless of Trump’s attendance at the May summit, his top diplomat’s absence from its foreign ministers’ meeting on 5 and 6 April will be noted with concern, especially by newer east European members on its exposed east flank.Ivo Daalder, a former US ambassador to Nato and now president of the Chicago Council think tank, wrote on Twitter that the decision “feeds growing allied doubts about US commitments,” saying the April foreign ministers’ meeting is crucial preparation for the full Nato summit that Washington “can’t miss.” 24 Comments Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more