Nations League: Portugal secure first semi-final berth after draw in Italy

first_imgPortugal became the first team to qualify for the Nations League semi-finals when they held Italy 0-0 on Saturday, the second time in a year that the hosts have been knocked out of a competition following a goalless draw at the San Siro.Italy, with defender Giorgio Chiellini making his 100th appearance, suffocated Portugal in the first hour with their pressing and created numerous openings with their intricate passing moves.But they ran out of steam in the last half hour and the European champions held out fairly comfortably.Nations League: Depay last-minute penalty helps Netherlands beat France 2-0Portugal have seven points from three games in the three-team group, two ahead of Italy who have finished their campaign. Poland, who visit Portugal for the group’s final game on Tuesday, have one point and have already been relegated.They are also in line to host the semi-finals and finals in June as Italy and Poland were the only other two countries to express an interest in staging the tournament. The decision still has to be ratified by UEFA on Dec. 3.Last November, Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years after being held by Sweden at the same stadium in Milan.”We suffered in the first half when we had a lot of difficulty,” said Portugal coach Fernando Santos. “The first 15 minutes of the second half were more even and after that we were no longer under pressure. The result ended up being a fair one as Portugal were better in the second half.”advertisementafter one season at the club to return to Juventus in August.Italy had an early chance when Lorenzo Insigne’s long-range shot was parried by Rui Patricio and Ciro Immobile blasted the rebound over the bar.In what was a hugely promising display by Roberto Mancini’s side, Alessandro Florenzi drove a low shot narrowly wide before Marco Verratti threaded a ball through to Immobile and this time Patricio saved the shot with his leg.Another neat moved ended with Jose Fonte blocking Federico Chiesa’s shot early in the second half.Portugal, who have not picked Cristiano Ronaldo since the World Cup by mutual agreement, were more threatening as the game wore on.Substitute Joao Mario shot over on the turn after Joao Cancelo worked an opening on the right and Gianluigi Donnarumma made a difficult save from William Carvalho’s low shot.Lorenzo Pellegrini’s header was comfortably saved by Patricio as Italy had a final fling in stoppage time.”I think it was an excellent performance, although we had a quiet spell in the second half and we obviously have to do that little bit more to find the goal,” said Italy coach Roberto Mancini.”It was a step forward in relation to the last game against Poland. We are on the right track.”Also Watch – Virat Kohli’s Team India out to script history in Australialast_img read more

11 days agoMason slams Wales handling of James head injury

first_imgMason slams Wales handling of James head injuryby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRyan Mason has slammed Wales’ handling of a head injury to Manchester United winger Daniel James in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Croatia.James appeared to be unconscious after clashing with opponent Domagoj Vida, but was allowed to continue in the match.Former Spurs midfielder Mason suffered a career-ending concussion in 2018 and believes Wales were wrong to permit James to play on.”Daniel James was just knocked out unconscious! Yet three minutes later he has been allowed back onto the pitch,” Mason posted on his Twitter account.Both James and Wales coach Ryan Giggs denied the Manchester United winger was unconscious after the incident. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Indian players and fans racially taunted at MCG, sections of crowd warned

first_img India Today Web Desk MelbourneDecember 28, 2018UPDATED: December 28, 2018 15:14 IST India vs Australia: Racial slurs at the MCG have reportedly carried on for two days. (AP Photo)A section of the crowd at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) was warned after racial slurs targeted att the Indian players and fans during the Boxing Day Test.India are 346 runs ahead after three days of attritional cricket against Australia. The players have been involved in some heated verbal battles but no incident has been reported to match officials – both teams have accepted that their players and the opposition have been well within the lines.However, there were concerns over racial chants from spectators at MCG’s Bay 13. Certain people shouted “show us your visa” and the racial slurs reportedly carried on for two days.A formal complaint was lodged with Cricket Australia.Cricket Australia has handed over footage of the chant to Victoria Police and the management at MCG.A CA spokesperson said police are now monitoring the behaviour of the crowd in the the concerned section of the stadium: “Victoria Police and stadium security are monitoring the behaviour of the crowd in that section of the stadium and have had several discussions with those fans in that bay to remind them about appropriate crowd behaviour, as per venue entry terms and conditions.”India vs Australia, Boxing Day Test: DAY 3 REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARDCA has now issued a warning to spectators in Bay 13 – they said if the racial chants did not stop the entire bay would be asked to leave the ground.Cricket boards across the board take racial abuse very seriously.”Across the world, cricket has a rich and diverse history and regularly demonstrates its capacity to break down boundaries and draw cultures together. There is a strong tradition of fans from rival teams enjoying matches side by side and the off-field camaraderie amongst players is a celebrated feature of the game,” states the ICC website on the world governing body’s stance on anti-racism.advertisementThere have been several other incidents at the MCG over the last two days. India captain Virat Kohli was booed as he walked out to bat in the first innings while Mitchell Starc was booed by certain sections of the crowd.Also Read | Jasprit Bumrah does what Waqar, Wasim and Vaas could not doAlso Read | Tim Paine trolls Rishabh Pant: MS Dhoni back in the ODI side, want to play for Hobart?Also Read | Allan Border surprised Virat Kohli did not enforce follow-onAlso Read | Jasprit Bumrah breaks 39-year-old Indian record in 1st year in Test cricketAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Melbourne Cricket GroundFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Boxing Day TestFollow Racism Indian players and fans racially taunted at MCG, sections of crowd warnedIndia vs Australia: Cricket Australia has warned spectators at MCG’s Bay 13 area following complaints of racial abuse.advertisementlast_img read more

Navios Containers Secures Refinancing for Seven Vessels

first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Monaco-based Navios Maritime Containers has reached a refinancing agreement related to seven of its containerships, according to the company’s latest report.The shipowner entered into a new credit facility on June 26, 2019, to refinance the outstanding credit facilities of the seven units with an outstanding balance of USD 36.7 million.A day later, the company drew USD 48.8 million under the new facility, that is repayable in 20 consecutive quarterly installments. The first four are in the amount of USD 2 million each and the remaining 16 in the amount of USD 1.7 million each, together with a USD 13.5 million balloon payment on the last repayment date.The facility matures in June 2024 and bears interest at LIBOR plus 300 bps, the company said, adding that it has no bank debt maturities until 2022.Navios Containers revealed the development as part of its financial report for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019. During the period the company reported USD 33.7 million in revenue, USD 12.7 million of EBITDA and around USD 450,000 of net income.The revenue increased from USD 31.5 million seen in the same period a year earlier, mainly due to a rise in the number of vessels operating during the three months. However, TCE per day declined from USD 15,308 to USD 12,594 tear-on-year, primarily as a result of the expiration of contracts between the two periods.Net income for the three months was USD 4.1 million lower than in the second quarter of 2018 mainly due to a USD 4 million decrease in EBITDA; USD 2.3 million rise in interest expense and finance cost, net related to the financing of new vessels; and USD 0.6 million increase in amortization of deferred drydock and special survey costs, in each case, relating to the company’s expanded fleet.In late April, Navios Containers took delivery of the 10,000 TEU Navios Constellation, a 2011-built containership. The vessel was acquired at a price of USD 52.5 million and is chartered out at a net rate of USD 26,325 per day until November 2020 and USD 27,300 per day until October 2021.“Given our low breakeven and the 62% increase in charter rates for the Baby Panamax (from the first quarter low of USD 8,100 per day) we are positioned well for the remainder of 2019,” Angeliki Frangou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said.last_img read more

Northern Pulp Stack Test Results Posted

first_imgThe Department of Environment posted stack test results from Northern Pulp in Pictou County today, Aug. 21. Testing was completed July 24, by Stantec Consulting Ltd. The results, the first since the new precipitator began its commissioning in June, show a marked improvement over the mill’s previous test results in April. Particulate emissions from the recovery boiler are well below the new regulatory limit, indicating that the new precipitator is working as expected. The emissions limit in the 2015 industrial approval is almost 80 per cent lower than the mill’s previous approval. Commissioning of the new equipment is expected to be complete by late October. “We’re pleased to see such positive results so early in the commissioning phase of the new precipitator,” said Environment Minister Andrew Younger. “This is an important milestone in our work to ensure a cleaner operating mill, and to ensure we support Nova Scotians in their desire for an environmentally healthy and prosperous Pictou county.” All other stack test results were also below the required limits, including the power boiler which was slightly above the approved limit in April. In July’s ministerial decision, Environment staff were directed to review information received during the appeal process. Staff continue to meet with Northern Pulp on reductions in water use. The outcome is expected in September. The deadline for appeals to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia on Northern Pulp’s industrial approval is August 24. To date, two appeals have been filed, one from Northern Pulp and one from Pictou Landing First Nations. The stack test results can be found at www.novascotia.ca/nse/issues/northern-pulp-boat-harbour.as .last_img read more

WestJet bans staff in safetysensitive jobs from offduty cannabis use

first_imgCALGARY – WestJet Airlines Ltd. says it will follow the lead of rival Air Canada in banning marijuana use for staff in certain “safety-sensitive positions” even when they aren’t at work.The company says it updated its alcohol and drug policy in preparation for legalization of recreational cannabis use next week.Spokeswoman Morgan Bell says employees were notified of the changes on Tuesday morning.She says marijuana is being treated differently than alcohol, which is banned for certain staff members within 12 hours of coming on duty.Bell said WestJet’s list of affected positions would be similar to Air Canada’s, which includes flight and cabin crew members, flight dispatchers, aircraft maintenance engineers and station attendants.The new WestJet policy also includes a prohibition on possession or distribution of cannabis on company property while on duty or attending a company social function.“We believe these changes reflect our reputation as an industry leader in safety and our expectations that all employees report fit for duty and remain fit for duty at work,” said Bell.last_img read more

Security Council urges ceasefire after deadly clashes between Eritrea Djibouti

Voicing “strong concern about the serious incidents that occurred on 10 June,” the Council condemned Eritrean military action against Djibouti in Ras Doumeira and Doumeira Island, according to a statement read out last night by Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad of the United States, which holds the rotating Council presidency this month.“The Security Council calls upon the parties to commit to a ceasefire and urges both parties, in particular Eritrea, to show maximum restraint and withdraw forces to the status-quo ante.“The Security Council urges both parties, in particular Eritrea, to cooperate and engage in diplomatic efforts to resolve the matter peacefully and in a manner consistent with international law.”The 15-member panel welcomed the efforts of the African Union, the Arab League and individual States to end the crisis and encouraged Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to use his good offices and reach out to both countries “to determine arrangements for decreasing the military presence along the border and to develop confidence-building measures to resolve the border situation.” 13 June 2008The Security Council has called on Djibouti and Eritrea to agree to a ceasefire after several days of fighting along their joint border that has led to several deaths and dozens of wounded. read more

Security Council to resume debate on Middle East draft text on Monday

Participants at today’s closed-door meeting held a first round of discussions on the draft text, which had been tabled by Syria, according to Ambassador Jeremy Greenstock of the United Kingdom. “Most of the members of the Council who spoke wished to have time to consult their capitals on the draft,” he told reporters following the session.”One delegation made it clear that they would have considerable difficulties with the draft,” he added, without specifying the country in question. “It is further the feeling amongst those members of the Council who spoke that it would be right to move forward if at all possible with full consensus on this… important issue.”Based on those expressed views, the President said he had adjourned the meeting, adding that he expected representatives to “be in a position on Monday morning to express considered views from their governments on this draft.”Responding to questions from the press, Ambassador Greenstock stressed that all members of the Council were “keen to support the prospect for a return to negotiations.”The diplomatic Quartet on the Middle East – the UN, United States, Russian Federation and European Union – along with others had done “important work” in this area, he noted. “The Council is very keen to maximize the opportunities for that bearing fruit.””Unfortunately,” he added, “there was a massive incident of violence in Gaza between then and now, and that has to be dealt with, and the Council may, in the next week, have something to offer on that.” read more

Mine safety under the spotlight

first_imgThe latest approaches to safe and economical management of rock dumps will be the focus of an inaugural seminar to be held in Perth next March. Professor Andy Fourie, from the Australian Centre for Geomechanics based at The University of Western Australia, said the First International Seminar on the Management of Rock Dumps, Stockpiles and Heap Leach Pads would bring together leading mine owners and operators, as well as academics, consultants and researchers from around the world.“As mining practices result in deeper open pit and underground mines so does the need to effectively manage the resulting substantially sized rock dumps, stockpiles and heap leach pads,” Professor Fourie said. “The potential harm that these landforms can cause to the surrounding ecosystems generates increased community concern. For industry to remain viable and profitable it must ensure that the management and rehabilitation of these landforms is proactive and responsible. The seminar will provide an important forum for local and overseas delegates to explore significant developments in the design, operation and management of rock dumps, stockpiles and heap leach pads.”The Australian Centre for Geomechanics (ACG), which is presenting the seminar, is a not-for-profit mining research centre that promotes mine safety and environmental best practice through geomechanics research, training and education. The three-day program will feature more than 30 presentations, including keynote addresses by Norwegian expert, Dr Nick Barton, and Professor Dirk van Zyl from the University of British Columbia.Professor Fourie said the ACG was the only centre of its kind in Australia and one of only a handful in the world concerned with improving mine safety while optimising production performance. Rock Dumps 2008 will be held at the Novotel Langley Hotel, Perth, March 5-7, 2008, with more than 120 local and international mining professionals expected to attend.For more information contact acg@acg.uwa.edu.aulast_img read more

John Delaney says his FAI job switch was because his workload was

first_img Share531 Tweet Email 68 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: PA Images Delaney is also on the Uefa board. Delaney is also on the Uefa board. Image: PA Images https://jrnl.ie/4574160 By Rónán Duffy Wednesday 3 Apr 2019, 8:08 AM 31,621 Views Short URL And then during the week there’s an organisation with a turnover of €50 million, with 200 staff. So it’s a huge organisation now and then there’s a huge international dimension. I’m on the board of Uefa as it is.“Apart from that we have a feasibility study to do a World Cup bid with England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, there are meetings in England on that next week and that’s making significant progress.“There’s an under-21 bid for the under-21 euros with Northern Ireland in 2023.”There’s centralised television deals to be done, we’re starting the process of negotiating that with Uefa, which is a lot of money for the FAI which then means a lot of money for grassroots football and other projects. And I could go on.“That’s just a snapshot of some of the projects that I’m turning my attention to, and it really was impossible to do the three jobs I just laid out to you for one person, that’s why the association commissioned an independent report to split the duties,” Delaney said.He added that he was “looking forward” to his new role and said there was “a lot we can deliver over the next number of years”.As CEO, Delaney’s salary was €360,000, having once been as high as €450,000, but the FAI has said that it was be “substantially less” in his new role. Delaney himself is due to appear before the Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport on 10 April to answer questions about the FAI. John Delaney says his FAI job switch was because his workload was ‘impossible’ The new executive vice-president says he was doing “three jobs” in the FAI. Apr 3rd 2019, 8:08 AM FORMER FAI CEO John Delaney has said that his new role at the association is because it was “impossible” for him to “do three jobs”.The Football Association of Ireland announced a fortnight ago that Delaney was to step down from the role of CEO to take up a newly-created role of executive vice-president.The announcement came as questions were being asked over why Delaney had provided the association with a €100,000 loan in 2017.Sport Ireland is due before an Oireachtas committee today to outline its knowledge on the matter, having said yesterday that the FAI had not sufficiently explained the loan.Speaking about his new role to Tipp FM’s Extra Time Junior Football Podcast, Delaney did not talk about the controversy surrounding the loan but said that his new role was because he was overworked as CEO.“The way it’s been with the association over the last number of years, in my own personal case, I’ve been trying to attend grassroots football functions and games every weekend, I’ve given my life to that and I love it. I get great energy out of it, I love helping the clubs, I love meeting the volunteers, I love grassroots people,” Delaney said.last_img read more

Series of storms to bring wind rain to region

first_imgForecasters expect strong, possibly tree-limb-snapping, power-cutting winds to accompany heavy rainfall starting Thursday afternoon.The National Weather Service in Portland predicts that Thursday’s storm will be a powerful one, and a prelude  to rainy weather through early next week. Forecasters said 1 to 3 inches of rain may fall in inland areas and valleys in Western Oregon and Washington through Saturday. For Vancouver, forecasters predicted new rainfall totals between 0.75 to 1 inch Thursday and Thursday night.Friday’s new rainfall totals were forecast at less than an inch.As much as 3 to 6 inches of rain was forecast for the coastal mountains through Saturday, and about 2 to 4 inches in the Cascades.The greater concern may be wind. In Vancouver, the weather service said it expected winds from 8 to 11 mph Thursday, with gusts as high as 18 mph. Wind speeds are forecast to increase to 23 to 28 mph, with gusts as high as 43 mph, Thursday evening. “With deciduous trees still heavy with leaves, any moderately breezy conditions could wreak havoc with power lines inland,” according to Wednesday afternoon’s weather service forecast. Most inland areas are likely to see gusts of 25 to 40 mph Thursday night.last_img read more

Vancouver biker killed in Nebraska accident identified

first_imgA 51-year-old Vancouver man died Saturday night in a motorcycle accident in the Nebraska Panhandle.Kenneth Dale Morton of Vancouver was riding westbound on Interstate 80 near Kimball, Neb., at about 10 p.m. Saturday when he lost control of his motorcycle and slid into the median, according to the Lincoln Journal Star newspaper. The bike slid into the median and rolled, throwing the rider back into the westbound passing lane of the interstate.Morton died at the scene, the newspaper reported.last_img

Seized tobacco gutka worth 75L set afire

first_imgRamachandrapuram: The police on Sunday set on fire the seized tobacco and ‘gutka’ packets worth Rs.75 lakh in the Tellapur forest area. The seizures were carried out in the last two years by the Cyberbad SOT and police. Nine cases were registered. The stocks were burnt following orders of the court, after they were produced. The police warned that cases would be registered against those who cooperated with the offenders involved in dealing with the banned products.last_img

JS adopts resolution on Rohingya crisis

first_imgParliament Complex. File Photo The Jatiya Sangsad (national parliament) on Monday unanimously adopted a resolution condemning the Myanmar government’s continuous persecution and atrocities on the religious and ethnic Rohingya minority in their Rakhaine state and their push in into Bangladesh and called upon the international quarters, including the UN, to exert a strong diplomatic pressure on the Naypyidaw administration to immediately solve the crisis.The JS resolution came after a detailed general discussion on Rohingya crisis initiated by a proposal moved by treasury bench member Dipu Moni under the Rule 147 (1) of the Rules of Procedure of the house with speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair.In her proposal, Dipu Moni urged the world conscience to come forward to resolve the problem in Rakhaine state immediately and mount pressure on the Myanmar government to take back their citizens from Bangladesh.She said that several lakhs Rohingyas have already taken shelter in Bangladesh to avoid ethnic cleansing in their homeland.Moving the resolution Dipu Moni bitterly criticized Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi for her dubious role in Rohingya crisis which is grossly contradictory to her Nobel acceptance speech – “Ultimately our aim should be to create a world free from the distressed, the homeless and the hopeless a world of which each and every corner is a true sanctuary where the inhabitants will have the freedom and the capacity to live in peace”.Read more: Dhaka likely to raise Rohingya issue in upcoming UNGA sessionTaking part in the discussion, prime minister Sheikh Hasina said Myanmar has created the Rohingya crisis and they will have to solve it. She said, “Everybody knows Rohingyas are citizens of Myanmar and they must have to take back their citizens from Bangladesh.”Most lawmakers called for creating a safe zone for Rohingyas inside Myanmar under the supervision of the UN and an immediately implementation of the Anan Commission Report on the crisis.Participating in the discussion, leader of the opposition in parliament Rowshan Ershad supported the resolution saying international pressure should be mounted on Myanmar to stop the ongoing persecution of the Rohingyas.Listing different diplomatic and political steps taken by the government, foreign minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali said some 300,000 Rohingya victims of Rakhine state in Myanmar entered Bangladesh since 25 August last and most of them are now living in Cox’s Bazar refugee camps.Earlier, more than four lakh unregistered Rohingya people were forced to enter Bangladesh in face of atrocities in Myanmar. On 9 October 2016, some 87,000 Rohingya entered Bangladesh in the wake of Myanmar military crackdown on them, he mentioned.The minister said Bangladesh has been working to resolve the Rohingya problem for a long time. Recently diplomatic efforts have been geared up to resolve the Rohingya problem.Meanwhile, he said, international organisations and countries including the United Nations expressed concern over the issue and appreciated Bangladesh’s role.Industries minister Amir Hossain Amu said the atrocities of the Myanmar government are reminding us the same brutalities carried out by the Pakistani occupation forces in 1971.Commerce minister Tofail Ahmed said that Myanmar started their atrocities in Rakhaine state immediately after former UN Secretary General Kofi Anan submitted his report on Ronhingya crisis.They killed thousands of Rohingyas and dishonoured women and girls during their heinous and inhuman crackdown and forced to leave their motherland, he said.Civil aviation and tourism minister Rashed Khan Menon sought the intervention of the UN and international organisations to stop Rohingya persecution and ethnic cleansing by the Myanmar military.last_img read more

Twins drown in pond

first_imgMap of PabnaA pair of twins aged just two-and-half, drowned in a pond in Boalmari village in Sathia upazila of Pabna on Thursday, reports UNB.The deceased are Ahad and Samad, sons of Alauddin Ali of the village.Inspector (investigation) of Sathia police station Abdul Majid said the two brothers were frolicking near their house around 2:30pm, when they fell into the pond at one stage unnoticed.Later, local people recovered their floating, lifeless bodies from the pond.last_img

Myanmar closes Rohingya camps

first_imgMuslim residents at Taungpaw an internally displaced people`s camp walk through the flood to reach the new house built by the Myanmar government in central Rakhine. Photo: ReutersAs the world was focused on abortive efforts to begin repatriating hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh to Myanmar last month, hundreds of their fellow Muslims still in Myanmar were boarding boats seeking to escape the country.Their attempted flight cast the spotlight back on 128,000 Rohingya and other displaced Muslims still living in crowded camps in Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine, six years after Buddhist mobs razed most of their homes.The government of Aung San Suu Kyi, under international pressure to address their plight, says it is now closing the camps on the grounds that doing so will help development and put the labour of camp residents to good use.But Reuters interviews with more than a dozen residents from five camps and internal United Nations documents show the move simply means building new, more permanent homes next to the camps – rather than allowing them to return to the areas from which they fled – leaving their situation little changed.Those that have moved into the new accommodation remain under the same severe movement restrictions as before, residents and staff working in the camps say. A network of official checkpoints and threats of violence by local Buddhists prevent Muslims from moving freely in Rakhine. As a result, those sources say, they are cut off from sources of livelihoods and most services, and reliant on humanitarian handouts.”Yes, we moved to new houses – it’s correct to say (the camp is closed),” said Kyaw Aye, a community leader from a camp called Nidin, in central Rakhine. “But we’ll never be able to stand on our own feet because we can’t go anywhere.”Reuters spoke to displaced Muslims in Rakhine by phone as reporters are denied independent access to the camps.Myanmar’s Minister of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Win Myat Aye said the government was working with the United Nations on a national strategy to close camps housing people forced out of their homes by violence in Rakhine and elsewhere, known as internally displaced persons or IDPs.There were no legal restrictions on the movements of displaced people in Rakhine, as long as they accepted a so-called national verification card that also gives them equal access to healthcare and education, he said in a written response to Reuters’ questions.Aid workers and Muslim residents say severe restrictions persist even on those who have accepted the identity card, which most Rohingya reject because they say it treats them as foreigners who have to prove their nationality.The U.N. chief in Myanmar, Knut Ostby, warned in a Sept. 24 private note that the government’s plan for camp closures “risks further entrenching segregation while denying IDPs many of their fundamental human rights”.Ostby’s office declined to comment on the note, but in a written response to Reuters’ questions said the UN had been invited to comment on the government’s plans for closing camps and was preparing its response.That response would include recommendations that all displaced people be granted freedom of movement, were involved in planning their resettlement and could return to their homes or another place of their choosing, Ostby said.MARITIME ESCAPERohingya community leaders say that improving conditions for those still living in Rakhine is one of the keys to persuading the hundreds of thousands sheltering in refugee camps in Bangladesh to return.Some 730,000 fled a military crackdown after attacks by Rohingya militants in August 2017. U.N.-mandated investigators have said the Myanmar military unleashed a campaign of killings, rape and arson with “genocidal intent”. Myanmar has denied almost all the accusations against its troops, who it says engaged in legitimate operations against terrorists.Refugees baulked at a plan for repatriating them that was supposed to begin in mid-November, arguing that conditions were not right for return.Meanwhile, at least three boats, each carrying scores of men, women and children, have departed from Rakhine for Malaysia since monsoon rains abated in October, following the hazardous maritime escape route used for years by Rohingya fleeing what they say is persecution in Myanmar.”If they are making the choice to go by boat, it’s clear proof of the conditions in the IDP camps,” said Khin Maung, a Rohingya youth activist in Bangladesh.He is in touch with fellow Muslims who are “living like prisoners” in the camps in central Rakhine, Khin Maung said. “If they are living like that how can we agree to go back?”Win Myat Aye, the minister, said Myanmar was working to improve the lives of both the IDPs and potential returnees.”I assume that the displaced people are leaving with boats because they (have) not fully understood what we arranged for their accommodations, livelihoods and socio-economic development,” he said.”INVESTING IN SEGREGATION”One camp, among the 18 remaining in Rakhine, lies outside a central Rakhine town of Myebon, which was torn by communal violence in 2012.The 3,000-strong Muslim community was expelled and put in the camp, known as Taungpaw, on a narrow strip between the now Buddhist-only town and the Bay of Bengal, in what was supposed to be a temporary arrangement.This year authorities built 200 new houses on rice paddies next to the camp, despite concerns that the area was prone to flooding. They were inundated in early June. In September, the government also built two new buildings set to become Muslim-only schoolhouses.”This is a sign the Rakhine state government is investing in permanent segregation rather than promoting integration,” said a previously unpublished memo dated Sept. 30 and circulated by U.N. officials setting out the concerns of aid workers operating in the camps. The U.N. said it did not comment on leaked documents.Some Muslims in Myebon have Myanmar citizenship and others have accepted national verification cards. They say they still cannot visit the town, where communal tensions have stayed high since the 2012 violence. Rakhine Buddhists have at times blocked aid deliveries to the camp.”Although they gave people new homes, if there’s still no freedom to move, there’s still no opportunity to do business,” said camp resident Cho Cho, 49.Aung Thar Kyaw, a leader among the Rakhine Buddhist community in Myebon, said the two communities were too different to live together, labelling Muslims “so aggressive”.”The government already built them new homes so they don’t need to enter town,” he said.Lei Lei Aye, an official in the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, referred questions about the specific concerns in Taungpaw to Rakhine state government officials, who could not be reached for comment.”POLICY OF APARTHEID”Despite the humanitarian community’s efforts to convince Myanmar to change course, including by giving technical advice on camp closures, “the only scenario that is unfolding before our eyes is the implementation of a policy of apartheid with the permanent segregation of all Muslims, the vast majority of whom are stateless Rohingya, in central Rakhine,” said an internal “discussion note” prepared by the U.N.’s refugee agency in late September, first reported by Frontier Myanmar magazine and reviewed by Reuters.Win Myat Aye said he was “not concerned” about such warnings because the government was progressing with its camp closure strategy in consultation with UN agencies, non-governmental groups and foreign diplomats.The UN estimates humanitarian assistance in Rakhine will cost about $145 million next year.Former residents of Nidin, about 100 km (62 miles) north of Taungpaw, told Reuters their situation had barely improved since state media declared the camp closed in August.They are unable to return to Kyauktaw, the town where many lived and worked before the 2012 violence.Tun Wai, a Rakhine Buddhist doctor in Kyauktaw, said Muslims could “go freely outside the town”. But if they try to return, he said, “they will be killed”.Soe Lwin, deputy chief of the Kyauktaw police station, said Muslims “can’t enter the town”, but denied they would meet with violence. “We have the rule of law,” he said.The Muslims now live marooned among rice paddies that do not belong to them. Rohingya fishermen say what they catch barely covers their rental costs as they do not own their equipment.And with no clean water supply, children have contracted skin rashes from washing in agricultural run-off.”We can’t even support our children because we don’t have income,” said former camp resident Khin Hla, 43. “Without aid, we would starve.”last_img

Worker dies after shot by ward commissioners nephew

first_imgA worker was shot dead by the nephew of a ward commissioner of the capital in Sialdi village of Sirajdikhan upazila in Munshiganj on Monday, reports UNB.The deceased is Obaidul Islam, 32, son of Munsar Ali of Bajradiakhata village of Chilmari upazila.Additional police superintendent Mostafizur Rahman said after the incident the key accused Ismail Molla, and his uncle Shamim Molla, commissioner of ward No 26 of Tejgaon in the capital were on the run.Pranbondhu, inspector of police Special Branch said Shamim Molla gave his personal pistol to his nephew Ismail on Monday night. Ismail and his wife were looking at it after taking it into their hands.Ismail accidentally pressed the trigger which hit the worker on his throat leaving him severely injured.Later, the victim succumbed to his injuries after being taken to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).Officer-in-charge of Sirajdikhan police station the body was sent morgue for autopsy.They also arrested Ismail Molla’s wife for interrogation, he said.last_img read more