Hostel warden, husband arrested on sexual harassment charges

first_imgThe warden of a government-run girls’ boarding school hostel and her husband were arrested at Kishangarh Bas in Rajasthan’s Alwar district on charges of molestation of minor girls. Two inmates of the hostel had made a written complaint against them to the school’s principal.Warden Neel Kamal Yadav of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya’s hostel allegedly used to call the girls, students of class 12, to her home, where her husband Naresh Yadav and his friend would molest them and ask them to “befriend” other men as well. Naresh is a teacher at the Government Model School in Alwar’s Tijara town.The sexual abuse came to light on Saturday when the school principal, Sukhi Ram, went to the hostel to distribute sweets to celebrate the return of Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman from Pakistan. “Two girls came to me crying and told me about their ordeal. I asked them to give a written complaint and informed the police,” Mr. Sukhi Ram said.A first information report under Sections 354-A (sexual harassment) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of Indian Penal Code, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act was registered at Kishangarh Bas police station and the statements of the two hostel inmates were recorded. One of the girls belongs to a Scheduled Caste.Neemrana Additional Superintendent of Police Mahesh Tripathi said the girls had alleged in their complaint that several inmates had “quietly suffered” the molestation and were hesitant to speak up. Acting on the complaint, the police obtained statements of about eight girls and sent a team to Haryana to look for the third accused, Ramkesh Sharma.Ramkesh’s name appears in the list of donors who have made monetary contributions to the hostel. The State government’s Education Department has placed both the warden and her husband under suspension and initiated disciplinary proceedings against them.Alwar MP Karan Singh Yadav, Congress leader and former Union Minister Jitendra Singh and State Labour Minister Tika Ram Jully, representing the Alwar Rural Assembly constituency, visited the hostel on Sunday and assured of strict action against the accused.last_img read more

BCCI will have to discuss if Dravid is the right man: Thakur

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 6 (PTI) BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur today said that the cricket board will have to deliberate over Rahul Dravids candidature before taking any decision on Indias next coach but assured that the right person will be selected at the appropriate time. With Ravi Shastris contract as Team Director coming to an end after the completion of ICC World T20, Dravids name has been doing the rounds for the job. Thakur said: “I think media publishes many reports which are not even discussed at any level. Rahul Dravid has done extremely well as a player and he has been outstanding with India A and U-19 players. “Before taking any call, we have to discuss that within BCCI that who we want to hire for the next 2 or 3 years till the 2019 World Cup and who could be best for Indian cricket. But I would like to assure you that we will pick the right person, at the right time,” he said during an interaction with fans on a social networking site. There were reports that BCCIs advisory committee, comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, has approached Dravid, currently in charge of India A and India U-19 squads, for the top coaching job. PTI ATK BS PDSlast_img read more

It is sad that India is no. 3 in doping: Mary Kom

first_imgFive-time World Champion boxer MC Mary Kom today said it is very disappointing that India ranks number 3 in doping and urged the government and SAI to do more to curb the menace.India were ranked third for the third year in a row in a doping violation report published by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for 2015 with 117 athletes from the country being punished after testing positive for banned substances.”It is very sad to know that India is no. 3 in doping,” Mary Kom told reporters on the sidelines of the launch of the Oorja CAPF U-19 football talent hunt which will kick off across the country on May 1.”I think the Government and Sports Authority of India should take more doping test in every camp and every tournament only then players will be more careful and aware not to indulge in doping,” she added.The London Olympics bronze-medallist said she has no plans of retiring from the sports.”I still have the confidence that I can compete and beat the upcoming players. I have always given a lot of importance to fitness. Despite being a mother of three, I’m still very strong. And so I’m not thinking of retirement. I still want to win a lot of medals for my country,” she said.”The upcoming tournaments especially Asian Championship and Commonwealth Games are important. So looking forward to it,” she added.Meanwhile, Pullela Gopichand, who is the chief national badminton coach, exuded confidence of India doing well at the Sudirman Cup.advertisement”I think we have a chance to reach the knockout. The idea will be to win the women’s singles, men’s singles and women’s doubles. I think we can do that,” he said when asked about India’s chances at the tournament.To a question about India’s preparation for the under 17 World Cup, former India football captain Bhaichung Bhutia said: “I think preparation has been great. I think nobody can point fingers at sports ministry and AIFF. Boys have got the training. So it has been good.””I think the stadium is good. They have fulfilled all the FIFA criteria.”On the decision to shift India matches to Delhi, he said: “I think it is up to the federation, FIFA and Govt to decide on that. and why not. If you can have matches in more cities it will only help Indian football.last_img read more

Final Frontier: Consistent India take on confident Pakistan

first_imgBy Kushan Sarkar London, Jun 17 (PTI) Indias remarkable consistency will be up against Pakistans legendary volatility when the fierce rivals clash in what is expected to be an exciting finale to the ICC Champions Trophy, here tomorrow. The often tense political relations between the neighbouring nations add colour to the bitter yet intense rivalry, which has nowadays been confined only to global events due to the Indian governments refusal to allow bilateral contests. Defending champions India had got the better of the rivals in the league stage of the ongoing tournament. And captain Virat Kohli has already declared that nothing extra is needed to get the same result despite the turnaround by Sarfraz Ahmeds men since then. It is nonetheless a battle of attrition, where one needs to hold the nerve till the very end. The last ball six hit by Javed Miandad off Chetan Sharma haunted a generation of Indian fans till Sachin Tendulkar returned the favour during that epic knock at the Centurion. In between, Ajay Jadeja, Venkatesh Prasad, Hrishikesh Kanitkar or Joginder Sharma have all played their bit roles in winning big matches thereby overcoming the Sharjah Syndrome that affected the Indian teams of mid 80s and early 90s. Whether its New Delhi or Islamabad, Karachi or Kolkata, this is one match that fans would hate to see their team lose. For the 22 players in question, its just a game of cricket. But for millions following them, its way beyond that and is fuelled more by comments from former stars like Virender Sehwag or Rashid Latif. There could be unabashed love and unwarranted criticism in equal measures depending on which side one ends up. Even skipper Virat Kohli would tell one and all that they are “not here to make statements”. On pure cricketing logic, Pakistan are no match for Virat Kohlis men, who have some of the best exponents of limited overs cricket. But just like in life, at times sporting realities defy logic which is exactly the reason why Sarfraz Ahmeds team cant be ruled out on a big day. A lopsided opening round contest, which India won by 124 runs made many feel that Indo-Pak contests are fast losing their sheen due to lack of quality in Pakistani ranks. An Azhar Ali is no match for Rohit Sharma in ODIs and Ahmed Shahzad doesnt have the consistency that Shikhar Dhawan has shown. Babar Azam is a new kid on the block while Virat Kohli, with 8000 plus ODI runs, is destined for greatness. But Pakistan cricket swings like a pendulum, hovering between brilliant and ordinary, making a mockery of any kind of definitive analysis. And the pace attack of Mohammed Amir, tournaments leading wicket-taker Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan and Rumman Raees have the ability to rewrite history. And this despite a dismal 2-13 record against India in various ICC tournaments (World Cup, Champions Trophy and World T20), which makes the Men In Blue firm favourites. Indias batting line-up, as expected, has fired big time in this Champions Trophy with Shikhar Dhawan (317 runs) and Rohit Sharma (304 runs) topping the run charts. Skipper Kohli, with 253 runs, makes it three Indians in top-5. Kohli is confident that his middle-order comprising Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya, that has gone untested so far, will come good if Law of Averages catches up with them. “I am sure when Kedar and Hardik will put their hand up when situation arises. I dont think middle order not being tested is something to worry about,” the skipper, who himself has been in sublime form had said earlier. With two quality pacers in Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, both of whom have maintained less than five runs per over economy rate on flat decks, India have their bases covered. Ravindra Jadejas all-round prowess and the balance that Hardik and Kedar bring with their multiple skills, make it a complete side. Defending the Champions Trophy will also be important as the on-field supremacy could also help India regain some lost ground off the field when the ICC Annual Conference starts a day after the final. In all, a lot to play for. Squads India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Dinesh Karthik, Mohammed Shami, Ajinkya Rahane, Umesh Yadav. Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Ahmed Shahzad, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Mohammed Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Hasan Ali, Mohammed Amir, Rumman Raees, Junaid Khan, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail. Match Starts: 3 pm IST. PTI KHS PM PMadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Simeone: Griezmann committed amid Barca talk

first_imgAntoine Griezmann Griezmann commitment of no concern to Atletico amid Barcelona transfer talk Matt Dorman 00:58 12/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) griezmann - CROPPED Getty Images Antoine Griezmann Atlético Madrid Espanyol v Atlético Madrid Espanyol Primera División Barcelona Diego Simeone remains “very happy” with the France international striker as speculation continues to cloud his future in the Spanish capital Diego Simeone has no qualms over Antoine Griezmann’s dedication to Atletico Madrid despite the player being at the centre of a tug-of-war with Barcelona.Atleti lodged a complaint to FIFA this week over their La Liga rivals’ alleged pursuit of the France star.The move came in response to Barca director Guillermo Amor stating club president Josep Maria Bartomeu could have met with Griezmann’s family. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, Simeone insists the 26-year-old’s state of mind has not been affected by the speculation surrounding his future.”The board is managing it in the best way, looking for what is best for the club,” Simeone told reporters ahead of Friday’s trip to Espanyol.”I am very happy with Antoine. I base my thoughts on what I see and I see that he is very involved and committed.”Because of his [hamstring] injury, he faced [Deportivo] Alaves the other day without being 100 per cent.”He is doing well with his team-mates and he is a fundamental player for us. These are all positives.”I trust Griezmann and I believe in him. The best is yet to come.”  | PRESS CONFERENCE@Simeone: “@RCDEspanyol have great players from the midfield up.”#AúpaAtleti— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) December 21, 2017Atleti could close to within three points of leaders Barca by winning a fifth successive La Liga match against Espanyol.And while victory would ramp up the pressure on Ernesto Valverde’s side ahead of El Clasico, Simeone is not prepared to consider his team as title contenders.”It is too early to talk. Everything is changing,” he said.”Reality is the only thing that counts and that means doing well against Espanyol tomorrow.”last_img read more

Premier Committed to Addressing Fiscal Instability Oped

first_img create a Premier’s Council on the Economy asking business, labour and voluntary sector leaders to participate develop a multi-year fiscal plan that will allow for a balanced budget at the earliest possible time spur economic growth, particularly through training and education engage Nova Scotians through a comprehensive consultation process to help people understand the nature and scope of the financial problem. The panel also points out that balancing the budget too soon would slow the economic recovery and destabilize public services. And I believe that advice is sound. We have information now that no one had six months ago. I recognize that we cannot balance the budget next year. However, what matters today is that we make the right choices based on the information we have. Promoting recovery and ensuring the stability of public services must serve as guidelines for the speed at which the budget is balanced. Even faced with such challenging advice, I remain optimistic about Nova Scotia’s future. By working together, I know that Nova Scotians, from one end of the province to the other, will seize this unique opportunity and ensure that Nova Scotia delivers stable public services, lives within its means, and is a great place for people to live, work and raise a family. -30- When this government first took office, an independent review of the province’s finances was ordered. This was done so that government, and all Nova Scotians, could see the true state of the province’s books. That review demonstrated for the first time that this province has a significant deficit. We do not have the revenue to pay for the services we deliver. This province is on an unsustainable path. After that report, I asked a panel of economic advisors to examine how best to deal with this challenge. The economic panel has laid out three methods to address the situation: raise taxes, cut spending, and spur economic growth. The panel made it clear in its report that growth in spending is outpacing growth in revenue. Every day the situation adds more to the provincial debt burden. The heavier that burden gets, the more insecure the support for vital public services like health care and education becomes. Government has the responsibility to deal with this serious problem and it will. I have carefully read the report and am committed to addressing the problem of fiscal instability in Nova Scotia. Government will: last_img read more

CN says train leaking crude following derailment in western Manitoba

first_imgST-LAZARE, Man. — A train carrying oil has derailed and is leaking in Manitoba.Canadian National Railway says in a statement that 37 cars carrying crude left the tracks early Saturday morning near St-Larare, which is east of the Saskatchewan-Manitoba boundary.CN says there is “a partial leak” of crude, and that its environmental team is working to clean up the site and protect the environment.It says there are no reports of injuries or fires, and that it’s still determining how much oil spilled.St-Lazare is about 50 kilometres from Moosomin, Sask., where conservative leaders have been speaking at a pro-pipeline rally Saturday.Supporters of pipelines argue that shipping oil by pipeline is safer than by rail.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Are mining companies now lining up to do business in the Ring APTN National NewsMining exploration company KWG Resources has enlisted the help of two young women to help promote the Ring of Fire.It’s the area in northern Ontario rich in minerals worth billions of dollars. the company hopes toBut despite the opportunities that are there, no mines are currently operating.KWG Resources is hoping to change that with a series of videos.You be the judge.last_img

Libyas largest oil field shut down over pipeline closure

CAIRO — Libya’s national oil company has suspended operations at the country’s largest oil field over the “unlawful” closure of a pipeline valve.The National Oil Corporation announced the move late Saturday without saying who was behind the closure of the pipeline linking the field to the port of Zawiya, on the Mediterranean coast. It says the pipeline was blocked late Friday.The Sharara oil field, which produces around 290,000 barrels a day, is controlled by forces loyal to Khalifa Hifter. His self-styled Libyan National Army launched an offensive on the capital, Tripoli, in April, where they are now locked in a stalemated battle with militias loosely aligned with a U.N.-recognized government.Libya slid into chaos after the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed Moammar Gadhafi.The Associated Press read more

People are going to go without food Washedout road poses challenges for

It usually takes Shawna Gardiner’s husband an hour to get to work. These days, it would take almost three — so he can’t afford to work.The troubles began on July 31, after a week of rain. That morning, Gardiner’s husband travelled along Highway 903 from Cole Bay to Meadow Lake and crossed Bull Creek around 9 a.m.Inside of an hour, the culvert running under that section of highway gave out and the road completely washed away.Gardiner’s husband had to take a lengthy detour along highways 965 and 155 — both of which are under construction — to get home. It took him nearly three hours instead of one.He hasn’t been working the last two weeks because it just wasn’t economically feasible to travel six hours round trip for work.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.He’s not the only one making tough choices. Residents of the northern Saskatchewan communities of Canoe Lake First Nation, Cole Bay and Jans Bay frequently need to travel along Highway 903 to get to Meadow Lake to work, get groceries and attend medical appointments. Since the section of road washed away, many have not made the trip or had to take circuitous routes through Beauval and Green Lake to get there. It typically triples their driving time.A grocery run requires a similarly long trip. Earlier this month, to save the Gardiners from having to make a six-hour round trip for food, a family member drove groceries north up Highway 903 until the place where the road had disappeared. The Gardiners were waiting with a boat.“We went to meet him at the washout and portaged across and came back with 24 Hutterite chickens for our families,” Gardiner said.“I told him it was a modern day trading route. Our portage saved us 420 kilometres, round trip.”When Gardiner’s husband paddled across, the water was so deep that his paddle didn’t reach the bottom.Steve Shaheen, senior communications consultant with the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure, said the ministry is aware of the issue, but is not yet sure when or how the road will be fixed.“Currently our design team is looking at options,” Shaheen said, adding that the ministry isn’t yet certain whether it will replace the culvert and keep the existing road design, or instead create a bridge over Bull Creek.“The design team should have a plan done in the next few weeks and then they can contract out the construction, and that would be something we’d want to get done quickly.”While there is no timeline yet, Shaheen said the road is a priority. He said extreme weather negatively affects roads in northern Saskatchewan — as in the case of this washout — and that weather could possibly further affect repairs and contractors’ schedules.“Obviously we empathize with the travellers, and will work to get the road open as quickly as possible,” Shaheen said.Gardiner said tourism is a major part of the area’s economy and she’s concerned people won’t come if the main road is impassable.“I can’t really say how it’s impacted them, but it has to be significant,” she said.Chief Francis Iron of Canoe Lake First Nation said the collapse has had a major affect on the First Nation and surrounding communities. He said the washout is affecting businesses and he’s concerned about what might happen in the event of an emergency, because ambulances use Highway 903.“We’ve been writing letters to the department of highways to relay the importance of that road to us. We haven’t gotten a response back; as far as we know, they’re working on it. It’s just become one big hassle,” he said.Iron said local governments have been asking the province for years to upgrade the road with pavement and bridges. This is not the first time there has been a washout on Highway 903; it washed out at Broad Creek earlier this summer.“And it was bound to happen in this area too and could have been prevented by upgrading these roads,” Iron said. He added that Canoe Lake First Nation also had a washout on its main road this summer, and the community got no help from the government to repair it. He hopes that’s not the case this time, he said.Cole Bay community school principal Alexandra MacLean said she hopes something is done soon.When people need to triple the length of their commutes, it costs them fuel, time and exhaustion, she said. Over the last two weeks, she has spent hours more than she expected travelling to three specialist medical appointments, and twice to Saskatoon to pick up her fiancé, she added.“Two and a half hours to get groceries is a huge inconvenience for families and I can’t imagine how families who can barely afford groceries are managing,” MacLean said.“We’re used to the challenges of a gravel road … but for a single mom to travel with three or four kids on family allowance day, they need enough gas to go around five hours instead of two, and so will have to get groceries at the gas station or in Beauval, both of which are more expensive. People are going to go without food and I can’t believe nobody seems to care.”Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that Shawna Gardiner’s husband was driving six-hours round trip for work. In fact, he has stopped working because it’s not economically feasible for him to do so. The StarPhoenix regrets the error. read more

Liberia enacts new forest policy with UN help to ensure benefits for

“The new forestry policy aims to maximize the benefits from the forestry sector to the Liberian people and put an end to the use of forest resources to fund conflict,” UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) forestry officer Adrian Whiteman said. “The Liberian Forestry Development Authority is now in a position to regain authority and control over the forest resources.”The new legislation will allow implementation of Liberia’s first-ever forestry policy, which FAO helped develop with numerous international partners through the Liberia Forest Initiative, balancing the community, conservation and commercial uses to produce a range of goods and services for the benefit of all Liberians.The policy underscores the importance of community involvement, which did not exist before. It emphasizes the importance of good governance. Its objective is to give more equitable access to forest resources to reduce the potential for future conflict. Together with numerous international partners, FAO is helping to develop staff, skills and means to regain control over forest resources. “We plan to continue supporting the Liberian forestry authorities so that their forests may again be used to benefit all Liberians and to alleviate poverty,” Mr. Whiteman said.Forests account for 47 per cent of Liberia’s land. In the late 1990s, their contribution to the gross domestic product amounted to about 20 per cent and accounted for over 50 per cent of the country’s export earnings. Between 1989 and 2003, revenue from forests was used to fund armed conflict, forcing the UN Security Council to impose sanctions on timber exports in July 2003. When international support for better forest management began in June 2004, the sector was in complete disarray. There was no experienced leadership, a weak understanding of the importance of good governance and no ability to enforce rules and regulations. A distorted concession system that had led to massive fraud also plagued the sector. read more

Sheriff on pipeline protests My job is to enforce the law

Sheriff on pipeline protests: ‘My job is to enforce the law’ MANDAN, N.D. – Don’t look for apologies from the North Dakota sheriff leading the response to the Dakota Access oil pipeline protests, especially for the recent — and, in some circles, controversial — action against demonstrators who he believes have become increasingly aggressive.“We are just not going to allow people to become unlawful,” said Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, a veteran of the North Dakota Highway Patrol and National Guard who was elected to his first term as sheriff about two years ago. “It’s just not going to happen.”More than 525 people from across the country have been arrested during months of protests over the four-state, $3.8 billion pipeline, all here in support of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe that’s fighting the project because it believes it threatens drinking water and cultural sites on their nearby reservation.His department’s job of policing the protesters — the vast majority who’ve been camping on federal land that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will close in December for safety concerns — has cost the county more than $8 million, even with help from the state Highway Patrol and officers from various states. Their tactics, however, have drawn criticism from Standing Rock’s tribal leader as well as protest organizers and celebrities.Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault said he and Kirchmeier have met many times and each meeting has been tense and unproductive. “I don’t think aggressive force is necessary and he thinks it’s necessary,” Archambault said.In the most recent clash between police and protesters, which was near the path of the pipeline and happened last week, officers used tear gas, rubber bullets and large water hoses in freezing weather. Organizers said at least 17 protesters were taken to the hospital, some for hypothermia and one for a serious arm injury, and one officer was injured.Archambault called the confrontation an act of terror against unarmed protesters that was sanctioned by Kirchmeier.“His job is to protect and serve, not to inflict harm and hurt,” Archambault said.But Kirchmeier, who has the backing of the state’s Republican governor and attorney general, defended officers’ actions. He and other authorities said officers were assaulted with rocks, bottles and burning logs.Kirchmeier, a 53-year-old married father, grew up in this county, which has a population of fewer than 30,000 people — about 15 residents per square mile. He retired from the North Dakota Highway Patrol as a captain after 29 years, and had served in the National Guard for four years.The protests are demanding: Kirchmeier hasn’t had a day off since August, routinely working more than 12 hours a day. The 34 deputies in his department are pulling similar shifts, he said, even with help from more than 1,200 officers from North Dakota and nine other states.Some officers have been targeted online by protesters, Kirchmeier included. He said someone recently posted the location of his father’s grave, which he took as an effort to intimidate.“Social media has been very bad and it has turned out like law enforcement is building the pipeline,” he said. “I can’t stop the pipeline. My job is to enforce the law.”President Barack Obama raised the possibility of rerouting the pipeline earlier this month, and construction on the last remaining large chunk, which is on federal land near the reservation, was halted by the Corps for the time being. But Kelcy Warren, CEO of pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners, told The Associated Press the company won’t do any rerouting.Kirchmeier, like many other of the state’s elected officials, blame the Obama administration for not stepping in.“The issue of the pipeline is not going to get solved with protesters and cops looking at each other,” Kirchmeier said. “This is bigger and takes way more political clout than what the county has to offer.”Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said Kirchmeier is in “an incredibly difficult position.”“He has the responsibility to allow people to lawfully exercise their First Amendment rights and he has the obligation to stop it when there is violence contrary to the law,” Stenehjem said. “And now there are a significant number or lawless people and the citizens are worried.”Gov. Jack Dalrymple said Kirchmeier “has done a remarkable job dealing with all the issues brought about by these protests. He has been totally professional in what is not a typical law enforcement challenge in North Dakota.”With winter looming, the Corps has decided to close the land north of the Cannonball River where the Oceti Sakowin protest encampment have flourished on Dec. 5, also citing the confrontations between protesters and authorities, according to a letter Archambault said he received.“To be clear, this means that no member of the general public, to include Dakota Access pipeline protesters, can be on these Corps lands,” the letter provided by the tribe said.The Corps said in a statement Sunday that has “no plans for forcible removal” of protesters and that it “is seeking a peaceful and orderly transition to a safer location.” The agency says anyone on the property north of the Cannonball River after Dec. 5 will be trespassing and subject to prosecution.Protest organizers said Saturday that they don’t intend to leave or stop their acts of civil disobedience.Kirchmeier said before the Corps’ move that North Dakota residents who have grown tired — and increasingly afraid — of the protests are backing law enforcement.“People don’t want their livelihoods disrupted,” he said. “They are not taking this lightly.” by James MacPherson, The Associated Press Posted Nov 27, 2016 8:28 am MDT Last Updated Nov 27, 2016 at 5:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

FROM THE FIELD Turning waste into a business in the slums of

Gamel Djouelde and his colleague are two of 60 young men who were trained and work with Tam Tam waste management in Melen. Every morning at 6 AM, they start collecting garbage in the community., by UN-Habitat/Kirsten MilhahnFor the past 20 years, a young man from the slums of Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon, has been running a local waste collection service that has had a transformative impact on the community around him. The residential area of Melen, like most teeming city’s informal settlements, is not connected to the public garbage disposal system.Through the Tam Tam Mobile, nearly every morning at 6 a.m., a team of young men from Melen make their way through the community. At the end of their shift, they unload their full carts at a municipal waste collection point outside the slum.The Tam Tam Mobile initiative is supported by UN-Habitat, the United Nations programme working towards a better urban future. Read more here about this unique initiative. read more