Bill for Indias first sports univ tabled in LS

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 10 (PTI) A bill to set up Indias first full fledged sports university of international standards was introduced in the Lok Sabha today.The National Sports University Bill, 2017 will help set up the university in Manipur.As of now, there are some institutes which offer various courses for athletes and coaches.”A void exists in the sports environment of the country in various areas such as sports science, sports technology, high performance training,” the bill states.The proposed university is expected to bridge this gap.The bill was introduced by Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs S S Ahluwalia as Sports Minister Vijay Goel is indisposed. PTI NAB ARClast_img read more

Malaika Arora hits the yoga mat in sports bra and tights. Your Monday motivation to hit the gym

first_imgMalaika Arora is the fitness queen of Bollywood. The actress has been working hard towards a fitter body and a healthier lifestyle for a very long time.Her official Instagram account is full of videos and photos giving us a glimpse of her extreme workouts and her healthy dietary choices.Recently, the 45-year-old delighted her fans by sharing a workout video of herself. The video is captioned, “Yoga is a way of life that motivates you, grounds you, tones you mentally & physically, makes you mindful and invokes a feeling of happiness in you.”She also wrote, “With the Diva Yoga and Sarva Yoga Studios, Sarvesh Shashi and I hope to inspire people to adapt a healthy and a happy lifestyle. Some super exciting stuff coming up soon in the digital space. #staytuned #malaikasmotivation #mondaymorningmotivation.” The gram shows Malaika doing stretches on a yoga mat with two bricks.For the workout video, Malaika wore a black sports bra by Reebok flaunting her toned midriff. She paired it with matching yoga pants.For her glam, Malaika looked radiant in her all natural look as she tied half her hair in a top knot.advertisementWith her extreme workout sessions and extremely toned figure, the actress has set some high goals for other Bollywood divas.ALSO READ | Malaika Arora shares pic from Maldives holiday in sexy beachwear. Boyfriend Arjun Kapoor hearts itALSO READ | Malaika Arora reveals son Arhaan’s girlfriends are intimidated by her: That’s what everyone saysWatch Watch | V-Day Special: Malaika Arora Khan’s love tips on Valentine’s Daylast_img read more

U17 WC Report : Paraguay 4-2 New Zealand

first_imgU17 World Cup: Paraguay pull off comeback win against New Zealand to top Group B Manasi Pathak Mumbai Last updated 2 years ago 20:30 10/9/17 New Zealand vs Paraguay A brace from Anibal Vega confirmed full points for Paraguay against New Zealand…. Paraguay, who secured a 3-2 win against Mali in their last tie, made one change in their side which contested against New Zealand on Monday evening as striker Fernando Cardozo replaced Antonio Galeano who slotted a goal against the West Africans on the opening day of the blockbuster youth football event. On the other hand, New Zealand coach Danny Hay was forced to change his plans following the suspension of captain Max Mata following his two yellow cards. Joshua Rogerson and Willem Ebbinge were introduced to the side in defense and attack respectively.Paraguay kicked off the proceedings in the best way possible by scoring the opening goal in the very first minute. It was Alan Rodriguez, who from a free-kick delivered an elevating cross-shot which found the back of the net perfectly.However, their lead didn’t last long enough as skipper Alexis Duarte was guilty of conceding an own goal in the 20th minute which leveled things up. It was a bad day at the office for Duarte who conceded his second own goal of the tie around the half-hour mark which put the South Americans trailing by a goal, a side which had taken the lead in the opening minute of the game. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. The two teams walked out at the half-time whistle on a 1-2 score-line with the All Whites enjoying their come-back lead.The second half kick-started on a similar note as the former half with Paraguay in their quest of finding the much-needed equalizer and New Zealand trying to contain the score. Around the one hour mark, Charles Spragg of New Zealand got his head to the ball but the delivery, from the centre of the box, was too high as it missed the target.New Zealand, who were living on the edge, finally fell prey to their opponents as Los Albirroja’s Anibal Vega struck twice in two minutes to take Paraguay to a 3-2 lead. In the dying moments of the game, Paraguay added another goal, this time netted by Blas Armoa to take the side to six points and on the top of Group B rankings. read morelast_img read more

13 days agoChelsea striker Giroud: I do not accept this situation

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea striker Giroud: I do not accept this situationby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOlivier Giroud admits he’s unhappy with his situation at Chelsea.The France international, who scored the only goal in Friday’s win over Iceland, has hinted at talks with Frank Lampard but insisted he would never seek to insult his manager.”Accept it? No, I do not accept it,” he told Le Pelerin.”You do not have to be fatalistic in certain situations. I have always been respectful and humble. Even if I do not agree with the coach, I do not criticise him.”But in myself, I cannot accept it because I know what I’m worth on a pitch. Last year, when I felt that I deserved to play, I asked the coach for explanations.” last_img read more

Telecom dept asks BSNL to put all capex on hold stop tenders

first_imgNew Delhi: The telecom department is learnt to have asked state-owned BSNL to put all tenders and purchase order on hold, as the company is facing financial crisis. The finance department of BSNL issued order in this regard on June 2, directing all its circle head to take prior approval of corporate officer located in Delhi before floating any new tenders for capital expenditure, according to official sources. “The order issued to circle heads on June 12 says that BSNL is passing through a temporary financial stress and is not in a position to clear the accumulated liabilities,” a BSNL official on the condition of anonymity said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepHe said the BSNL’s Finance Department received the direction from finance wing of the DoT to put on hold all capital expenditure. The order has asked BSNL officers to put in abeyance advance purchase orders, and purchase orders of tenders that have been already finalised till further instruction. BSNL posted operating profit of Rs 672 crore in 2014-15, Rs 3,885 crore in 2015-16 and Rs 1,684 crore in 2016-17. Like other telecom companies, BSNL too has been facing stress in revenues after new entrant Reliance Jio entered the market. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsBSNL Director – Finance, S K Gupta last month shot off a letter to all Chief General Managers of telecom circles, flagging the “fiercest ever competition” being faced by the telecom sector and said “predatory tariff offerings by the competitors” has triggered a sharp decline in revenue from services. While promoters of private telecom operators, including Jio, are investing thousand of crores, BSNL is awaiting government decision on allotment of 4G spectrum to compete in the market. The company is estimated to have largest optical fibre cable network of 7.5 route kilometer that can help it build high speed network. However, it needs to purchase equipments to expand services. BSNL has sought government approval to monetise its real estate. However, the decision is pending with the government.last_img read more

Sunlight important for pregnant women

first_imgToo little sunlight, specifically ultraviolet B exposure, in pregnancy may lead to a higher risk of learning disabilities in child, according to a study. The study conducted by researchers at University of Glasgow found that there was a statistically significant relationship between lower ultraviolet B (UVB) exposure over the whole of pregnancy and the risk of learning disabilities. The researchers looked at more than 422,500 school-age children from across Scotland and found that low UVB exposure during pregnancy was associated with risk of learning disabilities. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”Learning disabilities can have profound life-long effects on both the affected child and their family. The importance of our study is that it suggests a possible way to prevent learning disabilities in some children,” said professor Jill Pell, Director of the University of Glasgow’s Institute of Health and Wellbeing and lead author of the study. “Clinical trials are now needed to confirm whether taking vitamin D supplements during pregnancy could reduce the risk of learning disabilities,” Pell said. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardUVB, the chief cause of skin reddening and sunburn, exposure from sunlight is linked to the production of the essential nutrient vitamin D in the body. During the antenatal period, the foetus undergoes rapid development and growth, making it susceptible to environmental exposures, with the potential of long-term consequences. Maternal UVB exposure promotes the production of vitamin D, which is important for normal brain development of a foetus. The researchers also found a slightly stronger relationship with low UVB exposure in the first trimester, suggesting that early pregnancy may be the most vulnerable to the effects of insufficient UVB. As a result of low levels of UVB radiation from sunlight, vitamin D deficiency is common over winter months in high latitude countries such as Scotland, with Scottish residents twice as likely to be vitamin D deficient than people living in other parts of the UK, the researchers said. Of the 422,512 schoolchildren included in the study, 79,616 (18.8 per cent) had a learning disability, 49,770 (23.1 per cent) boys and 29,846 (14.4 per cent) girls. The percentage of children with learning disabilities varied by month of conception, ranging from 16.5 per cent among children conceived in July, to 21.0 per cent among those conceived in February, March and April. “Our study linked routinely collected health and education data with environmental data enabling us to study a very large number of children in a way that would not be possible using traditional methods,” said Claire Hastie, who did the analysis. The study was published in the journal Scientific Reports.last_img read more

Bad character beaten to death by acquaintances

first_imgGurugram: A person with a known criminal record was beaten to death on Saturday afternoon near Shivaji Nagar, when he stepped out of his home to meet his acquaintances. The man, identified by police as Deepak, allegedly had 11 criminal cases against him for assault and under the Arms Act. The police here said that the deceased was declared as a “bad character” by the Shivaji Nagar police station.The deceased, a resident of Shakti Park, Sector 10 A, was allegedly beaten to death with sticks by at least four men and the police claim that all four suspects have been identified. According to them, Akash, Praveen, Dhilu and Bhupi were part of the group that killed the 24-year-old Deepak. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe police said that at least two more suspects are yet to be identified and that they were all acquaintances of Deepak. Assistant commissioner of police (ACP), crime, Shamsher Singh said, “Deepak had an altercation with the suspects. He was severely beaten and succumbed to his injuries later on Saturday. We have identified four of the suspects. At least two more are unidentified.” Police officials added that after the incident, Deepak’s friends rushed him to a hospital in the city where he died while undergoing treatment for the past two days. The victim’s cousin said that he had left home saying that he would be back in 10 minutes. “The incident took place near our house. His friends got involved in a fight. Deepak tried to sort out the argument but he was beaten with sticks and rods.” A case has been registered against the suspects under sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 506 (criminal intimidation), 302 (murder), and 34 (common intention) of the IPC at the Shivaji Nagar police station.last_img read more

Wiggles pay surprise visit to NL school choir then invite them on

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A star-struck high school choir dissolved into screams of joy when children’s musical super group the Wiggles stopped by their rehearsal — and then invited the teens to join them on stage.The Holy Heart of Mary high school choir in St. John’s had recorded a video performing a Wiggles song, inviting the Australian icons to visit their rehearsal before their performance Tuesday at the Holy Heart Theatre.The Wiggles members commented on the Instagram post, and choral director Robert Colbourne reached out to management formally inviting the group, but hadn’t heard back by the time Tuesday rolled around.“I was starting to lose out hope that our little goal of getting the Wiggles to come to our rehearsal wasn’t going to happen,” Colbourne said Thursday.Colbourne told the kids to wear the group’s signature block colours to rehearsal, just in case.The students and their teacher were floored when the Wiggles trotted in unannounced and listened to the teens perform Newfoundland songs.After posing for a photo with the excited students, blue Wiggle Anthony Field asked Colbourne if the kids would like to perform on stage with them.“I was shocked. Are you serious? These kids are going to lose their minds,” Colbourne recalled.Colbourne captured the heartwarming moment he told the students about the Wiggles’ invitation in a 21-second video posted to Facebook.“It was almost like the Beatles were here, it was huge for them,” Colbourne said with a laugh.Colbourne said he never imagined the outcome, but was happy to see his students have the unforgettable experience of performing with their childhood musical icons.The proud teacher was also impressed to see his teenage students’ enthusiasm for performing in costumes to the Wiggles’ music, which is geared at a younger audience.“Even though these are 16- and 17-year-old teenagers, they’re still children at heart and they really enjoyed getting to meet people that they’d watched on TV when they were very little — kind of their musical mentors, in a way,” Colbourne said.“It created a memory they’ll never forget. I’ll never forget it either.”By one estimate, the Wiggles had sold more than 23 million DVDs and videos, 7 million CDs and 8 million books as of 2013. Their TV show has been broadcast in more than 100 countries and they have performed more concerts than the Rolling Stones.On the web: read more

Tlingits renew crossborder ties with celebration

first_imgAPTN National NewsOld family and cultural ties are being renewed as Tlingits from Alaska, northern British Columbia and the Yukon gathered in Teslin this past weekend.APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean has this story.last_img

Moroccos Nordin Amrabat On the Verge of Leaving Saudis Al Nassr

Rabat – Moroccan international footballer Nordin Amrabat is tired of sitting on the bench. According to several Saudi Arabian outlets, the Atlas Lion is thinking about leaving Al Nassr Riyadh due to continual conflict with his coach, Jose Daniel Carreno, about his game time.The 31-year-old football player expected that he had been recruited to be a key player, not a substitute. Amrabat signed a three year contract with Al Nassr in July for a €3 million salary per year. The former Watford FC player already expressed his disappointment last week after a game with his Saudi football team.“I came to participate in the club’s tournament, not to serve as a substitute. This is the second time the coach has made this choice and I have to see what he will decide for the next matches,” said Amrabat. Will Amrabat leave Al Nassr during the winter trade? According to the Saudi media, Herve Renard’s player has already received an offer from an Italian club. Amrabat made a great impression during the 2018 World Cup in Russia.The “warrior” or “the man of the match” between Morocco and Portugal, as he was called by his Moroccan fans, caught the attention of the international press with his during Morocco’s games against Iran, Portugal, and Spain.During his youth, Amrabat played for the Union of European Football Associations’ champions league with PSV Eindhoven, who at the time were champions of the Dutch football league.His rich football resume has since seen him play for Turkey’s Kayserispor, Watford, and now Al Nassr. read more

Truckloads of goods enter Gaza from Israel UN reports

2 November 2009The Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO) reports that nearly 80 truckloads of goods entered Gaza from Israel yesterday through the Kerem Shalom crossing. The Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO) reports that nearly 80 truckloads of goods entered Gaza from Israel yesterday through the Kerem Shalom crossing.The majority of the trucks contained fruit, cooking oil, dairy products, flour, frozen meat, tea and coffee.More than 100,000 kilograms of cooking gas also made it into Gaza through Kerem Shalom, UNSCO noted. However, the Karni conveyor belt and the Nahal Oz fuel pipelines remained closed.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned in a report released in September that the ongoing Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip, now in its third year, has triggered a “protracted human dignity crisis” with negative humanitarian consequences.“At the heart of this crisis is the degradation in the living conditions of the population, caused by the erosion of livelihoods and the gradual decline in the state of infrastructure, and the quality of vital services in the areas of health, water and sanitation, and education,” stated the report, entitled “Locked In: The Humanitarian Impact of Two Years of Blockade on the Gaza Strip.” The blockade, imposed following the Hamas takeover of Gaza in June 2007, includes the closure of Karni, one of the largest and best equipped commercial crossings; sweeping restrictions on the import of industrial, agricultural and construction materials; the suspension of almost all exports; and a general ban on the movement of Palestinians through Erez, the only passenger crossing to the West Bank. read more

Another bus fare hike in July

Private bus operators are to go for another bus fare hike from July this year, the Lanka Private Bus Owners Association (LPBOA) said.LPBOA President Gemunu Wijeyratne told reporters today that they will push for the bus fare price hike owing to the increase in electricity rates and other overhead costs. He also said that legal action will be filed against the National Transport omission over allegations of corruption.Wijeyratne said that private bus operators have already filed a petition at the human Rights Commission seeking redress over some of the issues they face. (Report by Indika Sri Aravinda for Colombo Gazette) Meanwhile Wijeyratne also called for the removal of the private transport ministry saying it does not serve any purpose. Wijeyratne said that the increase in the electricity rates adds to the overhead costs of bus operators when changing tyres and carrying out other electrical work to maintain the bus. read more

Sri Lankan arrested in Cyprus

A court in Cyprus today issued a three-day custody decree against four people including a Sri Lankan in connection with accusations of an illegal marriage of convenience, the Cyprus Weekly reported.Two are from Bulgaria, a man and a woman aged 24 and 30 respectively, a man from Bangladesh aged 27 years and the man from Sri Lanka aged 37 years. Police are investigating conspiracy to commit an indictable offense and aiding illegal entry and residence in the Republic of Cyprus. The four were arrested at Larnaca where they had gathered for a wedding allegedly between the girlfriend of the Bulgarian man and the Bangladeshi. A police spokesman said they acted on information that illegal aliens were involved.Another two Asians who were found at the municipality were arrested for conspiracy, along with two others suspected of illegal entry. read more

Heroin from Afghanistan shipped to West via Sri Lanka

In the largest single haul of narcotics till date, the Indian Coast Guard seized 1,500 kg of heroin, valued at around Rs 3,500 crore to Rs 5,000 crore in the grey market, from a merchant vessel off Gujarat coast on Saturday night after three days of coordinated efforts with the Intelligence Bureau. Heroin produced in Afghanistan is being shipped to Western countries via Sri Lanka, a senior Narcotics Control Bureau official in Chennai disclosed.Though Afghanistan produces the drug, the procurement and distribution network is controlled by Pakistan, the Deccan Chronicle reported. Eight people, all Indians, who were in the vessel, had been apprehended and further investigations are on, said additional director general Krishnaswamy Natarajan, Indian Coast Guard Commander for the Western seaboard, when this newspaper contacted him.A defence ministry press release said the Indian Coast Guard ship Samudra Pavak intercepted and apprehended a merchant vessel carrying approximately 1,500 kg of heroin valued at about Rs 3,500 crore off the coast of Gujarat. Indian officials have already alerted other agencies of drug smugglers using short sea route to send narcotics substance from Pakistan, via India to Sri Lanka, from where it gets ‘exported’ to western countries including US, where the demand for such drug is as high as 2,000 kg per month. A Coast Guard official, when asked if the vessel was coming from Pakistan, noted that the ship was coming from Persian Gulf and was heading towards Bhavnagar port in Gujarat.The Panama registered vessel, Henry, has been under the radar of Indian agencies for many days. “On Saturday night CG team intercepted the vessel and conducted searches to find it was carrying 1,500 kg of heroin,” the official said.A senior Narcotics Control Bureau official in Chennai disclosed that the possibility of the ship coming from Pakistan coast is high and 93 per cent of the heroin produced in Afghanistan is being shipped to Western countries via Sri Lanka. “Only seven per cent is used for medicinal purpose. The rest is being smuggled out to Europe and American continents,” he said. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Funds for free postal services for MPs and PC members increased

The funds allocated for free postal services offered to Members of Parliament (MP) and Provincial Council (PC) members have been increased.A gazette notice has been issued increasing the allowance allocated for Parliamentarians for free postal services to Rs 350,000 from Rs 175,000 a year. The funds allocated for Provincial Council members has been increased to Rs 48,000 from Rs 24,000 a year.

Canadian Business unveils list of Canadas 100 wealthiest people

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The 100 wealthiest people in Canada are worth a whopping $230-billion, Canadian Business magazine estimated Thursday.“It’s been a banner year for the super-rich,” the magazine noted, adding the group’s combined wealth is more than the total gross domestic product of many countries.The combined net worth of the wealthiest among us surged by more than 15 per cent, the biggest increase since 2000 – but the names at the top remained similar.Once again, the Thomson family – which owns Thomson Reuters and Woodbridge Co. Ltd. – topped the list with a net worth of $26.1 billion. That’s an increase of 30 per cent from last year.The Thomson family has been at the top of the list since Canadian Business first started publishing it 15 years ago.Below is a list of who else made it to the Top 5:No. 2: Galen WestonAs owner of George Weston Ltd., Loblaw Cos. Ltd. and Holt Renfrew, Weston has a net worth of $10.4 billion – an increase of 24 per cent from 2012. Weston was also No. 2 last year.No. 3: Irving familyThe owners of Irving Oil Ltd. and J.D. Irving Ltd. have a net worth of $7.85 billion, a drop of three per cent from last year but enough to keep them in third place.No.  4: Rogers familyThe owners of Rogers Communications Inc. have a net worth of $7.6 billion, up 18 per cent from last year. They were also No. 4 last year.Rogers Communications is the parent company of Canadian Business, CityNews and this radio station.No. 5: James PattisonThe man behind the Jim Pattison Group has a net worth of $7.39 billion, an increase of 20 per cent from last year. Pattison, 85, was also in fifth place last year.See the full list in Canadian Business magazine, available on newsstands Thursday. by News Staff Posted Nov 22, 2013 7:07 am MDT Canadian Business unveils list of Canada’s 100 wealthiest people business|Canada|Canadian|irving|rogers|Thomson|wealth|weston read more

Trump files 500 million lawsuit as beauty pageant woes mount over remarks

Trump files $500 million lawsuit as beauty pageant woes mount over remarks on immigrants AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Frazier Moore, The Associated Press Posted Jun 30, 2015 11:38 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – As fallout built over Donald Trump’s remarks about immigrants from Mexico, the Republican presidential candidate answered back with legal action to match his trademark brashness, filing a $500 million lawsuit.The suit against Univision for dropping the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants claims breach of contract, defamation and First Amendment violations, and contends Univision turned on him because it supports Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton for president.In a statement, Univision called Trump’s lawsuit “factually false and legally ridiculous.” It said it will “continue to fight against Mr. Trump’s ongoing efforts to run away from the derogatory comments he made.”Univision, which moved last week to opt out of Trump’s pageants because of the celebrity businessman’s remarks earlier this month, is now far from alone.On Tuesday, a TV company backed by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim said it was scrapping a project in development with him, and Mexico announced it won’t be sending a contestant to the Miss Universe contest, which Slim partly owns.Ora TV became the latest company to cut ties with Trump over his presidential campaign kickoff speech in which he declared that some Mexican immigrants bring drugs and crime to the U.S. and are rapists.The company did not give any details about the project it had been developing with Trump. Slim holds a majority interest in Ora TV, which produces shows including “Larry King Now” and “Off the Grid with Jesse Ventura.”And a day after Televisa, the Mexican TV network that airs Miss Universe, said there would be no telecast for the next contest, Miss Mexico pageant director Lupita Jones said Mexico would boycott Miss Universe.Jones said Trump damaged the pageant and its tradition of convening countries for an event that showcases “friendship, unity and breaking down cultural barriers.”NBC previously announced it would not air the Miss USA or Miss Universe pageants.In a TV interview, Trump said contestants are suffering because of the backlash.“We have 50 of the most lovely women you’ve ever seen right now in Louisiana, and they have been abandoned by NBC and abandoned by Univision,” Trump said on Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” adding, “They have been crushed.”Trump refused to back down from his campaign remarks, calling them “totally accurate.”The Miss USA pageant, set to take place July 12 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, also lost both its co-hosts Tuesday, with “Dancing with the Stars” Cheryl Burke and MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts bowing out. The Miss USA pageant had no specifics on who might host in their place but said the proceedings would be live-streamed on its website.Last week, the hosts of the Univision simulcast, RoselynSanchezandCristian de la Fuente, said they wouldn’t take part in the Spanish-language telecast.Aftershocks spread into another lucrative part of Trump’s empire, as the Ricky Martin Foundation announced it would withdraw a golf tournament from a Trump-owned property.The tournament, which draws professional players and big sponsors, raises money for child advocacy and scholarships for Latino students. It was to be held Aug. 21 at the Trump International Golf Club in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. It has been moved to the Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort.The PGA Tour, which runs a World Golf Championship at Trump Doral near Miami, and the PGA of America, declined to comment on whether Trump’s remarks would impact their relationships with him.___Associated Press writers Mae Anderson, Katherine Corcoran, Doug Ferguson and Lynn Elber contributed to this report. read more

UN childrens agency alarmed at refugee and migrant deaths in the Mediterranean

In anticipation of a major summer upswing of child migrants using the dangerous crossing between Libya and Italy UNICEF will shortly begin an operation with the Italian Government and partners to provide protection support, the agency said yesterday in a press release.The agency noted the vast majority of children using the crossing are unaccompanied adolescents and they have faced appalling abuses, exploitation and the possibility of death at every step of their journey. “The stories which I have personally heard from children making this journey are horrifying. No child should face them. Their lives are in the hands of smugglers who care for nothing other than the money they exhort from them,” said Marie-Pierre Poirier UNICEF special coordinator for the European Refugee and Migrant Crisis.An average of 1,000 unaccompanied children a month has arrived in Italy this year, but UNICEF expects this figure to spike in the coming months.Under the Joint Declaration of Intent signed with the Italian Government, UNICEF will: Monitor reception standards for refugee and migrant children, especially those who are unaccompanied, to ensure they are in line with the Convention on the Rights of the Child; Monitor the situation of refugee and migrant children in reception centers, particularly in the regions of Calabria, Campania and Sicily, in southern Italy; andMonitor all actions aimed at the integration of migrant and refugee children into Italian society.. read more