Cardiff tipped to snub bid as Fulham are linked with Carlton Cole

first_imgCardiff City are set to reject an offer from Fulham for Peter Whittingham, according to The Sun on Sunday, while West Ham striker Carlton Cole has been linked with a move to Craven Cottage.It is claimed Fulham will offer £2.5m for Bluebirds midfielder Whittingham, who scored 13 goals last season.The Sunday Express say Fulham want Fraser Fyvie, 19, who has turned down a new deal at Aberdeen, while The Sun suggest the Whites are one of several clubs interested in Burnley striker Charlie Austin.There is continued speculation about Clint Dempsey’s future, with the Daily Star on Sunday reporting that Liverpool’s American owners have sanctioned an £8m bid to buy him from Fulham.The People, however, suggest the Anfield club’s offer is unlikely to be more than £6m.Striker Andy Carroll has been linked with a move to west London as part of a possible deal for Dempsey.The former Newcastle man is also wanted by West Ham, and The People say Fulham will move for Cole if the Hammers get Carroll.The People also claim that Sheffield Wednesday boss Dave Jones is interested in signing Joey Barton on loan from QPR.This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

The mystery of the Ohio FFA jacket in Italy

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There are many diverse paths that lead Ohio FFA members to the organization and even more paths that will take them far beyond their FFA years. The one thing they will all have in common, forever, is the pride of donning that signature blue corduroy jacket.As we get ready to highlight thousands of these young people next month at the Ohio FFA Convention, I found out about one of those legendary jackets that may have chosen a path all its own.One of my friends on Facebook posted about her brother-in-law taking a trip to Florence, Italy, and noticing a fellow walking the streets in what wouldn’t be an unusual sight here in the U.S. — an FFA jacket. What made this jacket even more fascinating was where it was from. The back of the jacket had the great state of Ohio embroidered on it and below the FFA logo was the same exact school where my Facebook friend had graduated, as well as my Mom and Dad — Northridge High School in Licking County.Once this discovery was made, the gentleman was asked to stop and take a picture or two. Then, what everybody wanted to know was whose name was embroidered on the front of the jacket: John BevanTurns out Mr. Bevan graduated in 1977 (one year after my Dad and one year before my Mom) from Northridge High School. The guy in the picture, according to classmates on Facebook, was certainly not him. So, how in the world did his FFA jacket get halfway around the globe?“I held onto that jacket for almost 40 years and just last year I was in the process of moving,” Bevan said. “It wouldn’t fit me anymore so I asked my kids if they would like it and they said no, so it got packed up.”Eventually the bag that the jacket was stored in made its way to a Goodwill store in Texas, where Bevan now resides.“When I first saw it on Facebook with a guy in Italy wearing it I thought ‘Wow! How did it get there?’” Bevan said. “It was amazing.”Bevan grew up on a small farm in Croton, Ohio and worked for several area farmers throughout his youth.From the 1977 Northridge High School yearbook. John Bevan, sporting his FFA jacket, is top left.“Having that jacket and being in the FFA meant a lot to me,” Bevan said. “Being around the farm and being a part of the FFA gave me so many experiences that most people will never get and that I will never forget.”Bevan said even though it has only been a little over a year since he let his FFA jacket go, he wishes after seeing it on a stranger a half a world away that he could have it back.“There is no doubt that guy in Florence, Italy is looking better in that jacket than I would,” Bevan said. “When I could fit in that jacket, I had a beard very similar to that one and when I saw the pictures for the first time I thought it could be a younger version of me. It was very surreal. I wish I hadn’t let it go.”last_img read more

10 Twitter Lists You Should Follow

first_imgTags:#social networks#web Those are some of our favorite lists. Have you spotted (or built) any red-hot lists we should be sure to know about as well? Let us know in comments. Listorious is a directory of lists, but isn’t it more fun to see lists of lists from people you know and trust? Both have their place – hopefully this is just the beginning of a new period of Twitter fun. Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Twitter Lists have rolled out to a majority of users on the site now and the uptake has been remarkable. Things will get truly interesting when lists can by turned into columns in 3rd party clients like Tweetdeck and Seesmic (one small client says it’s shipped list support already and Tweetdeck says it’s coming soon), when you can share items with particular lists exclusively (like you can on Facebook) and when you can search inside particular lists. Anyone who’s worked with OPML files before is likely to find Twitter lists frustrating so far.Let’s operate under the assumption that Twitter’s own implementation of lists will be overshadowed by more useful implementations of the lists API. In order to help you get ready for that future, here are ten lists we think particularly worth following.Twitter Lists are exciting because curation of dynamic sources is exciting. This is a particularly accessible way to do what syndication geeks have been thrilled by for years.Here are some of our favorite curated lists we’ve found so far. We offer some description of these lists based on what we know about their creators and the short titles the lists have been given. The fact that Twitter doesn’t offer a field to describe lists makes me wonder who they talked to when building the feature. (Turns out this is coming next week.) A lot of things make me wonder that, in fact. We’ve said before that groups are the secret weapon of the social web and we’re excited to see this feature go live. Hopefully it will become more awesome with time.Here are 10 cool lists we suggest you follow. We found most of these lists by thinking of awesome people on Twitter, then seeing what lists they are on. Patrick LaForge’s “Linkers” LaForge is an Editor at the New York Times and finds great links to share all the time. These are some of the people he finds them from. Josh Elman’s Awesome SocialJosh Elman recently jumped ship from working at Facebook to working at Twitter. Silicon Valley super-geeks took notice, because Elman is a smart and connected guy. Here’s a nice big list of people he created that you should know if you’re interested in the social web.Robert Scoble’s FoundersYou want to see curation taken seriously? Watch Robert Scoble, any day of the week. Scoble has built out more great lists than you can shake a stick at and this one is a favorite of ours. It’s a list of company founders on Twitter. Strange beasts, these are, but good to pay attention to.Rebecca Leaman’s Nonprofit GeeksRebecca Leaman works at WildApricot and she’s created a great list of geeks focused on social good, nonprofit tech folks. These people should be on your radar.Chris Grayson’s Augmented Reality PeepsWe like Augmented Reality and so does Chris Grayson, a New York City mobile marketing consultant. He’s put together a nice long list of people working in AR. If you get to know these people now, you’ll probably be glad you did later.Mike Taylor’s XMPP ListMike Taylor, also known as Bear, does XMPP work at Seesmic. His XMPP list is a nice collection of real-time web developers, without bandwagon-jumping marketing types. Looking for early hints about where the real-time web is going? This list is one place we’re watching.Raven Zachary’s iPhone ListRaven Zachary is the founder of Small Society, an absurdly hot iPhone dev shop in Portland, Oregon. Raven is curating a giant list of all the people working on the iPhone that he can find. We’d love to see his list of just must-read iPhone folks, but this list is pretty cool too.Christina Braden’s Disability ListChristina Braden goes by the handle @advocate4all and her bio reads: “There will never be justice in the world until those who are not harmed are as indignant as those who are.” Hell, yeah. If you want to read biting, insightful critiques of social injustices, a list of disability rights activists is a great place to find them.Ben Turner’s Anthropology ListBen Turner is a renaissance man with a pretentious Twitter handle (@xeus) but his Anthropology list is an awesome collection of people studying digital culture.The ReadWriteWeb Team ListCharming, intelligent, attractive and humble – the ReadWriteWeb team is a great source of news and analysis about bleeding edge trends and developments online. We’d love it if you’d follow us on Twitter and engage with us in conversation. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit marshall kirkpatrick The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

Job-Site Recycling: PVC

first_imgRecycling in the fieldMore challenging than gathering post-industrial scrap is collecting and processing post-consumer vinyl — the pipe, siding, floor tile, and other materials that have seen the end of their service life, as well as the cut-offs and other scraps generated during construction.Overall, the VI says between 2 billion and 2.5 billion pounds of end-of-life vinyl products are landfilled annually (the EPA’s estimate is slightly higher).While PVC is theoretically pretty simple to recycle, there can be several practical difficulties.One is the additives that are blended with PVC when building products are originally made. Those may include colorants, plasticizers, and heat and UV stabilizers, which are used to make the resin suitable for specific uses. Manufacturers use exact formulations to give PVC certain properties; a good mix for vinyl siding isn’t necessarily the best for vinyl flooring tiles or vinyl window frames. The blend is easy to control when the manufacturer uses virgin materials, but more complicated when the recycled waste stream includes a number of different kinds of PVC products, each made a little differently.Manufacturers have to take the particular chemistry of recycled PVC and weigh it against the requirements for new products. “I wouldn’t say it’s problematic,” Mulvaney says. “I’d say it’s a consideration that has to be taken into account when you’re formulating the new product.”Although it seems counterintuitive in light of how much PVC is produced, inadequate supply is another potential problem for manufacturers who want to use recycled resin.In order to make post-consumer recycling successful, manufacturers need a steady, reliable source of material, and both Mulvaney and Yoder say the material’s durability is one reason the rate of post-consumer recycling has been low.“First of all,” says Mulvaney, “the durable nature of PVC products affects the supply of post-consumer PVC material. PVC pipe goes into the ground conceivably for 100 years. When you side your house, most manufacturers warranty their product for 25 years and up, so the material stays in use for a much longer period than other materials. The post-consumer side of things is, in fact, generally pretty low because of that.”And this from Yoder: “Recycling vinyl siding from homes and commercial establishments has been difficult because of the challenge of obtaining large, consistent supplies of this material … As with any recycled product, recycling only succeeds when there is enough scrap to economically recycle.”Finally, there is the problem of contamination. PVC building products collected in demolition and remodels may contain nails, flashing, wood, and other debris that must be removed before the resin can be reused.The Healthy Building Network, an organization that promotes the use of non-toxic, non-polluting materials, says on its website, “Large-scale post-consumer recycling [is] nearly impossible for most products and interfere[s] with the recycling of other plastics.”“The Association of Post Consumer Plastic Recyclers declared efforts to recycle PVC a failure and labeled it a contaminant in 1998,” the website states.When I called the Association, however, a spokesman said he had never heard of the report, and calls to the Healthy Building Network went unanswered. So the source and context of the claim is unknown. Few building materials have caused more of a ruckus than polyvinyl chloride.PVC is a light, durable and versatile plastic. Formed into a variety of building materials, it requires virtually no maintenance, and it never needs painting. These attributes make it seemingly ideal for door and window frames, pipe, floor tile, wall coverings, siding, and many other products.Its positive attributes aside, a number of health and environmental activists wish it had never been invented. Some are pressing for a total ban on production and the substitution of other building products for those now commonly made from PVC.Whatever side of the divide you land on, there’s no debating the fact that manufacturers turn out a great deal of PVC. More than 19 billion pounds are produced each year in North America, 76% of which goes into construction materials. Siding and soffits alone added up to nearly 2 billion sq. ft. in 2010.Because PVC is a thermoplastic, it can be melted down and reused. The Vinyl Institute, an industry trade group, says more than 1 billion pounds of vinyl were recovered and recycled in North America in 1997. RELATED ARTICLES Looking to EuropeIf post-consumer recycling is still in its infancy in the U.S., Europe seems to have jumped on the problem, first with the industry’s Vinyl 2010 project and now with its successor, VinylPlus.Vinyl 2010 was a 10-year voluntary program that sought to create an infrastructure capable of collecting and recycling more than 250,000 tons of post-consumer PVC a year. Other goals included the “responsible use” of PVC additives, a phase-out of lead-based stabilizers, and development of recycling technologies, such as Vinyloop, that produced high-quality recycled resin.VinylPlus has a number of objectives. Among them: to recycle 800,000 tons of PVC per year by 2020; develop new technologies to handle PVC products that are inherently difficult to recycle; replace lead-based additives in all 27 EU countries by the end of 2015; and to reduce energy consumption by resin producers by 20%. Recycling in the factory“Today’s vinyl production is essentially closed, automated and high tech, and nearly all waste is recycled back into the system,” The Vinyl Institute says.The Vinyl Siding Institute tells a similar story. “Vinyl siding is manufactured using an extremely efficient process with virtually no waste,” says Kelley Yoder, director of communications for the marketing and public relations firm representing the industry.“The trimmings, shavings, color changes, and rejected parts that result during the manufacturing process are simply ground up and used again to make new siding,” Yoder says. “This contributes to the resource efficiency of manufacturing this product.”“The chemistry of the material lends itself very favorably to [post-industrial] recycling,” Kevin Mulvaney, vice president of marketing and communications for The Vinyl Institute, said in an interview. “And yes, the post-industrial piece of our recycling equation is in fact very strong.”The Vinyl Institute estimates that as little as 1% of post-industrial scrap ends up in landfills. Finding a recycler near youThe U.S. vinyl and recycling industries don’t have anything this ambitious.Neither the Construction Materials Recycling Association nor the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers has any programs specifically aimed at reusing PVC.However, The Vinyl Institute does provide two sources of information. Its Vinyl Recycling Directory is a searchable data base of companies that accept vinyl for processing. Plug in your state and the type of plastic you want to unload, and the database produces the names of companies that meet the criteria.In addition, there’s a directory of manufacturers that use recycled vinyl to make new products.In the meantime, waste continues to accumulate. If the industry is producing 14 billion pounds of PVC construction materials per year, and recycling and reusing 1 billion pounds, more than 13 billion pounds of PVC construction materials enter the marketplace annually. At some point, these goods will wear out or wind up as demolition debris.Greenpeace, a strident PVC critic, estimates the accumulation of “long-life” PVC goods at roughly 75 million tons in the U.S. and more than 250 million tons worldwide. All of these goods, the environmental group says, will enter society as waste over the next three to four decades. Recycling can workIn a blog earlier this year, GBA technical director Peter Yost wrote about his experience with a vinyl siding recycling project in Michigan in the late 1990s. Installers returned cut-offs to the retailer where they purchased the material. When a 20-ton load had been collected and baled, a plastics broker sold it.Yost said in his blog that Eikenhout Inc., the distributor taking part in the 1998 program, was still accepting siding cut-offs. In fact, Eikenhout is one of several firms mentioned by the Vinyl Siding Institute as PVC recyclers that accept both cut-offs and old vinyl siding from remodeling projects. Manufacturers have partnered with a number of recyclers to use post-consumer PVC products to make new building materials, the VSI says.Among them is CertainTeed, which announced in January 2010 that its CedarBoards vinyl clapboard siding contained 60% recycled material. That included scraps from job sites, vinyl siding distributors, and other post-consumer sources. Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Co. now makes a co-extruded pipe called RePVC whose center layer is 100% recycled material. Virgin PVC is used for inner and outer layers.The industry does not have precise estimates of how widespread the practice is, but it can point to a number of specific initiatives. Some of them date back to the early 1990s. They include:The conversion of 19 million pounds a year of post-consumer vinyl composition tile into new tile at a Mannington facility in New Jersey. The new, premium-grade tile contains 25% recycled content.A recycling effort in Massachusetts that diverted 4 million pounds of vinyl roofing membrane from state landfills.A program by LSI Wallcovering in Louisville, Kentucky, that became the first in North America to collect old wall coverings and recycle them into new product, what the Vinyl Institute calls closing “the recycling loop.”The development of Eco-Grip non-slip vinyl flooring by Allied Companies of Jonesville, S.C., that incorporates recycled, flexible PVC.At least part of the incentive comes from green rating systems, such as LEED for Homes or the National Green Building Standard, which award points for materials containing recycled content.“There’s a great deal of incentive if you look at the green building movement for recycled content being part of a multi-attribute approach to how you look at material selection,” Mulvaney says. “The marketplace has of course created demand, and we see that on the rise.” GBA Encyclopedia: Job-Site RecyclingRecycling Vinyl SidingJob-Site Recycling: Asphalt Roofing ShinglesAsphalt Shingle Recycling LocatorJob-Site Recycling: Gypsum WallboardSaving Energy by RecyclingCarpet RecyclingVideo: Grinding Drywall and WoodVinyl Windows and Vinyl SidingMost of that was in the form of post-industrial scrap, material that never made it into finished goods.Post-consumer PVC is another story. According to the Vinyl Institute, between 50 million and 100 million pounds of post-consumer PVC are recycled annually. Assuming those estimates are correct, post-consumer PVC represents 5% to 10% of the total amount the industry recycles and about one-third of 1% of the annual production of PVC building materials.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Shakib, Liton gun down 322 in record chase as Bangladesh crush West Indies

first_imgAll-rounder Shakib Al Hasan on Monday hit his ninth ODI hundred to lead Bangladesh to a 7-wicket win over West Indies in a thrilling game in Taunton and keep his team’s campaign alive in the World Cup 2019.Bangladesh rode on Shakib Al Hasan’s unbeaten 124 off 83 balls to pull off their joint-highest successful run chase in ODIs as they reached the target of 322 in 41.3 overs.They matched their own record of the second highest successful run chase in World Cup history. The Bangla Tigers had made 322 for 4 while chasing 319 against Scotland in Nelson in the 2015 World Cup. This was Bangladesh’s second win of the tournament and also Shakib’s second successive century in this edition.During the course of his innings, Shakib also completed 6000 runs in ODI cricket. He is only the second Bangladeshi cricketer to achieve the feat after Tamim Iqbal and only the fourth player overall to score over 6000 runs and take 250 wickets in the format after Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka), Jacques Kallis (South Africa) and Shahid Afridi (Pakistan). The No.1 all-rounder in the world though, is the fastest to achieve the double on this list. HIGHLIGHTSA boundary from Liton Das sealed a brilliant seven-wicket win for Bangladesh over West Indies!#RiseOfTheTigers#WIvBAN | #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/yp6K2Lvsr9ICC (@ICC) June 17, 2019The win also lifted Bangladesh to fifth on the points table with five points behind Australia, New Zealand, India and England. POINTS TALLYShakib was superbly assisted during the chase by Litton Das (94 not out) as the duo added 189 runs for the unbeaten fourth-wicket partnership to guide Bangladesh to victory. Tamim Iqbal also made a crucial contribution at the top, scoring 48 off 53 balls while fellow opener Soumya Sarkar made 29 off 23 balls.advertisementThe West Indies bowlers once again struggled to take wickets and keep the scoring rate under check on a good batting track in Taunton. Andre Russell and Oshane Thomas struck once each while the rest failed to fire which led to West Indies’ downfall.The Bangladesh fans react to Shakib reaching his second #CWC19 hundred!#CWC19 | #BANvWI pic.twitter.com/1o2pofYkZECricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 17, 2019This was West Indies’ third loss in five matches and it saw them drop down to seventh on the points table.Earlier, West Indies batsman Shai Hope hit a patient 96 while Evin Lewis and Shimron Hetmyer also made half-centuries to help the former champions post a competitive 321-8 from 50 overs after being put into bat.Hope struck only one six and four boundaries in his 121-ball knock while Lewis scored 70 before Hetmeyer smashed a 26-ball 50 and skipper Jason Holder added a quick-fire 33 to boost the West Indies total on a good pitch for batting.The dangerous Chris Gayle departed for a 13-ball duck after Bangladesh won the toss and asked the West Indies to bat first, but Hope and Lewis stitched together a 116-run partnership for the second wicket to lay the platform for a competitive total.Pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman was the pick of the Bangladesh bowlers as he claimed three wickets, including those of Hope and Hetmeyer, while Mohammad Saifuddin also finished with three to restrict the Caribbean side.last_img read more

a month agoAllegri will make huge demands if Man Utd approach

first_imgAllegri will make huge demands if Man Utd approachby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri is being linked with Manchester United.Tuttosport says United are keen to bring in Allegri should they relieve Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of his duties.But he would have some demands if he was to come to England.Allegri will want ‘massive interventions’ in the January window should he accept the job in the near future.United spent big in the summer, bringing in £150m worth of talent.But the former Premier League heavyweights only added three players with that money, in the form of Harry Maguire, Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.More is needed if United are to catch up with the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

70year old Catholic priest in Kerala accused of molesting minors

first_imgKochi: A 70-year old Catholic priest allegedly molested three minor girls when they visited him to seek blessings at his church office in Chendamangalam in Ernakulam district last month, the police said on Friday. The priest, George Padayatty, vicar of a Syrian Catholic Church in Chendamangalam, has been absconding after a case was registered against him in connection with the incident, police said. He has been charged under various sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act), an official at Vadakkekara Police Station told PTI. According to the police, the incident occurred a month ago when the nine-year old girls went to the priest’s office to seek his blessings after service in the Church. A source in the Syro-Malabar Church said the priest has been suspended by the Ernakulam-Angamaly Archdiocese. He has been directed to cooperate with the police investigation into the incident, sources said.last_img read more

ED starts PMLA probe against Lawyers Collective Anand Grover

first_imgNew Delhi: After the CBI booked Mumbai-based NGO, Lawyers Collective (LC) and its founding President, noted lawyer Anand Grover for alleged violations of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, and after the central probe agency raided the premises of former Additional Solicitor-General Indira Jaising in connection with the case, the ED has now initiated a separate money-laundering case against the NGO and Grover, on the basis of the CBI’s case. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh A senior official in the know said that the ED has registered an Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) – the agency’s equivalent of an FIR – to probe possible instances of money-laundering by LC and its office-bearers after taking cognisance of the FIR filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation earlier this year. However, when the CBI had filed the FIR, LC had maintained that their organisation was being targetted for the kinds of cases its office bearers choose to fight in court. A statement from the NGO read, “It (the FIR) has been filed to target the organisation and its office bearers to silence them for cases and issues they have taken up in the past and continue to take up since 2016.” Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad LC and its office bearers have represented activists in the Bhima Koregaon case and a former employee of the Supreme Court who had levelled sexual harassment allegations against the CJI. They have also taken up the Sohrabuddin case, where Home Minister Amit Shah was earlier an accused an later cleared of charges. Interestingly, office bearers of LC have also represented in the Supreme Court, former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar, who is currently being hunted by the CBI in connection with the Saradha chit fund case, even as he has filed an application for anticipatory bail in the Alipore Sessions court and the agency has been denied a non-bailable warrant. The CBI had registered the case against LC and Anand Grover based on a complaint from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), which had forwarded a report of an investigation into alleged FCRA violations by the NGO, including using foreign donations to fund advocacy with Members of Parliament and organise dharnas. The MHA complaint also alleges that LC had paid Rs 96.6 lakh to Indira Jaising, during her time as ASG, from funds received as foreign contributions. The MHA had in its letter to the CBI, said that the agency may if need be forward the case to the appropriate agencies to investigate other possible offenses in relation the case under statutes like the Prevention of Money Laundering Act or the Income Tax Act. But according to the NGO, Jaising was being paid remuneration before, during, and after her tenure as ASG, with all the requisite permission from the Law Ministry and the Law Minister at the time. After the Home Ministry’s investigation into Lawyers Collective, the government had cancelled LC’s registration to receive foreign funding in 2016, which was immediately challenged by the NGO in the Bombay High Court, where the matter is still pending. When the CBI had swooped down on Jaising’s Delhi home in coordinated raids with respect to the case a few months ago, the senior advocate had told reporters outside her residence, “I and Mr Grover are being targetted because of the human rights work that we have been doing.” After the CBI raids, the NGO had released a statement raising questions on the intentions of the CBI, as it had issued a statement on the search operation even before they were concluded. More than 50 opposition leaders in the RS had also signed a letter condemning the CBI action against Jaising, Grover and LC., with signatories like Kapil Sibal (INC), D Raja (CPI), P Chidambaram (INC), Sanjay Singh (AAP), and Jaya Bachchan (SP).last_img read more

No terrorist attack is more or less good or bad PM Modi

first_imgNew York: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that terrorist attacks anywhere in the world should be considered as an act of terrorism — “not more or less” or “good or bad”. During his address at the Leaders’ Dialogue on Strategic Responses to Terrorist and Violent Extremist Narratives, held on the sidelines of the 74th UN General Assembly session on Monday, Modi called for institutionalisation of counterterrorism cooperation at the multilateral level and asserted that India will work towards enhancing ongoing cooperation and capacity building of friendly countries in this area. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “The prime minister said that terrorists should not be allowed to get funds and arms, for this objective to be realised,” Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs A Gitesh Sarma told reporters here after the meeting. Modi also asserted the need to avoid politicisation of mechanisms like UN sanction listings and the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and said that these mechanisms need to be enforced. A terrorist attack anywhere in the world “should be considered terrorism — not good or bad terrorism. Not more or less”, the prime minister said. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen He said there should be a “qualitative upgradation” in the ongoing cooperation and intelligence sharing through bilateral and regional frameworks. Sharing India’s experience, Modi told the meeting that democratic values, diversity and inclusive development are the most important weapons against ideologies that promote terrorism, extremism and radicalism, Sarma said. Modi called for global solidarity and readiness against terrorism in the same way as the world has shown solidarity against challenges like climate change. The meeting also took stock of the Christchurch Call to Action to eliminate terrorists and violent extremist content online. India has supported the Christchurch Call to sanitize cyberspace from contents which promote and eulogise terrorism, hate and violence, Sarma said. India’s rising stature and strong democratic credentials increasingly resonate in multilateral fora and were very much exemplified by French President Emmanuel Macron’s opening statement where he expressed appreciation for India’s association to the Christchurch call, particularly as a democracy that represents over a billion people, he said. Macron said India’s support takes the entire initiative to new levels and gives it a greater sense of action towards dealing with, content and use of online techniques.last_img read more

Gandhian values relevant to address contemporary world issues like terrorism corruption Kovind

first_imgNew Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday said Gandhian values are relevant to address a range of contemporary issues the world is facing today such as terrorism, violence, corruption, discrimination and climate change. The global community will benefit from following the path shown by him, Kovind said as he inaugurated a seminar on ‘Spirituality for Human and Social Development’ organised by the Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti to mark 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Gandhi had understood very well that the emphasis on spiritual values is essential for the establishment of peace and non-violence in the world, the President said. He made it clear that the upliftment of human society is possible only on the foundation of truth, non-violence, peace and harmony, he added. “These thoughts of Gandhiji are relevant even today, and will remain relevant in future as well. “Gandhian values are relevant to address a range of contemporary issues our world is facing, such as terrorism, violence, corruption, immorality, discrimination based on religion, race, language and climate-change,” Kovind said. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen The President said the youth comprises 65 per cent of India’s population and connecting them to Gandhiji’s ideals will help create a better society. He also urged Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti to ensure the maximum participation of youth in their programmes. “On October 2, we will all celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi whose birthday has been recognised by the UN as the International Day of Non-Violence. “This means that Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violence is useful for the whole world. At the same time, it is also a testimony of deep respect for Gandhiji globally,” Kovind said. He added that he feels happy to see that people are conscious and active about the relevance of Gandhi’s ideals. “I believe that awareness and diligence towards those values will make our country and the world better,” the President said. At the core of all religions lies the spirit of welfare of the entire humanity, he said. “Gandhiji adopted this spiritual form of religion. The same feeling of welfare of the entire humanity is also contained in the message of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, which considers the whole world as one family, which is an integral part of Indian culture,” Kovind added.last_img read more