Ranchi: At least 15 security personnel were injured when Maoists detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) in Jharkhand on Tuesday, police said. The IED hit a vehicle of the security personnel while they were on patrol duty in the forest area of Rai Sindri hill in Seraikela district. After the blast, Maoist guerrillas started firing at the security forces. The injured personnel were airlifted to Ranchi for treatment. “The IED had been planted to influence the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections. The security personnel were returning after patrolling when the blast took place,” Jharkhand Director General of Police D.K. Pandey told the media
21 September 2011In the face of the world financial crisis, Argentina called from the podium of the United Nations today for true economic reform to regulate run-away speculation and other factors undermining market stability, global development and well-being. “Speculation apparently has no brakes and can move from one place to another and from one country or region to another, affecting currencies, economies and also the daily life of citizens, destroying jobs, depriving them of a worth education and of health care,” Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner told the General Assembly on the opening day of its annual general debate.“It is crucial that this be understood, because today it might be speculation on food, yesterday it was on oil, and tomorrow it could be on mints if that proves profitable and provides a better market position to those capital flows that are transferred from one end of the world to the other without any type of control or regulation,” she said.“Regrettably we continue in the same position because beyond what I would call totally cosmetic changes no serious steps have been taken towards the regulation that is required.”At the same time Ms. Kirchner called for fundamental Security Council reform, expanding its current 15-State membership, but not by increasing the number of permanent members. That category should be eliminated, she said, along with the right to veto now held by the five permanent members – the United Kingdom, China, France, Russia and the United States. The veto was necessary at the UN’s foundation during the Cold War when there was a bipolar world aligned either with the US or the former Soviet Union, but now it no longer defends security and stability and is used for those members’ national interests, she said. Referring to the dispute between Argentina and the United Kingdom concerning sovereignty over the Falkland Islands (Malvinas), she called on the UK to negotiate with Argentina, as demanded by UN resolutions, saying that fishing and offshore oil resources were being illegally appropriated. Returning to a theme that her country has raised every year since 2003, Ms. Kirchner called on Iran to hand over Iranians implicated by Argentine judicial authorities in the blowing up of the Israeli embassy and a Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires in 1992 and 1994 respectively.She noted that the Iranian foreign ministry in July voiced its intention to “cooperate and begin a constructive dialogue,” an offer she said Argentina would take up. But, she added, “although this may show a change of attitude on the part of the (Iranian) Government, it does not by itself constitute satisfaction of our demands which, as I have said with all clarity, are those of justice.” Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo Mendez echoed Ms. Kirchner’s calls for financial reforms and urged the UN to establish measures that allow States to implement policies enabling them to reduce inequalities in their own countries, as well between rich and poor countries.He stressed that inequality is growth-stifling and called on the Assembly to design and construct a new financial model that can adequately respond to cyclical economic crises.“Solidarity is not only a moral imperative, it is a necessary reality to achieve progress and to avoid and combat the dark consequences if we ignore it: violence and delinquency,” Mr. Lugo said, emphasizing that inequality would not be reduced without cooperation from all statesHe also voiced opposition to the United States’ 50-year economic embargo against Cuba.Mr. Lugo also had a meeting with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the margins of the Assembly’s debate during which the two men discussed the country’s progress towards the socio-economic and poverty reduction targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and regional efforts to address social inequality.Mr. Ban took note of Paraguay’s contribution to the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) and thanked the country for its leadership in the designation of 30 July as the World Day of Friendship. The Secretary-General expressed his hope that under Paraguay’s leadership of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), the region would continue to work closely with the UN.
Throughout his 40-year career, Loris Gasparotto has worked to help put Brock University on the map.A cartographer in the Department of Geography and Tourism Studies, he was often relied upon to create maps of the ever-evolving campus, among his many other projects.At the end of 2017, three months after marking four decades with the University, Gasparotto entered the next chapter of his life: retirement.To recognize his contributions to Brock, the Department is hosting an open house in his honour on Friday, Jan. 19.Reflecting on his career, Gasparotto said a lot has changed on campus since he first began in his role in September 1977. “The biggest difference between now and when I started is the size of the University,” he said. At that time, Brock had about 3,000 students — a size similar to Gasparotto’s Toronto high school.Upon his retirement in December 2017, Loris Gasparotto, right, handed over his keys to the Department of Geography and Tourism Studies to colleague Dimitre Iankoulov.When he retired, the student population was approaching 19,000.Gasparotto helped document the growth of campus through the creation of a timeline using aerial photography, which can still be viewed on the walls of the Department of Geography and Tourism Studies in Mackenzie Chown’s C-Block.The University wasn’t alone in its evolution over the years; Gasparotto’s role as cartographer also changed a great deal over time.When he began his career, his tools included pens and ink for manual drafting, which was done in an office with a drafting table, a light table and map cabinets for storage.By the late 1980s, however, manual work began to go digital.Gasparotto recalls the initial challenges of new software and small computer screens. He pushed through the transition and ultimately found that technology made it easier to edit and make changes to his maps.No matter the method, he always found a way to support faculty in his department, creating maps and images for teaching, research and publications. He also sometimes did work for faculty members outside the department and for administrative units, producing official and unofficial campus maps.His talents were recognized in 1988, when the maps produced by Gasparotto, Professor Alun Hughes and Peter Brown, then the cartographer in Earth Sciences, for Great Lakes: An Environmental Atlas and Resource Book won an award for excellence in cartography and design from the British Cartographic Society.Then, in 2003, Gasparotto received a Brock Distinguished Service Award — an honour he considers a career highlight.“It was the the cherry on top of the cake,” he said.A photo from the occasion of Mackenzie Chown architect Raymond Moriyama, Gasparotto and former Brock University President David Atkinson hung in his office until he packed it up in December.“Loris was a very important part of our team over his 40 years at Brock,” said Chris Fullerton, Chair of the Department of Geography and Tourism Studies. “I don’t think a single one of our faculty members, myself included, doesn’t have something — from a handful to a full portfolio of maps and other illustrative work — created by Loris for inclusion in our journal articles, books and book chapters, government reports and other publications.“Loris showed impeccable attention to detail in his work, and the results were consistently wonderful.”Gasparotto’s favourite part of the job was the people. He speaks proudly of his staff and faculty colleagues, from whom he learned a great deal.“It was a great environment,” Gasparotto said. “How can you beat having information given to you, one on one? It’s amazing, the knowledge they have and share. It gives you a different perspective on things.”Beyond his cartographical skills, Gasparotto was also a “key part of our staff in a number of other ways,” Fullerton said. “His dedication to our department’s success was incredible. It’s going to take some getting used to, not having him around.”Gasparotto is looking forward to spending more time with his wife, children and grandchildren — though he may still stop by campus for a game of euchre at lunch from time to time.What: Open house retirement party for Loris GasparottoWhen: Friday, Jan. 19 from 2 to 5 p.m. (remarks at 3 p.m.)Where: Mackenzie Chown C-Block, Room 405All are welcome to attend the celebration.