India, Pakistan Holding Peace Summit In New York

My New York Days

I was 17 years old, on my year out before starting at Oxford University. It was the end of 1995, Bill Clinton was in the White House and Mayor Giuliani ruled New York City. My plan was to spend a few weeks in NYC visiting my big sister Katie, before travelling around Europe. Do you remember the blizzards of winter 95-96? I landed at JFK in the snowstorms, and my sister whisked me off on an epic round of New Year parties. Despite the alcohol and the jet-lag, I have crystal-clear memories of that first night in Manhattan. I remember a lively meal at a Chinese restaurant on Broadway; I remember various cab rides, criss-crossing from the Upper East Side to the Upper West Side; I remember the taste of Jaegermeister (never again); I remember a rooftop party at midnight on Riverside, looking out over the Hudson River, and fireworks amid the falling snowflakes. There is a line in Heartburn by Nora Ephron that captures New York for me: she describes how the people are always rushing around looking for action, love, and the worlds greatest chocolate chip cookie. I had planned to stay with my sister a fortnight, and ended up staying a year. I got a job in a French advertising agency, and eventually my own tiny shoe-box apartment on the Upper East Side. I began to learn the layout of the city: how some of the buses go up and down avenues, while others go side to side across the streets. (Its a good system: British bus-routes are fairly random.) I got to grips with the subway system, I joined the locals running around the reservoir in Central Park.

But he also presided over one of the more upbeat episodes in recent relations with India. He hosted then-Prime Minister Atal Vajpayee for a summit in Lahore in February 1999, where they signed a landmark declaration on avoiding nuclear conflict and opened a cross-border bus service. Three months later, the impetus for peace was crushed when a Pakistani military quietly infiltrated into an area of Indian-held Kashmir called Kargil, sparking fighting that left hundreds dead on both sides and could have sparked nuclear war. Sharif, who said the army acted without his knowledge, was ousted in a coup five months later. Back in office again, Sharif is particularly keen to increase cross-border trade to jump-start Pakistan’s stricken economy. “Pakistan and India can prosper together, and the entire region would benefit from our cooperation,” Sharif told the General Assembly on Friday. But Singh has said relations can only improve once Pakistan cracks down on militants accused on staging attacks in India a perennial concern that has only intensified since the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 164 people in India’s commercial hub. On Friday, Singh said, “the epicenter of terror still remains focused in Pakistan.” A renewed spate of violence along the disputed Kashmir frontier this year has threatened a decade-long cease-fire. On Thursday, suspected separatist rebels killed 10 Indian security forces in the Indian-held portion of the Himalayan region an attack that the top elected official there said was aimed at derailing the meeting of Sharif and Singh in New York. Yet with time running out on his nearly decade-long premiership, Singh will be thinking about his legacy. He was born in the northern Punjab village of Gah in what later became Pakistan, and within a year of taking office invited then-Pakistani leader Pervez Musharraf to a cricket match in India. The two made heartening progress in talks and even pronounced in 2005 that the peace process between India and Pakistan was “irreversible.” Subsequent events, particularly the Mumbai attacks, changed the tone. Formidable obstacles remain toward achieving a lasting peace.

New York City Marathon bans hydration backpacks, strollers in security measures prompted by Boston Marathon bombings

Strollers, vests with pockets and certain costumes are also forbidden. By Nicole Lyn Pesce AND Thomas Tracy / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Sunday, September 29, 2013, 2:46 AM Comment CamelBaks, hydration backpacks like the one a runner is wearing here, won’t be allowed at this year’s New York City Marathon. The security measures are a setback for runners that have been training for the Nov. 3 event with the backpacks. Related Stories New York Post sued for labeling two young men as Boston Marathon bombers This year’s New York City Marathon is going to be a drier run. Security prompted by the lethal Boston Marathon bombings led race officials to ban CamelBaks hydration backpacks filled with water or containers bigger than 1 liter. Some of the 48,000 runners expected after Hurricane Sandy washed out last years race were hardly in step with the crackdown. RELATED: HALF-MARATHONER ACCIDENTALLY WINS WHOLE MARATHON IN ONTARIO, CANADA Ive been training with my CamelBak all this time! runner Tami Mask wrote on Facebook in response to a rules notice posted Friday on the New York Road Runners Club page. Im screwed! Other banned items for the Nov. 3 event include strollers, vests with pockets and costumes covering the face or any nonformfitting, bulky outfits extending beyond the perimeter of the body. The changes were instituted immediately after the April terrorist attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260 near the Boston finish line. RELATED: CELEBS JOIN PAMELA ANDERSON IN RUNNING NYC MARATHON Strollers and costumes ‘covering the face,’ like the one seen here, are also banned from the New York City Marathon.