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December 3, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday welcomed the Andhra Pradesh government’s decision to withdraw ‘general consent’ to the CBI for carrying out raids and investigations in the State. “[Chief Minister] Chandrababu Naidu has rightly barred the entry of CBI in his State… Previously there was no such need but times have changed because instructions are being sent to the CBI from the BJP party office. There are such provisions, we have read the Constitution as well,” Ms. Banerjee said at a core committee meeting of her party in Kolkata.last_img read more

November 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgLOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera The club launched a campaign, Equality FC, with a video stating, “How do you tell your daughter that even if she shows the same skills, the same commitment, trains just as hard and cares just as much, she’s always going to be valued less than her little brother?”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAccording to The Guardian, the club’s director Jacquie Agnew said, “By committing to paying our women’s and men’s teams equally, and providing equal resource for coaching, training and facilities, we hope to spark a change across the U.K. that will help put an end to the excuses for why such a deep pay disparity has persisted in our sport.”“Together with our owners, donors and sponsors, Lewes FC can show that equal pay can be implemented to the benefit of both women and men in sport and beyond,” she said in the report. PH women’s football team qualifies for Asian CupIncome inequality between Filipino women and men remains—WB studySports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Image: Facebook/@LewesFCLewes FC, a semi-professional football club based in England, announced that it would pay both its men’s and women’s teams equally.The East Sussex club hopes to bridge the disparity that women face in sports by providing the same budget, equipment and facilities to both sides.ADVERTISEMENT Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend MOST READ Women’s first-team manager John Donoghue said, “This sends a powerful signal to not only our players and our club, but to the whole U.K. football community that women’s football deserves an equal voice and support to men’s.”Lewes FC’s women’s team plays in the third level of the Football Association, the Premier League Southern Division.In the men’s English football league, the men’s team plays in the eighth level, the Isthmian League Division One South. Niña V. Guno/JBRELATED STORIES:Women accuse US soccer federation of wage discriminationADVERTISEMENT View commentscenter_img #KicksStalker: Lonzo Ball swaps his ZO2s for a pair of Kobes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Konglast_img read more

November 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgPredicting winners at a Grand Slam is an easy job. It is almost like the jobs of psephologists who for hours rattles about all kinds of poll data and then gives hints. In the end, what the outcome is could be just the other way. If you want to do anything like that for the men’s singles final between Rafael Nadal and new World No.1 Novad Djokovic at Wimbledon on Sunday, it’s not tough. The tennis fraternity is basically divided between the Roger Federer fans and the Nadal fans. And now that Djokovic has dramatically changed the equations in 2011 with his ability to beat any player, it would be tempting to think he can pull of this one as well against Nadal. On Saturday, at a mandatory press conference, Djokovic was a bit puzzled why he had to be answering questions. “It feels strange to do a press conference before the match, it’s usually after the match. But you know, I’m excited it’s another day to come before the match,” said Djokovic. Unlike Maria Sharapova, who said she was going to sleep a day before the final, Djokovic detailed his plans well – get in practice and then relax. Head to head: Rafael Nadal and Novak DjokovicIt is these qualities, getting in practice and staying cool, which will help Djokovic as he takes on Nadal on Centre Court. Rafa, as he is popularly known, has a larger than life image in this part of the world. And he has been talking about how big it is to be at Wimbledon.That’s something Djokovic can’t say, as this is his maiden Wimbledon final, after he defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a big match on Friday. “I’m ready for the long rallies against Nadal. This is going to be best of five and I do feel motivated,” said Djokovic and added that Nadal was “physically stronger.” If you had heard the last two Nadal press conferences, he would have fooled you into thinking his foot injury is so serious, yet local anesthetics work on it. Even against Andy Murray in the semifinal, at one point Nadal had a bad fall. But he was back on his feet so quickly. If people think Nadal will have problems in court coverage in the final, they are fooling themselves. Yes, one interesting bit of statistics is how Djokovic has beaten Nadal four times already this year. But that doesn’t mean going into his maiden Wimbledon final, Djokovic can be relaxed. “The last couple of years, I have been losing to Federer and Nadal at the top level. Now I feel I can win the matches against those big guys. I have matured as a player and I feel that on court,” says Djokovic.So where does that leave Nadal? “We must congratulate Djokovic for his No.1 ranking because what he did in the first part of the season was really fantastic. He was really unbelievable,” said Nadal. Reminded about his flawless tennis against Murray in the semi-final, Nadal summed it up in one sentence: “I probably played my best match this year here.” As one who signs paeans about the importance of Wimbledon, Nadal really loves this place. He was quick to remind the media how in the past Spaniards never cared about Wimbledon. “I never thought I gonna play five finals. This is fantastic news for me and my country,” says the defending champion. Nadal then talked about match strategy. “I have to play with intensity on Sunday and I have to be aggressive. That’s what I am gonna try,” he said. Was grass not a better surface for him than Djokovic? “No, I don’t have an advantage here more than clay. I am a better player on clay than grass,” he said. And then Nadal was asked, if he was not better than Djokovic on grass? “You know what? Playing two semi-finals and now the final, probably he’s not a bad player on grass, too. That’s my feeling,” added Nadal. Just as TV viewers get confused by what psephologists say, Nadal and Djokovic have left us guessing. But one thing is for sure, this has to be a head-banger’s ball!advertisementlast_img read more

November 22, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgUEFA elects a new president on Wednesday whose main task will be to stop what European officials say is an inexorable slide towards a breakaway soccer Super League open only to wealthy clubs such as Real Madrid and Manchester City.Aleksander Ceferin, a lawyer from Slovenia, and Dutchman Michael van Praag, an experienced football administrator, are the only candidates for a job which will essentially involve keeping European football intact in its current form.The election, which will be held in Athens, has been called after former president Michel Platini was banned last October as FIFA’s ethics committee investigated allegations of unethical conduct.Platini, banned for four years, finally resigned in May after exhausting the appeal process and the power vacuum allowed the big clubs to negotiate changes to the flagship Champions League in their favour.Those were finalised last month when UEFA opened up more places to teams from Europe’s biggest four leagues – effectively Spain, England, Germany and Italy – in the competition’s lucrative group stage and cut those allocated to the rest.Faced with the possibility of the big clubs forming their own Super League, UEFA said it had managed to “keep it in the family” but the move infuriated many clubs and leagues from outside the main countries.MAINTAIN BALANCEBoth candidates criticised the way in which the Champions League changes were made.However, as so often happens in the secretive world of soccer politics where officials like to keep their options close to their chests, they were cagey on whether they would try to reverse the changes if elected.advertisement”There needs to be a far stronger balance between sporting merit and commercial pressures, otherwise we risk an inexorable slide towards an NFL-style closed-shop system,” said Neil Doncaster, CEO of the Scottish league.”UEFA has a duty to act on behalf of the entire game, not just a few, select clubs and leagues and it must take that duty far more seriously if it is not to risk presiding over a harmful fragmentation of the game.”Dutch league director Jacco Swart even predicted a worldwide league in the next few years, driven by “TV markets, huge sponsors, branding and marketing”.The gap between the richest clubs and the rest has continued to grow over the last few years, fuelled by a revenue distribution system which dishes out larger sums to the bigger clubs and creates a snowball effect.During the last European transfer window, Manchester United spent more on midfielder Paul Pogba – 100 million euros – than the combined transfer expenditure of Portugal’s 16 first division clubs.SMALL CLUBS AFFECTED BADLYBoth candidates in the election, hailing from smaller nations, have experienced the differences first hand.Ceferin’s homeland has been represented in the Champions League group stage only twice since 1992 – both times by Maribor. The 48-year-old appears to be the favourite, although he is little known outside Slovenia.Van Praag, now head of the Dutch FA, is a former chairman of Dutch club Ajax which used to be a major European power but can no longer compete with the financial might of clubs from bigger leagues.Like other once mighty clubs such as Benfica, Ajax has effectively become a feeder club for the big leagues, supplying young talents such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Luis Suarez, who both played there earlier in their careers.Insiders say that the new incumbent, who will be in the post until 2019, will need the courage to stand up to the big clubs if he wants to keep the traditional pyramid system, where teams can rise and fall according to their sporting results.Lars-Christer Olsson, head of the umbrella group representing 24 European leagues, said that ultimately sponsors were likely to shy away from a sport which was splintered.”The last thing they want is a split in the market,” he told Reuters. “I think UEFA was afraid for no real reason.”last_img read more

November 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgMesut Ozil’s first half volley guided Arsenal to a 1-0 win over Newcastle United at home in the Premier League on Saturday.With the win, Arsenal entered the top four of the league table while things got worse for Newcastle.Germany midfielder Ozil unleashed an unstoppable shot past visiting goalkeeper Rob Elliot in the 23rd minute as Arsenal celebrated their 10th successive top-flight win over Newcastle, who have now taken one point from their last nine league games.The dominant home side missed several chances in either half while the visitors came close against the run of play in the 56th minute, when Arsenal keeper Petr Cech parried a fierce low shot by Spanish striker Joselu.Talented left back Ainsley Maitland-Niles produced another fine performance for Arsenal and nearly scored after a darting solo run, with Alexis Sanchez and Jack Wilshere also coming close as the Gunners kept their rivals on the back foot.HUDDERSFIELD TOWN NOTCH UP FIRST AWAY WIN AT WATFORDElias Kachunga got a controversial early goal and Aaron Mooy scored twice as Huddersfield Town beat Watford 4-1 in the Premier League on Saturday to record their first away win since the opening day of the season.Kachunga, who was carried off on a stretcher with a knee injury minutes after his goal, appeared to be offside when he prodded home from close range following a Huddersfield corner in the sixth minute but the flag stayed down despite Watford’s protests.Photo Credit: Reuters Australian Mooy added a second goal midway through the first half before Watford captain Troy Deeney all but ended his team’s hopes of a comeback when he was shown a straight red card for a challenge from behind on Collin Quaner.advertisementLaurent Depoitre put the visitors 3-0 up with a well-taken goal soon after the interval before Huddersfield lost their skipper Jonathan Hogg to a second yellow card that briefly evened up the contest.Abdoulaye Doucoure pulled one back for Watford with a sweetly struck half-volley through a crowd of bodies as the home team cranked up the pressure but the midfielder gave away a penalty in the dying minutes and Mooy converted for his second goal.GLENN MURRAY MISSES PENALTY, BRIGHTON DRAW WITH BURNLEYBrighton and Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray missed a first-half penalty as his side drew 0-0 at home to Burnley on Saturday to extend their run of Premier League games without a victory to seven.The Seagulls, who have not won in the league since beating Swansea City 1-0 away on Nov. 4 and who have only scored one goal in their last six games, began slowly but went on to dominate the first half.Anthony Knockaert hit the post midway through the first half, and striker Murray should have given the home side the lead when he was awarded a penalty after tangling with James Tarkowski, but he smashed the spot kick over.Burnley improved considerably in the second half, forcing Brighton keeper Mathew Ryan to make a number of smart saves, but despite a late assault from the home side neither team could break the deadlock and the game finished scoreless.(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

November 17, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgBelgian striker Romelu Lukaku scored twice on Friday to match the great Diego Maradona.The Manchester United striker scored a brace as Belgium thumped Tunisia 5-2 in their Group G encounter to qualify for the knockouts. Lukaku, who also scored two goals in the Belgium’s opening match against Panama, became the first player to score two goals in consecutive World Cup matches since Maradona did it in 1986.The first Lukaku goal came in the 16th minute. The 25-year-old latched onto a pass from Dries Mertens to slot it past the Tunisian goalkeeper to double Belgium’s lead after Eden Hazard opened the scoring.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEHe struck again in the stoppage time of first half after he beat the Tunisian defence and then chipped the Thomas Meunier pass over the goalie.In the 1986 World Cup, Maradona scored two goals including the “Hand of God goal” as Argentina defeated England 2-1 in the quarter-finals. In the semis, the maestro scored another two goals as they defeated Belgium 2-0.Lukaku now has four goals in the ongoing World Cup and is now tied with Cristiano Ronaldo as the highest goal scorer, so far. It’s also the most any Belgian player has managed in a single tournament.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEThe former Chelsea striker has now scored seven goals for his country in World Cups and European Championships, more than any other player in their history. He scored a solitary goal in 2014 World Cup and two more in the 2016 Euros.advertisementThe record was earlier held by Jan Ceulemans, who scored six goals in World Cups and European Championships for Belgium.Hazad and Lukaku, who both scored two goals each, became the first pair to do so since Toni Kroos and Andre Schurrle did the same for Germany against Brazil in 2014.last_img read more

October 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgReal Madrid coach Solari on early Bale exit: We’ll talkby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari says they’ll be speaking with Gareth Bale after he left the defeat to Real Sociedad before the final whistle.Bale, who was watching from the stands as he is currently injured, departed in the 78th minute.Solari was asked on Tuesday for his thoughts on the fact that the Welshman didn’t stay to support his teammates and revealed that the situation would be discussed internally.”These are things that are solved privately,” he told reporters. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

October 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgNew Delhi: Chinese technology company Lenovo is confident of logging 40 per cent growth in the Android tablet market in India this year amid high demand from ed-tech players like BYJU’S and Vedantu, a company official said on Thursday. Lenovo, that launched Tab V7 at a starting price of Rs 12,990 for the 3GB RAM+32GB ROM variant, currently has a market share of 37 per cent in the tablet category. “We are happy with the growth but we are not satisfied. We will look to keep gaining more market share in the country. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “The commercial tab market will catch up fast. The educational players led by BYJU’S, Vedantu, Topper, etc are really changing the world of supplementary education and a lot of start-ups are also interested in tablets,” Rahul Agarwal, CEO and MD Lenovo, India, told IANS. According to the company, high demand comes from the state governments followed by the educational sector. Lenovo is also witnessing more demand from startups like food delivery app Uber Eats and OYO Rooms. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India “The Gujarat government is our biggest customer who provides tablest to students at very nominal price. Some other state goverments buy laptops under similar programmes,” noted Agarwal. The company has recently bid for supplying tablets to various state governments. The newly-launched Tab V7’s 4GB RAM+64GB storage variant will cost Rs 14,990. According to Lenovo, this is their first tab to feature Iris recognition technology that can provide cashless and paperless services in applications such as banking and e-Governance services. The tablet comes with IPS Full HD 1080×2160 display and a 81 per cent screen-to-body ratio. It sports two front-facing Dolby Audio speakers and two popular secure ways to login, a fingerprint lock on the rear and a facial recognition lock in the front. The tablet’s portable design is made for pockets and mini-bags with a premium metallic rim and thin-and-light profile at 7.89-mm thick and 195 gram. Other features of the Lenovo Tab V7 include 4G VoLTE voice calling support. Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 mobile platform there is an option to add memory via a micro SD slot of 128GB. It sports 13MP rear camera and 5MP selfie camera.last_img read more

October 17, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgOTTAWA – The plan to replace the navy’s warship fleet is officially sailing uncharted waters, with an important deadline for the $60-billion project having all but vanished.The government says it continues to work with industry to deliver the warships the navy needs, and that a new deadline will be set soon.But defence experts say the development is unprecedented, and raises fresh concerns about what is the largest planned military purchase in Canadian history.The federal government launched a competition last fall in which a dozen of the world’s largest defence and shipbuilding firms were asked to design potential replacements for the navy’s frigates and destroyers.The companies were initially given until the end of April to submit their designs, after which one would be selected for construction by Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax.But the competition is now in a state of limbo, with no established deadline for designs to be submitted since the government extended the competition for a second time in May.Both Public Services Minister Judy Foote’s office and Irving Shipbuilding, which is running the competition on the government’s behalf, confirmed that a new submission deadline has not been set.Officials initially said they needed more time to finish answering the approximately 560 questions that participating firms had asked about the bidding process since the competition was launched last fall.The focus now is on what is called a voluntary compliance review, in which companies can provide draft copies of their submissions to the government and Irving to ensure they are on the right track.Foote spokeswoman Mary-Rose Brown declined to say how many companies had decided to participate in the voluntary review, or when it will be complete.“When it comes to shipbuilding, we are committed to getting the women and men of the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Coast Guard the equipment they need to do their jobs,” Brown said in an email.“We are committed to open, fair and transparent procurement processes. To maximize value for Canadians we continue to work in close partnership with industry.”Irving spokesman Sean Lewis said companies will be notified of the final submission deadline once the review is complete.The fact the design competition is currently sailing without an established end-date has sparked fresh concern about the project, which has already been under the microscope for years.“I haven’t heard of it before,” said Alan Williams, who served as National Defence’s top procurement official from 2000 to 2005. “How can you not have a deadline if you have a (competition)? It’s bizarro.”Williams worried that messing with the deadline while the competition is ongoing could open the government up to legal challenges from any company whose design isn’t chosen.“It can significantly damage the Crown in terms of legal action in the sense that someone could claim they would have won if they had simply set a date, but they kept dragging this out,” he said.Defence analyst David Perry of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute said his concern is that the uncertainty around this aspect of the competition is reflective of bigger issues within the warship project.There have already been questions about Irving’s role in running the competition, and anger from some companies that British firm BAE could enter its Type 26 vessel despite the ship having never been built.Defence officials and Irving have also previously warned that time is of the essence when it comes to starting construction, and that they are trying to shave 18 to 24 months off the project.And some companies have privately railed against the amount of valuable intellectual property they are being asked to hand over to the government and Irving in order to participate in the competition.“I think it’s unusual to have this level of effort and rework going into the bid documents after they’ve come out,” Perry said. “My sense is (the competition) just wasn’t ready for prime time when they released it.”– Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.last_img read more

October 12, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgGodhra: It got noticed on the world map 17 years ago due to the infamous train burning incident and the state-wide riots it triggered in Gujarat, but Muslims of this small town say they have long buried the infamous past and want their political leaders to focus on development.A large number of Muslim residents, most of whom are traders and small businessmen, said the area has remained largely peaceful since the 2002 riots and many give credit for that to the BJP rule in the state. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”After 2002, no major riot has been reported here. There is a general perception among us that peace would prevail till the BJP is in power. That is the reason why many of us supports BJP,” said Haji Farukh Kesri, a prominent businessman of Polan Bazar area. His two automobile shops are situated right near Polan Bazar chowk where Indian tricolour is hoisted everyday since 2005 by local Muslims. “Peace and development go together. If there will be peace, we will be able to grow our businesses. There is absolutely no rift among Hindus and Muslims here. Many of my employees as well as my customers are Hindus. We want to preserve this atmosphere. This is required for our development,” he said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KGodhra town falls under Panchmahal Lok Sabha seat, which goes to polls on April 23 along with 25 other parliamentary constituencies in Gujarat. All the seats are currently held by the BJP. As per estimates, Godhra has a population of around 1.90 lakhs people and nearly 40 per cent of them are Muslims. The entire Panchmahal constituency has over 17 lakh voters, including 2.18 lakh Muslims. Muslims in the town are almost unanimous that they have moved on in their lives since the 2002 ‘Godhra Kaand’, in which 59 passengers of Sabarmati Express, many of whom were returning from Ayodhya, died after a coach of the train was burnt, triggering riots across Gujarat in which over 1,000 people, mostly of minority community, lost their lives. “No one even discusses what happened in 2002. We have moved on. And, why should we remember it when we were not involved in it. We don’t know who were behind it,” Mohammad Hussein said at a paan shop outside Signal Falia, a Muslim locality right opposite the Godhra railway station. Signal Falia came into limelight after it was alleged that the locals from this locality on February 27, 2002 set ablaze the S6 coach of Sabarmati Express. “Most people of this area are not even aware today about the incident. Why should we remember it when we have not done anything wrong?” said Wasim Kazi, standing near a wall separating Signal Falia and Godhra Junction. Apart from Signal Falia, Muslims mostly live in Saatpul Bazaar and Polan Bazaar areas of the town. In Polan Bazaar, many Muslims said the BJP government in the state has ensured continued peace, which they said is crucial for their businesses. However, there are supporters of Congress and other parties as well. Abdul Hamid, who runs a scrap business, said the Muslim voter are equally divided between the Congress and the BJP. “Not all Muslims vote for Congress. There are many who like the BJP. Our sitting MP Prabhatsinh Chauhan remains in touch with us and attends our functions. We want politicians to focus more on solving our basic issues, such as better roads and healthcare, rather than going on religious lines. There is no reason for remembering 2002, he said.last_img read more

October 12, 2019 | | Post a Comment

30 October 2007More than 250 Ethiopian pastoralists in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region from over 17 different ethnic groups will gather at a five-day United Nations-sponsored debate and celebration next month aimed at promoting an exchange of ideas. Participants at the event, to be held from 8-12 November in Nyangatom woreda in the South Omo zone, will discuss matters ranging from the rise of tourism, trade and economic diversification and the management and eradication of conflicts, to social change and the provision of basic services. The pastoralists will also confer on changes in land use; the opening of new transport, communication and market links; the development of education; and bolstering participation in national affairs. South Omo’s pastoralist groups drew inspiration for this upcoming meeting from other gatherings both in Ethiopia and Kenya as a means to talk about how to adapt to rapid changes. Also attending some of the events will be members of local and national administrations, development agencies, pastoralists from neighbouring groups, as well as representatives from the Government, UN, the donor community and non-governmental organizations. The Pastoralist Communication Initiative – a unique initiative aiming to promote knowledge and communication for pastoralists and pastoralism in Ethiopia and Africa – of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is financially and logistically supporting the event. read more

October 12, 2019 | | Post a Comment

16 November 2008Education is one of the most useful ways to overcome intolerance because it highlights similarities between people and helps to spread a healthy respect for differences, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. In a message marking the International Day for Tolerance, which is observed today, Mr. Ban said the promotion of tolerance was especially valuable in the contemporary era of globalization, interdependence and increased mobility.“While diversity is an invaluable asset, it can also be a source of tension,” he said. “Tolerance can diffuse potential conflicts. It can help prevent theories of racial or cultural superiority from emerging, and help societies to gradually overcome long-held prejudices and negative stereotypes.”Mr. Ban stressed that tolerance should not be mistaken for either concession or condescension, and should also not be confused with indifference.“Genuine tolerance is about openness, curiosity and communication. It goes hand in hand with knowledge and understanding. Education is one of the best ways to prevent intolerance, by revealing similarities between people and spreading a healthy respect for differences.”This week the General Assembly held a high-level meeting featuring Mr. Ban and numerous international leaders to discuss Saudi Arabia”s “Culture of Peace” initiative, exploring ways to increase tolerance between peoples of different faiths and cultures. read more

October 11, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Two United Nations agencies have released a new online guide on where to procure essential medicines formulated for children, a tool which could potentially prevent nine million child deaths from preventable and treatable causes every year. “Improved availability and access to safe child-specific medicines is still far from reality for many children in poor countries,” said Hans Hogerzeil, Director of Essential Medicines and Pharmaceutical Policies at the UN World Health Organization (WHO). The “one-of-its-kind publication,” he added, “will be useful for organizations and personnel involved in procurement to identify where medicines may be found and what they cost.” The edition of Sources and Prices of Selected Medicines for Children, released by WHO and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), will help doctors and organizations obtain some of the 240 essential medicines than can save children’s lives. It also offers details on therapeutic food, and vitamin and mineral supplements, to treat major childhood illnesses and diseases. “While effective medicines exist to fight disease and treat life-threatening conditions like malnutrition, formulations suitable for children are often difficult to source,” said Francisco Blanco, Chief of Medicines & Nutrition of UNICEF’s Supply Division. “The data in this edition confirms that much more research and effort needs to be made to make medicines for children more available and accessible for those who need them most.” When children’s medicines are hard to find, parents and medical professionals sometimes use fractions of adult dosage forms or prepare makeshift prescriptions of medicines by crushing tablets or dissolving portions of capsules in water, the agencies noted in a news release. “This is not always safe or effective as the dose will not be accurate,” they stated, adding that other challenges include the need for more clinical trials and research to be carried out on paediatric medicines. WHO recommends that wherever possible, medicines for children should be provided as flexible, solid, oral dosage forms that can be administered in a liquid when it is given to the sick child. Liquid formulations are more expensive to purchase compared with dispersible tablets and are also more costly to store, package, and transport safely. According to the guide, there are several sources for children’s medicines and treatments to address opportunistic infections, palliative care, pain and pneumonia. The availability of paediatric formulations for treatments for malaria, maternal and newborn care, and tuberculosis was fair. In addition, it notes that the number of sources is limited for the paediatric treatment of diarrhoea and HIV/AIDS, and there is still a serious challenge to obtain child-specific medicines to treat tropical infections endemic in Africa and Asia. The guide ranks the availability of the identified medicines, and notes that 75 per cent of the formulations included are available for purchase. 30 April 2010Two United Nations agencies have released a new online guide on where to procure essential medicines formulated for children, a tool which could potentially prevent nine million child deaths from preventable and treatable causes every year. read more

October 8, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Ajith Mannapperuma took oaths today as a new UNP Member of Parliament (MP).He replaces the vacancy created following the demise of UNP MP Dr. Jayalath Jayawardena. Mannapperuma took oaths before Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa today and will represent the Gampaha District.

October 8, 2019 | | Post a Comment

The training by Scottish police officers took place both before and after the government’s final counter-insurgency campaign against the Tamil Tiger rebels in 2009. “We would urge the college to investigate its engagement with the Sri Lankan police force and review their activity in light of Navi Pillay’s report.“Furthermore, we would expect them to take the strongest measures possible to ensure any Scottish police staff working with or in Sri Lanka to strongly condemn violations of human rights and in no way contribute to or suppresses reporting of these brutal violations.”A spokesman for Police Scotland said the SPC had an international reputation for the quality and integrity of its training packages, which are delivered in Scotland and across the world.He said: “When the British Government supports justice and security projects, there are safeguards put in place to ensure any work does not contribute to human rights abuses and it has been clear from the outset that the training reform package in Sri Lanka, led by the SPC, aims to embed international standards in police training.“There has also been ­widespread support for the project from opposition parties, UN and international humanitarian agency representatives, and non-governmental organisations.”The Scottish Government confirmed it funded a £400,000 training project which came to an end in March, with more than 3500 Sri Lankan officers receiving training.A spokesperson said: “The aim of this project was to use the extensive expertise of the Scottish Police College and other agencies to develop a new model of community policing to help promote human rights in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is now classed as a middle income state. The decision to end funding was taken to allow the Scottish Government to focus on projects in poorer countries.”The Foreign Office said the Scottish Police College received funding of £236,042 from April 2007 to March 2013 for work in Sri Lanka via the Conflict Pool fund, which aims to reduce the impact of conflict and instability around the world.A spokeswoman added: “Our police training reform project in Sri Lanka, led by the SPC, aims to embed international standards in police training.“Opposition parties, UN and international humanitarian agency representatives, NGOs and others have indicated their firm support for our project.”She added: “Reform projects such as this one take time. We believe that our continued support will have a positive impact, in the interests of all of Sri Lanka’s communities.” (Colombo Gazette) Amnesty International in ­Scotland has details of Sri Lankan police assisting government commandos who opened fire on civilians, and the murder of detainees in police custody.UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay last week launched an attack on the Sri Lankan government’s human rights record following a week-long visit, citing police intimidation of priests, journalists and human rights advocates. Pillay also talked of dissenting voices being “permanently silenced”. An investigation by Corporate Watch found the SPC is involved in spearheading a project to help to set up a National Police Academy in Sri Lanka. Most of the training involves Scottish officers ­travelling to the island, but in some cases Sri Lankan police are brought to Scotland. The police today denied allegations raised by a British NGO saying they were involved in human rights (HR) abuses in Sri Lanka.Police headquarters said the allegations raised by a not-for-profit research group Corporate Watch were baseless. A recent UN report suggested that as many as 70,000 civilians died in the last few months of the war, mostly killed by government forces.Campaigners say major concerns still remain over the country’s human rights record.Mark Bevan, programme director for Amnesty International in Scotland, said: “Unlawful detentions, torture, and enforced disappearances remain rife in Sri Lanka and go unpunished. It’s shocking to think similar activity may have taken place while Scottish Police College training work and Scottish police officers were in the country. Phil Miller, from Corporate Watch, said: “She reported the country was heading in an increasingly authoritarian direction and complained about how the police had been harassing people who she had been trying to interview.“The police were prepared to be abusive even when the UN was there and it’s the Scottish Police College who have been doing a lot of training over the past six years.“I think that raises some quite serious questions. If the country is going in a more authoritarian direction and Scottish police have been helping train the Sri Lankan police for the past six years, are they just helping to develop the police state? Do they have any concerns that this project isn’t working?” The Herald Scotland reported that more than 3500 Sri Lankan police officers – including some senior commanders – have received training from the Scottish Police College (SPC) since 2007 through projects funded by the UK and Scottish governments. read more

October 8, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Asked specifically if he subscribes to the TULF’s contention that the best solution to the Lankan Tamil question lies in the adoption of the Indian model of devolution to the provinces, Karuna said that he agrees with the TULF on this.“I have spoken in parliament on the need to implement the 13 th.Amendment of the Lankan constitution which stemmed from the India-Lanka Accord of 1987,” he said. Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) member Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan alias Karuna has decided to resign from the SLFP and join the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF).“I wish to join the TULF. I am currently consulting others. I expect to announce a decision soon,” Karuna told the New Indian Express on Monday. “The TNA has been misleading the Tamil people. It took one stand to get the Tamils‘ votes and another after getting their votes. Having got the post of Leader of Opposition, TNA MPs are now Yes Men of the government. The TULF, on the contrary, has had one policy throughout,” Karuna said. Asked why he had chosen the TULF over the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), which is the dominant Tamil party in the Tamil speaking Northern and Eastern Provinces, Karuna said that while the TULF, under the leadership of Anandasangaree, has been consistent in its policies, the TNA has been changing its stance to suit political exigencies. Karuna, who is currently in the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), is expected to resign soon. When Mahinda Rajapaksa was Lankan President, Karuna was a Vice President of SLFP, an MP, and Deputy Minister of Rehabilitation. Prior to that he was founder-leader of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Puligal (TMVP),which he founded in 2004 after splitting from LTTE leader Prabhakaran. The TMVP became an unofficial pro-government paramilitary group. Karuna was eventually ousted from the TMVP by his deputy, Pillayan. (Colombo Gazette) read more

October 7, 2019 | | Post a Comment

In an exclusive story CHCH News has learned that a passenger who was on the same flight  as a nurse who contracted Ebola, travelled to the Niagara Region days later.He’s a customer of Beamsville company Opplast Inc, a soap dispenser manufacturer.When he told the company the news, he was asked to leave immediately.The man flew from Dallas to Cleveland last Friday on the same plane as Amber Vinson, the second nurse infected with Ebola.He arrived in Beamsville on Wednesday.Around noon Thursday, he was informed by the Centers for Disease Control that he was a passenger on the flight flagged for the disease.Opplast’s human resources manager Jocelyn Guinard says within an hour of hearing the news from the customer, they called Niagara Public Health Department and the CDC.“We asked him to leave the property, and actually he agreed. The CDC said they considered very little risk associated with the incident.”Yesterday Guinard and Opplast met with its 150 employees.“Essentially we told them what happened. The facts around the person declaring he was on that flight. We brought the employees in and gave them all the information.”Despite the assurances from the CDC, at least one employee at the company called in sick, citing safety concerns.Opplast management is staying in contact with the customer. They last spoke to him around 1p.m. Friday.Meanwhile Niagara Public Health also has the name and address of the customer who was on the plane with the nurse.Public Health says it doesn’t need to know the names and addresses of anybody he’s had contact with.The man has not shown any symptoms and has been cleared to fly back to Dallas from Cleveland this weekend. read more

October 3, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Stock markets plunge on lower energy and bank stocks; bullion soars TORONTO – Stock markets in Toronto and New York fell Thursday as the price of oil dropped below US$27 a barrel and uncertainty over the global economy continued to fester.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 98.35 points at 12,087.37 at the close.It’s the fifth straight day of losses for the resource-heavy market, which felt downward pressure from nearly all sectors, especially banks and base metal stocks.The Canadian dollar gained 0.06 of a U.S. cent to 71.83 cents US, even as the March contract for benchmark North American crude oil lost $1.24 to settle at US$26.21.Ian Nakamoto, director of research at 3MACS, said investor confidence in oil has waned because no one is certain how much lower prices will go.“I’m trying to think — what is going to turn this around basically?” he said. “Obviously there has to be a large supply response from one of the Middle Eastern countries but it doesn’t seem to be happening any time soon. It’s just a matter of confidence.”Sun Life chief investment officer Sadiq Adatia added that some investors are also getting comfortable with these unsustainable rock-bottom oil prices, which will no doubt lead to the closure of smaller oil firms.“At prices of US$26 (a barrel), there are very few companies, countries out there, that can make money on current production, let alone new production. There’s almost nobody who can make money at this price,” he said.“That means that supply will come offline but how long will it take for it to come off and when it does, then you’ll see a boost up in oil prices. Still we’re still a few months away from that happening.”Meanwhile, while some may be fleeing oil, many are still investing in gold as a safe haven from volatile equities. April bullion got a boost of $53.20 to US$1,247.80 a troy ounce.Elsewhere in commodities, March copper was down two cents at US$2 a pound and the March contract for natural gas dipped five cents to US$1.99 per mmBtu.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average plunged 254.56 points to 15,660.18, while the broader S&P 500 declined 22.78 points to 1,829.08 and the Nasdaq edged 16.75 points lower to 4,266.84.Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen said during her second day of testimony to Congress that the Fed will discuss the effects of the global slowdown on the U.S. economy at its next meeting in March.On Wednesday, she had expressed caution over how global pressures could depress U.S. economic growth, which could slow the pace of Fed interest rate hikes. The U.S. central bank raised rates late last year after having held them near zero since the Great Recession.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story: A previous version said oil traded below US$27 a barrel for the first time since September 2003. It also corrects the closing Nasdaq figure and TSX close, reflecting an official change by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 11, 2016 8:17 am MDT Last Updated Feb 11, 2016 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

October 3, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Fox News fires Bob Beckel for racially insensitive remark by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted May 19, 2017 11:53 am MDT Last Updated May 19, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – This July 1, 2013 file photo shows, Kimberly Guilfoyle, from left, Bob Beckel, Eric Bolling, Dana Perino, Greg Gutfeld and Andrea Tantaros co-hosts of Fox News Channel’s “The Five,” following a taping of the show in New York. Fox News Channel says it has fired Beckel for making an insensitive remark to a black employee. Beckel, who has been a liberal panelist on the show “The Five,” was on his second tour of duty at Fox after being bounced in 2015 for substance abuse. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Invision/AP, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Fox News Channel said Friday that it had fired liberal commentator Bob Beckel for making a racially insensitive remark to a black employee.Fox offered no details on the case, but a lawyer for the employee said Beckel had “stormed out” of his office Tuesday when the man, who is a technician, came to do work on his computer, saying he was leaving because the worker was black.The lawyer, Douglas Wigdor, also said that Beckel attempted to intimidate his client and get him to withdraw his complaint in a meeting Friday with Fox executive Kevin Lord. Fox denied that anyone tried to persuade the man to withdraw his complaint, and said that Beckel had apologized to him after he was fired.Beckel, 68, is a veteran Democratic political strategist who is a regular on Fox’s “The Five,” where he discusses stories with four conservative panelists. The show recently moved into Fox’s prime-time lineup with the firing of Bill O’Reilly.Beckel had only returned to Fox in January. He’d been ousted in June 2015 while dealing with substance abuse, with then-Fox executive Bill Shine saying Fox “couldn’t hold ‘The Five’ hostage to one man’s personal issues.” Beckel subsequently wrote a book “I Should Be Dead: My Life Surviving Politics, TV and Addiction.”Wigdor currently represents 22 clients with cases against Fox, including 15 involved in a lawsuit alleging racist behaviour by the network’s since-fired controller, Judith Slater, who denies the charges.Fox is involved in several legal cases involving O’Reilly and the late former network chairman Roger Ailes, who died on Thursday.Wigdor’s firm, in a statement, said that “we intend on holding (Fox News parent company) 21st Century Fox accountable for these actions and will be filing multiple other complaints in other matters next week.” read more

October 2, 2019 | | Post a Comment

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