first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government in Rajasthan was set to abolish a health scheme for the poor, launched by the previous Congress regime, on the purported ground of duplication leading to loss to the exchequer. Congress has cried foul and described it as an instance of BJP’s insensitivity.The State government had decided not to extend the Mukhya Mantri BPL Jeevan Raksha Kosh to the financial year 2018-19 after its expiry on March 31. Medical and Health Minister Kali Charan Saraf said here on Friday that the scheme’s beneficiaries would get free diagnosis and treatment facilities under other plans.Health insurance schemeAccording to the official orders, the patients of below poverty line (BPL) category would get the medical treatment under the Bhamashah health insurance scheme, free diagnostic test scheme and free medicine scheme. A new procedure had been laid down for the cases of hospitalisation, implants and specialised treatment.However, the move would render over 500 contractual employees, including the computer operators, unemployed. They were hired for effective implementation of the Mukhya Mantri BPL Jeevan Raksha Kosh in various districts.BJP insensitive: GehlotSenior Congress leader and former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot criticised the BJP government for discontinuing the scheme, while pointing out that it had turned out to be a blessing for the BPL and other underprivileged families in the treatment of chronic diseases. He said the BJP government ad shown its insensitivity through the decision.“Despite its drubbing in the Lok Sabha and Assembly by-elections, the BJP had the audacity to abolish a scheme which was benefiting the poor. The people of the State would give a suitable reply to the BJP in the upcoming Assembly election,” Mr. Gehlot said.The Congress leader said that the scheme had the provisions for extending all outdoor and indoor treatment facilities to the beneficiaries without any upper limit for medical expenses. Besides, it gave a grant to the childless BPL couples and those with an annual income of Rs.1 lakh for their treatment.Mr. Gehlot said the State government had taken the decision on the pretext of promoting the Bhamashah health insurance scheme. The free diagnostic test and free medicine schemes had also been weakened for ensuring the insurance scheme’s success, he said.last_img read more

first_imgThough Om Prakash Rajbhar, Uttar Pradesh Minister and president of the Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party, has just four MLAs under his fold, the OBC leader is an important part of the BJP’s outreach among the most backward castes in eastern U.P. A year after he aligned with the BJP, which stormed to power with over 300 seats, he is today, however, disgruntled with the way the BJP is treating him. Excerpts from an interview in Lucknow:The Yogi Adityanath government has completed one year and you are constantly complaining that not much has been done for the poor, backwards and Dalits.The work is only on paper. The officials have completed all work on paper and submitted it to the government, but there is nothing on the ground. For example, the Chief Minister recently said that 11.5 lakh new houses have been built [for the poor]. Such high number of houses can be approved, yes, but how many can be built in just four or five months? The first instalment itself takes six months and during the monsoon, sand and morang are unavailable for construction.Where is the lapse? The government or the officials?The officials are solely responsible. They don’t listen to the government. Despite a change in government, it is the same machine that worked during SP and BSP rule that’s operating. The engine and coaches [of the train] are the same, only the driver and guard have changed.Soon after you met BJP president Amit Shah in Delhi, you decided to restore support to the BJP. What assurances did he give you?I informed Amit Shah that there is anger against the government on the ground. Those entitled to ration cards, toilets, homes and pension are being deprived of it, whereas those ineligible are enjoying all the benefits. During the elections, I campaigned for the sub-categorisation of OBC reservation into three groups: the Pichda (backward), those dominant castes who have got a share more than their population; the Ati Pichda (very backward), who have got a share but not according to their population, and the Sarvadik Pichda (most backward), those who have not got any benefits. One year has passed but the government has done nothing. Mr. Shah told me that there are elections coming up in Karnataka and the OBC sub-categorisation would be implemented a month after that. He also told me that not just at the national level, it would be implemented in the State as well. Meanwhile, I have demanded that till that happens, no new recruitment must take place in the State.So your main demand is sub-categorisation of the OBC quota?The V.P. Singh government granted 27% reservation to OBC castes in 1990. But the dominant castes which are literate and cunning, are eating up the major chunk, leaving only tiny crumbs for the weak. Just like the big fish leaves nothing for the small fish. Babasaheb achieved reservation for Dalits in 1932 but even today you won’t find a single constable from the Banspbor, Nat, Musahar, Hela and other such castes in the State capital. The same is for smaller OBC castes such as Bind, Prajapati, Kumhar, Mallah, Chauhan, Pal, Rajbhar, Julha and Dhuniya which have reservation but are not getting its actual benefits.So is everything all right with you and the BJP now?Amit Shah has promised to come here on April 10. He will hold a meeting with the CM and people of his organisation to discuss the ground reality. But let me tell you, for a year, the BJP and its government did not give my party the status of a political party. Be it in government functions or meetings, they did not once place a single chair for my party. After I returned from Delhi, for the first time, in the Legislative Assembly party meeting, a chair was put for me next to the CM. Why so? Had I not gone to Delhi, this would not have been possible. And the CM for the first time also had to issue a statement in the Assembly saying that he will divide the OBC reservation. In the presidential election, we also voted but they never thanked my party.But this time [after the RS voting], they remembered us. Only because I went to Delhi.What do you think of the SP and BSP alliance? It is being touted as an alliance of Dalits and OBCs.I believe in the ideals of both Dr. Ambedkar and Lohia. The alliance is absolutely sound.My movement, our ideology won’t get affected by the BJP or depend on it. It is because of Ambedkar and Lohia that I am here today. I am a product of Kanshiramji. He created lakhs of leaders in every caste, be it backward, forward, Dalit or minority; 70-80% of MLAs roaming in the U.P. Assembly are products of Kanshiram.If by coming together the SP and BSP fulfil Dr. Ambedkar’s and Kanshiramji’s ideals, then it is a good thing.Even if BJP, your alliance partner, loses due to it? That means your loss, too.Yes, I have no problem. I am not indentured to ensure the BJP’s victory (laughs).If your demands are not met, what will be the future of the alliance? Will you break up before 2019?How will they not fulfill it? They will have to. There is no question of me breaking the alliance. I have got votes for the BJP.last_img read more

first_imgAfter its recent drive against spurious milk and dairy products, the Punjab Food and Drug Administration has launched a crackdown on those involved in adulteration of edible oils.Food safety teams are conducting raids across the State against those involved in adulteration of oil, especially mustard oil, which is consumed by a large section of the population in Punjab.Punjab Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Kahan Singh Pannu said the food safety team in Fazilka conducted a raid at NG Oil Mill, Abohar, and found 725 litres of impure mustard oil and 352 litres of edible oil. Samples were taken for further investigation and the stock was seized.“The manufacturer was selling adulterated edible oil as mustard oil. The packaging part of the factory and an oil tanker were sealed. The team also seized 46 litres of Royal Taj cooking medium being sold as desi ghee from Abhey Trading Company being run from a domestic premises,” he said.Earlier, the team sealed an oil manufacturing unit near Ahmedgarh in Ludhiana. “Though the manufacturing unit was located in Ludhiana district, the packaging address was given of Sangrur district. The entire packaged material, nearly 168 litres of mustard oil, was seized and the unit sealed. Misbranded mustard oil was also found at a factory in Khanna,” said Mr. Pannu.Mr. Pannu said an inspection at Krishna Traders, Hoshiarpur, unearthed 180 kg of adulterated desi ghee made from vanaspati. “The stock was seized and samples of desi ghee and vanaspati were taken for investigation,” he added.last_img read more

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LATEST STORIES Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Police: Venus Williams driving ‘lawfully’ at time of fatal crash Pachulia played for $2.9 million last season, willing to take a lower salary to be part of a team that would chase a championship — and he wound up with his first ring after 14 NBA seasons.Booed early on by the home crowd at Oracle Arena as he found his way with a new team, Pachulia eventually got comfortable with the Warriors and elevated his play.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 starsA native of the Republic of Georgia, Pachulia joins several familiar faces who have committed to the team.Most notably, two-time MVP Stephen Curry is receiving a record $201 million, five-year contract, while Finals MVP Kevin Durant reached agreement on a deal for approximately $53 million over two years. Fresh off his first career championship, KD is expected to decline the second year on his contract in order to sign a max contract next summer. Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins, left, guards Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The Warriors won 117-106. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)OAKLAND, California — Center Zaza Pachulia has agreed to a $3.5 million, one-year contract to stay with the NBA champion Golden State Warriors, his agent, Mark Bartelstein, said Friday.Golden State’s starter in a three-center rotation last season, the 33-year-old Pachulia averaged 5.1 points and 3.8 rebounds in 14.1 minutes during the postseason, and scored in double digits four times.ADVERTISEMENT View comments 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 Gameslast_img read more

first_imgMadrid, Dec 8 (AFP) Six thousand miles away and 15 days later than planned, the Copa Libertadores final between Boca Juniors and River Plate will be concluded. There have been refusals, complaints and threats to go to court, but the players of Boca and River, Argentina’s two greatest football rivals, landed in Madrid and all indications are the second leg will be played. Both teams trained on Thursday, Boca at the Spanish national team’s base at Las Rozas and River at Real Madrid’s Valdebebas, with the players appearing in good spirits, laughing and joking, jumping on each other’s backs. There was even a smattering of fans waiting outside, some holding flags or notebooks open for autographs, even if it was a world away from the rocking Bombonera, packed out for an open training session before the original fixture was due last month. That game had to be postponed, three times, after River fans injured Boca players during an attack on their team’s bus. It could have been cancelled, or awarded to Boca, but CONMEBOL, the South American football federation, chose to relocate to Spain. A final at the Santiago Bernabeu should be something to savour, particularly when it is the Copa Libertadores at stake on Sunday, the most prestigious prize in South American club football. Instead, as players finished training and spoke to journalists, the sense of regret became clear. “It is a weird final,” said Carlos Tevez, once of Manchester United and Manchester City, and now a striker for Boca. “To play a match between Boca and River in Madrid, it’s weird.”advertisement River goalkeeper Franco Armani said: “We would have liked to play the game at home, on our pitch, in front of our fans, who deserve it, but the decision is made. We have to make the best of it.” – ‘Lost importance’ – ===================== CONMEBOL pointed to Madrid as a “neutral” host city, with the largest Argentinian community outside Argentina, and a long and successful tradition of football. It will host the Champions League final in June too. For many, however, this was the most important match in Argentina’s history and its removal a national embarrassment. After all, the Copa Libertadores was named after those that secured independence from countries like Spain in the early nineteenth century. “Unfortunately for me, this match has lost importance in my heart,” said Real Madrid’s Argentinian coach Santiago Solari on Wednesday. Boca and River had initially refused. Boca believe River should have forfeited the trophy and have said they will take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Depending on the result this weekend, they still might. River, meanwhile, have lost the home advantage enjoyed by Boca in the first leg, which finished 2-2, not to mention economic benefits, despite CONMEBOL pledging to compensate them for any revenue missed. “It was the security system that failed, absolutely and totally,” River’s club president Rodolfo D’Onofrio told El Pais on Friday. “River are the victims.” Most deprived, however, are perhaps the thousands of fans let down and then left at home in Argentina. Some have travelled, including Agustin Giacone, one Boca supporter who arrived in Madrid on Wednesday. “It’s going to be a great party,” he said. “Argentinians don’t want to spoil the name of Argentina anymore.” Boca coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto believes restoration will take longer. “We need time,” he said on Friday. “We need matches of this quality played in Argentina or South America to show that we have matured.” – Tickets still available – =========================== For each club, the 20,000 tickets allocated to fans in Spain and elsewhere sold out within hours but some of the 5,000 for residents in Argentina remain available. The cost, and short notice, is likely to have put them off. Inside the stadium, a vacant block of seats will act as a buffer between the two sets of supporters. Outside, the Paseo de la Castellana, the road that runs from the city centre to the stadium, will be closed off from 9am local time, as police seek to keep them separate. Around 2,500 police officers are expected to attend. If the match goes off peacefully, CONMEBOL will claim success, not least as broadcasters all over the world will have shown the fixture they paid for. For Spain, there would be a boost to their 2030 World Cup bid, at the direct expense of the Uruguay-Argentina-Paraguay ticket, another lead contender. La Liga, intent on staging matches in the United States, will feel its cause has greater precedent. For River and Boca, the winner will hoist the cup and then join their hosts, Real Madrid, at the World Club Cup in the United Arab Emirates later this month. River would also qualify for next year’s Copa Libertadores.advertisement But any joy will be tinged with regret, for the final that could have been. “Today we should be talking about how River and Boca made Argentina proud,” Schelotto said. “Again, we have lost to violence.” (AFP) AHlast_img read more

first_imgAuthor Mihir Bose writes “The cricket world had gotten too used to the stereotype of the meek Indian cricketer. All that has changed under Ganguly, perhaps for the better.” Sourav Ganguly, well-known as ‘Dada,’ was born on July 8, 1972. He will celebrate his 47th birthday today.Let us look at some of the important highlights from his life and career: 1. Ganguly’s parents gave him the nickname ‘Maharaj’ when he was a kid. He was later nicknamed the ‘Prince of Calcutta’ by Geoffrey Boycott.2. He was a huge football fan in his childhood.3. Ganguly’s mother Nirupa did not want him to get into cricket since the game was disturbing his studies. But due to his elder brother Snehashish’s insistence, Sourav was enrolled into a cricket academy during his class 10 summer holidays.4. It is said that Ganguly is a deeply religious person and observes a fast every Tuesday.5. There is an apartment in Kolkata which is named after him. It is called the ‘Sourav Housing Complex.’6. Ganguly’s ton at Lords cricket ground was the highest score by a batsman on debut at the ground.7. He has also been labelled as India’s most successful cricket captain.8. It is well known that Ganguly’s most famous victory celebration style was twirling his shirt.9. Javagal Srinath came back from retirement thrice on Ganguly’s insistence.10. Ganguly had his personal bowling machine installed in his house after he was dropped from the Indian team in 1992.11. He is the third cricketer in the world, along with Aravinda De Silva and Mahela Jayawardene, to score a 100 and lead Indian team to the final of a World Cup.advertisement12. He is the joint secretary of Cricket Association of Bengal.13. In the initial days of his career, he was dropped from the Indian team since he was perceived to be ‘arrogant.’14. Ganguly loved David Gower’s style and used to watch old videos of him playing.15. Other cricketers who influenced him are David Boon, Mohinder Amarnath, Kapil Dev, and Allan Border.Read | MS Dhoni turns 38: Know how well-educated your favourite Indian skipper and his teammates are!last_img read more

first_imgMan Utd, Real Madrid target Eder Militao favours England optionby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePorto defender Eder Militao is keen on a move to England.Militao is a target for Real Madrid president Florentino Perez this month.However, UOL Esporte says Militao favours a move to England.The Porto defender has been linked with Real Madrid in recent weeks with Militao looking set to depart at the end of the campaign.Everton, Liverpool and Manchester United are all credited with interest from England in the 20-year-old, who has a release clause of £45m. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgzoomIllustration. Source: Pxhere under CC0 Creative Commons license Norway-based bulk ship operator Belships has agreed to acquire a 55,866 dwt bulk carrier from Prospero Marine, a company controlled by Greek shipowner Elias Kulukundis. The bulker Sephora, built in 2007 by Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries, was purchased at a price of USD 12 million, of which half would be paid in cash.Belships explained that the remaining consideration would be settled through a proposed issue of 7,405,114 new shares to the seller of the vessel. The agreed share price in the transaction is NOK 7.00 per share.The transaction is Belships’ third acquisition in less than a month. The group is scheduled to take delivery of the Supramax Sephora in July 2019. With the latest addition, Belships’ fleet would consist of 19 Supramax/Ultramax bulk carriers, including a newbuilding being delivered from Imabari Shipbuilding, Japan in the first half of 2020.The company said it expects the cash payment to be fully financed within the financing package, revealed in mid-March 2019. Belships secured the USD 140 million loan, that replaced the group’s senior debt of USD 105 million, with an aim to add more Ultramaxes and Supramaxes to its fleet.The loan is available in two tranches, an initial one of USD 110 million that replaced Belships’ loan, while the second tranche of USD 30 million was made available for fleet expansion.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: India is projected to grow at 7.5% in the next three years supported by robust investment and private consumption, the World Bank has said. The Bank in its Global Economic Prospects released Tuesday said that India is estimated to have grown 7.2% in fiscal year 2018-19, which ended March 31. A slowdown in government consumption was offset by solid investment, which benefitted from public infrastructure spending. As against a growth rate of 6.6% in 2018, China’s growth rate in 2019 is projected to be dropped to 6.2% and then subsequently to 6.1% in 2020 and 6% in 2021, the bank said. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist With this India will continue to retain the position of being the fastest growing emerging economy. And by 2021, its growth rate is projected to be 1.5% more than China’s 6%. According to the World Bank, growth in India is projected at 7.5% in Fiscal Year 2019-20 (April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020), unchanged from the previous forecast, and to stay at this pace through the next two fiscal years. “Private consumption and investment will benefit from strengthening credit growth amid more accommodative monetary policy, with inflation having fallen below the Reserve Bank of India’s target, it said. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France Support from delays in planned fiscal consolidation at the central level should partially offset the effects of political uncertainty around elections in FY2018-19, it said. The World Bank said that India’s urban consumption was supported by a pickup in credit growth, whereas rural consumption was hindered by soft agricultural prices. On the production side, robust growth was broad-based, with a slight moderation in services and agricultural activity accompanied by an acceleration in the industrial sector. Weakening agricultural production reflected subdued harvest in major crops on the back of fewer rainfalls, it said. Services activity softened mainly due to slowing trade, hotel, transport, and communication activity. The industrial sector benefited from strong manufacturing and construction with solid demand for capital goods. The slowing momentum in economic activity in late 2018 carried into the first quarter of 2019, as suggested by softening services and manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Indexes, the report said. Observing that the new Goods and Services Tax regime is still in the process of being fully established, creating some uncertainty about the projections of government revenues, the report said fiscal deficits continue to exceed official targets in some countries — India, Pakistan. Pakistan’s growth, on the other hand, is expected to slow further to 2.7% in FY2019-20, which begins July 16, as domestic demand remains depressed and as current account and fiscal deficits diminish only gradually. (With inputs from DNA)last_img read more

first_imgIn celebration of Mother’s Day, hundreds of corporate and community leaders, celebrities, experts, and every day moms and dads gathered at the New York Times Center to kick off the Global Mom’s Relay with the fourth annual Moms +SocialGood event on May 5, 2016.This yearly, one-of-a-kind event celebrates the power of moms and families, as well as the role of social media in improving the quality of life for children across the globe.The theme for this year’s Moms +SocialGood event – “What do you wish were true for every child, everywhere” – brought to light some challenges faced by children and families with unmet needs, and the uniting desires to see children succeed and mothers be empowered.”Panels featuring experts and influential speakers such as Ambassador Samantha Power, Christy Turlington Burns, Amanda Peet, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, David Muir, Nigel Barker, Juju Chang, Thon Chol, Mari Malek, Lynda Lopez, Alaa Murabit, Dr. Richard Besser, and many more provided insight and guidance on how everyone can turn small actions into successful solutions for creating a better world and a brighter future.The Global Mom Relay, which takes place from May 4 – June 17 2016, is a charitable social media movement that raises funds for the improvement of children’s health and wellbeing through such non-profit organizations as Nothing But Nets, Shot@ Life, Girl Up, Peace Corps Let Girls Learn Fund, and U.S. Fund for UNICEF. The movement is driven by the publication of personal stories from community leaders, influencers and every day moms and dads.This movement allows women of all abilities to act as leaders within their communities. “When [women] feel there is a role to play and an opportunity to engage, there are no limitations,” said Christy Turlington Burns, founder of Every Mother Counts.All women are encouraged to participate through social media sharing and buzz generation using the hashtag #GlobalMomsRelay and #JNJ. Sharing and engagements directly result in charitable donations, giving everyone the opportunity to change lives and support families lives one social media post at a time.last_img read more

Media reports say at least five people in Port-au-Prince have died as a result of the storm, which was brief but sharp and brought heavy rains and high winds to the city, including the many camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) who have been homeless since the quake.At least 1 million Haitians are still living in tent camps or makeshift housing, eight months after the earthquake struck the country, killing around 200,000 people.More than 40 teams comprising staff from the UN, aid agencies and the Haitian Government have fanned out across Port-au-Prince to assess the damage, and a separate aerial assessment is also being conducted.Blue helmets serving with the UN peacekeeping mission, known as MINUSTAH, are also deployed across the city and helping residents who have been trapped by the storm or otherwise need assistance.UN aid workers have started distributing emergency supplies, including food, blankets, tarpaulins and hygiene kits.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced sadness today at the loss of life and damage caused by the storm and offered his condolences to the families of the victims.“The Secretary-General welcomes the generosity of donors who have responded to this and other crises this year, including the devastating floods in Pakistan,” according to a statement issued by his spokesperson.He stressed the need for donors to continue to support post-quake relief and recovery efforts across Haiti, with an estimated $450 million in additional funding still required. 25 September 2010United Nations aid workers are rushing to provide assistance in Haiti after a sudden rainstorm yesterday swept the capital, Port-au-Prince, whose residents are still trying to recover from January’s catastrophic earthquake. read more

Three suspects have been arrested for attempting to rob a bank in Milton, and for robbing a bank in Guelph–all in the same day. On August 3, two men entered the Royal Bank at 55 Ontario St. in Milton with their faces concealed and attempted to rob it. The men took off on foot and entered a waiting vehicle in a near area.Later that day, the same suspects conducted another bank robbery in Guelph.“Three suspects were arrested shortly after,” according to Guelph police. It is still unclear where the arrests took place.No names have been released as the investigation is ongoing.Anyone with information into the investigation of both these crimes is asked to contact Halton police. read more

SRIHARIKOTA, India — India has called off the launch of a moon mission to explore the lunar south pole.The Chandrayaan-2 mission was aborted less than an hour before takeoff on Monday. Indian Space Research Organization spokesman B.R. Guruprasad says a “technical snag” was observed in the 640-ton launch-vehicle system.The agency says a new launch date would be announced.Chandrayaan, the word for “moon craft” in Sanskrit, is designed for a soft landing on the far side of the moon and to send a rover to explore water deposits confirmed by a previous Indian space mission.India’s nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi is eager to show off the country’s security and technology prowess. If India did manage the soft landing, it would be only the fourth to do so after the U.S., Russia and China.The Associated Press read more

In an effort to turn around some of the hostile coverage and highlight good practices by sections of London’s press, Mayor Ken Livingstone recently launched the first London Local Press Awards, with the support of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), to spotlight good practice in reporting on refugee issues that helps foster a more positive context contributing to the safety of asylum-seekers and refugees, and good community relations. The decision to launch the Awards with support from UNHCR, the Metropolitan Police Authority and the National Union of Journalists grew out of a study commissioned by the Mayor that examined media images of asylum-seekers and refugees, which noted that unbalanced and inaccurate coverage in the national press is likely to cause fear and tension within communities across London. “This event is about ensuring that the stories of the refugees and asylum-seekers living amongst us, and the reality of their plight, get the recognition they deserve,” said Bemma Donkoh, UNHCR’s representative in the United Kingdom. “It is also about encouraging objective and constructive reporting and discussion on how our society deals with the issues surrounding the complex migration movements of our present age,” she added. In her speech at the awards ceremony, held on 21 July, Ms. Donkoh said that when the media give refugees and asylum-seekers a chance to tell their own stories, “you permit powerful images about the value of asylum to reach the wider public.” She said UNHCR hopes other communities across the United Kingdom and governments elsewhere in Europe would emulate London’s example and do more to ensure that refugees are integrated. read more

The International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (to be known as CICIG, its Spanish acronym) will have an initial mandate of two years, pending approval by the country’s Congress. It will be able to conduct its own investigations and also help local institutions, particularly the Office of the Public Prosecutor.One of its tasks is to recommend public policies and any legal or institutional measures for eradicating the illegal armed groups and preventing their re-emergence.While CICIG will be an independent, non-UN body, its commissioner will be appointed by the Secretary-General and report periodically to him.Under-Secretary-General Ibrahim Gambari and Guatemalan Vice-President Eduardo Stein signed an agreement in New York today to create CICIG, whose costs are expected to be borne by voluntary contributions from the international community.Mr. Gambari said the UN is trying to help Guatemala as it moves to “solidify democracy and the rule of law by exposing and dismantling criminal groups that grew out of the armed conflict,” which ended in 1996 through UN-brokered peace agreements.Concern has been mounting in recent years that illegal security groups and clandestine security organizations have continued to operate with impunity, conducting criminal activities and violating human rights.The agreement details how such behaviour weakens “the ability of the State to fulfil its obligation to guarantee the protection of the life and physical integrity of its citizens and provide full access to justice, with the resulting loss of confidence of citizens in the democratic institutions of the country.” read more

first_imgIt has been reported that Theo Theophanous MP, after having charges dismissed on the rape case against him and not being committed for trial, will launch a parliamentary action that could result in the lawyer who prosecuted him being jailed. Mr Theophanous will invoke the full powers of, traditional and rarely used, parliamentary privileges against prosecutor Michelle Williams, SC. It was reported in The Sunday Age that Mr Theophanous has written to Legislative Council president Bob Smith asking him to forestall the other business of the House on Tuesday to give precedence to his motion alleging Ms Williams breached privilege when she used a parliamentary speech by Mr Theophanous from 2006, against him during his recent committal hearing.If he succeeds in securing vote to motion to refer the matter to the privileges committee it will be the first time in 40 years that a question of privilege has been addressed by any forum of the upper house. The committee has the power to reprimand, fine and on theory at least, jail Ms Williams for up to 15 months if it finds she breached the constitution. Under Victoria State Constitution Act, MPs “shall hold, enjoy and exercise such and the like privileges, immunities and powers as at the 21st day of July 1855 were held, enjoyed and exercised by the House of Commons of Great Britain and Ireland.” As part of this, is the right that politicians enjoy of being able to speak freely without fear that what they may say will later be held against them in the courts. During the case Ms Williams read out a passage from one of Mr Theophanous’ parliamentary speeches in which he said that rape victims should be protected from questioning in court about their sexual history. In his speech he said that the court could be “re-traumatising through the very process.” Ms Williams accused Mr Theophanous’ lawyer, Robert Richter QC, through his questioning of a witness of, “flouting the intention of this legislation that was moved by his client.”It has been reported in The Sunday Age that the Clerk of the Senate Harry Evans believed that this was a breach of privilege. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgDot Switch : le futur du contrôle domotique bientôt présenté par SonySony dévoile dans un clip vidéo Dot Switch, un système qui transformerai votre smartphone de la marque japonaise en point de contrôle de votre équipement high-tech à la maison. La vidéo publiée par Sony, même si elle reste une publicité, donne bien le ton sur ce que pourrait être Dot Switch. Le groupe japonais, souvent dispersé dans ses gammes de produits, offre ici une première solution d’unification de son catalogue, rapporte Engadget.À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Dot Switch se présente comme une technologie, ici intégrée dans un Xperia, les smartphones de la marque, et permet pour l’utilisateur qui est mis en scène, de mettre en marche tous les produits de son intérieur, que ce soit la télévision, le système musical ou même un projecteur de confettis, qui est bien évidemment indispensable dans le salon de tous les technophiles qui se respectent.L’intêret du clip est aussi de donner une date pour la présentation complète de cette technologie, et pourquoi pas de ce standard si Sony souhaite le licencier à tous les constructeurs. On en apprendra donc plus en février prochain puisque la vidéo ne donne aucun détail technique. Mais cette proposition de contrôle domotique fait entrevoir les prochains usages high-tech au sein de nos intérieurs. Les smartphones sont-ils destinés à être les clés de tous nos usages futurs ? Dot Switch répond par l’affirmative.Découvrez le Dot Switch en vidéo sur Maxisciences.Le 17 janvier 2012 à 17:23 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Video: Triple H speaks about the condition of Cole and Gargano following TakeOver: Toronto

first_img WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Google+ Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Wrestleview.com’s Victoria Tedesco spoke with Paul “Triple H” Levesque (above) during last night’s Post-NXT TakeOver: Toronto conference call with the media.Triple H talked about the condition of Adam Cole and Johnny Gargano following their brutal 2-out-of-3 Falls NXT Championship match. He also addresses Johnny Gargano’s injury that kept him off the road and if he is fine coming out of the match.Other highlights include:— Triple H was asked about Matt Riddle calling out people like Goldberg, Lance Storm, and Chris Jericho on social media recently. Triple H said it’s social media, Riddle is outspoken, and is a big boy.— Someone asked about another all-women’s PPV. Triple H said they could do that, but it’s better if the men and women all perform on equal ground.— Triple H was asked about Vince McMahon saying WWE was past blood and guts, yet there was weapons and brutality in the 2-out-of-3 falls match including some blood on Adam Cole’s back. Triple H argued with the caller by saying there was no intentional blood and you cannot count a scratch from a table as “blood and guts”. There was nothing out of the norm that isn’t done on normal WWE television. Triple H said people are just digging deep and coming up with conspiracy theories.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipIs WWE Losing Its Audience?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:29/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Triple H Now Playing Up Next Triple H Returning To The US Following Injury At Crown Jewel Facebook Videos Articles Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articlescenter_img WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Twitter WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Now Playing Up Next Triple H Talks Neville On NXT Conference Call NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in action Pinterest Vince Mcmahonlast_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo will be replaced at Real Madrid

first_imgOne of Real Madrid defenders Alvaro Odriozola is confident his club will replace Cristiano Ronaldo as they plan for a new season.Ronaldo shockingly departed Los Blancos for Juventus earlier this month, after having a smashing record for the Spanish giants which stands at an incredible 450 goals in 438 appearances in all competitions.It appears Madrid is on the lookout for a new star to replace Ronaldo having been linked with a move for Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani and Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard who is believed to be on the club’s list of targets.Odriozola who joined Real Madrid from Real Sociedad believes that Ronaldo will be replaced before this summer’s transfer window closes for business.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“I start to look at the squad and remember that this team won the Champions League just two months ago,” Odriozola told reporters as quoted in Sports Mole.“For me this is the best club in the world and I’m certain we are going to replace Cristiano.”Madrid will continue their preparations for the new campaign with a pre-season clash against Juventus on Saturday night.last_img read more

POLICE LOG for June 15 Wilmington Teen Issued Summons Rabbit Rescued

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Friday, June 15, 2018:Animal Control Officer transported rabbit with eye injury to Tufts Vet Hospital. (1:00pm)Lifeguards closed Town Beach at 2pm due to weather. Police secured gates. (2:05pm)A walk-in party reported a hit and run on Middlesex Avenue. (8:39pm)Police moved a couple of people off the basketball courts at Yentile Farm due to park hours. (10:01pm)Jason A. Trudelle (18, Wilmington) was issued a summons for Unlicensed Operation Of A Motor Vehicle and Person Under 21 Possessing Alcohol. (10:20pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 22: You Got In Trouble With The Law; 3-Car Crash On Middlesex Ave.In “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 21: Driver Issued Summons; Solicitors Going Door To Door Without Required PermitIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 15: Wilmington Man Arrested; Driver Issued Summonses; Teens Bullying At Plaza?In “Police Log”last_img read more