Ilayathalapathy meets Thalapathy: Vijay visits Rajinikanth on the sets of 2.0

first_imgVijay, who recently wrapped up the shoot for his upcoming actioner Bairavaa, met superstar Rajinikanth at MGR Film City, where the Kabali actor was reportedly shooting for 2.0.Though it was a cordial meeting between both the superstars of Tamil cinema, the news has created quite a stir in the Tamil circuit. ALSO READ: Kajol to work with Dhanush in Velai Illa Pattadhari 2? ALSO READ: Rajinikanth’s 2.0 budget goes up to a whopping Rs 400 croreSpeaking about the meeting, a source was quoted by The Times Of India as saying, “It was a surprise for the entire film unit to know that Rajini sir was shooting in the same location. Vijay immediately visited the set to have a friendly chat with Rajini sir. However, the actor didn’t pose for a picture with him, as Superstar was sporting a particular look for the film.”While Ilayathalapathy Vijay’s commercial entertainer Bairavaa will hit the screens on the auspicious occasion of Pongal, Thalaivar’s 2.0 will release on Diwali next year.Bairavaa, which is directed by Bharathan of Azhagiya Thamizh Magan fame, stars Keerthy Suresh, Sathish and YG Mahendra in pivotal roles.The teaser of Bairavaa was out on Diwali (November 28) and opened to great response from the audience and has clocked more than 10 million views on YouTube.WATCH HERE: All about Rajinikanth’s 2.0last_img read more

Olympic Council of Asia warns India over refusal to grant visa to Kosovo boxer

first_imgOlympic Council of Asia (OCA) has written to Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, raising strong objection following the refusal of visa to a Kosovo boxer who was scheduled to participate in the Women’s World Boxing Championships in India.The Indian government doesn’t recognise Kosova as a sovereign country, a disputed European nation.In a strongly worded letter written to Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Batra, OCA President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah made it clear that denying visa to Sadiku could have long reaching ramifications.International Olympic Committee cannot arm-twist India”The incident has seriously cast a doubt on the eligibility of India in hosting major international sporting events and other major games, like the Olympics, Asian Games et, in India,” OCA President wrote in his letter, which is in possession of PTI.Also Read – Women’s World Boxing Championships: Delhi smog forces boxers to wear masks, scarvesAl-Fahad Al-Sabah also cited how Spain despite not recognising Kosovo as a sovereign country, allowed its athletes to participate in a sporting event held in the country.Kosovo recently faced similar problems during the World Karate Championships in Spain, which also doesn’t recognise Kosovo.Also read – Mary Kom raises concern over Delhi air pollution ahead of AIBA World ChampionshipsBut the Spanish government went out its way to ensure that the athletes from Kosovo get entry into Spain and participated in the Championships.The OCA President reminded Rathore and Batra about the rules of Olympic Charter.advertisement”As you are aware as per Olympic Charter and OCA constitution, it is the duty of the organizing committee to provide entry to every eligible athlete participating in a major championship without discrimination,” the OCA President wrote.(With PTI inputs)Also Watch – Ravi Shastri not my yes man, nobody has said no to me more often: Virat Kohlilast_img read more

Football transfer rumours: Gelson Martins to Liverpool? Malcom to Arsenal?

first_imgReuse this content Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Rumour mill Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Transfer window Topics features Share on Twitter Football Alexis Sánchez close to Old Trafford move after missing Arsenal defeat Despite having beaten Manchester City without Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool are still interested in signing another nifty attacker this January and are hoping Thomas Lemar will grab the little Brazilian’s old wand, perform some nifty tricks and generally sprinkle some magic around Anfield when Jürgen Klopp is banging his head against a wall during 0-0 draws with West Brom. But the Ligue 1 club have seen the cash-rich Reds coming. They’ve chalked £90m on a board outside the Stade Louis II Stadium. That’s the price they want this January otherwise they’ll wait until the summer when they’ll take the bobby-dazzler to auction and encourage needy clubs – The Mill’s looking at you Arsenal – to start a bidding war.But Jürgen Klopp wants someone to swell his attacking ranks, so Anfield admin bods have warmed up the fax machine and are readying an offer of around £25m for Sporting Lisbon’s Gelson Martins, who possesses electric pace, a hefty shot, the penchant for a sneaky dummy and a buyout clause of £53m. It says here that Liverpool have already agreed to pay him £80,000 a week, which is five times his salary at Sporting. Now if only they can match that valuation. Share on LinkedIn Word is that Alexis Sánchez is finally going to do one out of the Emirates and it looks like he is on his way to Manchester United having had his head turned by the prospect of trousering £350,000 per week. Apparently Manchester City have told Sánchez where to go having been asked for the moon on a stick by his agent. Basically, they weren’t willing to be taken for a ride. That left the road clear for José Mourinho to work his way up to a steady gallop before hopping on board in the hope of snaffling the crafty creative juice in the Chilean’s energetic little legs. Mind you, this is football, so he’ll probably end up somewhere random, like the Glipton Grasshoppers. If he does go to Old Trafford, then Arsenal expect Henrikh Mkhitaryan to be bundled on to the first train to Euston as part of the deal. Some loose chat by Nantes boss Claudio Ranieri has led to speculation that Lucas Moura is going to upgrade his cameo role at PSG for a slightly more involved part in José Mourinho’s moody northern drama at Manchester United. He’ll cost £35.5m. It took a defeat for Pep Guardiola to realise that Fernandinho is 32 and won’t last forever. So Manchester City scouts are lining up a Brazilian clone in the shape of Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fred, a player with a name so northern-sounding it was always going to earn him a move to the streets of Beswick. He’ll cost City £45m, at least. While we’re on Brazilian names, Arsenal want Bordeaux’s Malcom. The bad news for headline writers is that he doesn’t play in the middle. He’s generally a right-sided forward and he’ll cost the Gunners £40m, around £5m more than they were hoping to snaffle him for. It turns out that when Mark Hughes said “Who else is going to manage Stoke?” he had a point. Hot on the heels of Gary Rowett saying no and Espanyol boss Quique Sánchez Flores performing one of the the biggest U-turns in football since Didi Hamann realised that Bolton wasn’t Manchester, Martin O’Neill has turned his nose up at the job. Sánches Flores had agreed a deal to manage the Potters but for one reason or another, changed his mind. But don’t get your hopes up Curbs, Slaven Bilic can expect a phone call.Crystal Palace are hoping Fiorentina will happily take £15m off them for the 24-year-old Senegal striker Khouma Babacar. Oh, and we live in a world where Chelsea would happily borrow Andy Carroll off West Ham. Read morelast_img read more

10 months ago​Romeu calls on Southampton to step up in Holjbjerg absence

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Romeu calls on Southampton to step up in Holjbjerg absenceby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOriol Romeu wants to see his side come together in the absence of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.During the defeat to Manchester City, Hojbjerg received a straight red card in the 85th minute. It will be tough for the Saints in the absence of their captain, especially as they are fighting to stay out of the relegation zone.But Romeu is confident they can cope.Romeu said to reporters after the game: “It’s going to be a massive loss.”He has been amazing this season and is doing very well.”The red card was a pity because the game was over and in this type of game you don’t want to lose players for four matches, so it’s going to be tough.”He just tried to get the ball back, but the referee understood that it was a bit too hard.”It will be down to the other players to step up and fill that gap.”The season has ups and downs. We are going to have some points where we lose a lot of players and not have that many.”But the ones that are there are going to have to come in, step up and do their job. They have to be ready for the road.” last_img read more

What’s the score: How cricketers-turned-politicians fare in elections

first_img Nikhil Rampal New DelhiMarch 23, 2019UPDATED: March 25, 2019 18:57 IST (Photo: IANS)Now that former cricketer Gautam Gambhir has officially joined the Bharatiya Janata Party, speculation around his political career have started to rise. This is not the first time that cricketers are batting on the political pitch.According to Historian Ram Guha, the first ever cricketer to join politics was Palwankar Baloo, a Dalit leader who contested for a by-election in Bombay Municipality in 1933-34 and lost to a Parsi doctor Homi F Pavri.In 1937, the Congress party contested him against Bhim Rao Ambedkar. Baloo gave tough competition to Ambedkar, however he lost by a margin of more than 2,000 votes. The first Indian cricketer-turned-politician post independence was Nawab Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi who contested in 1971. Thus, the first cricketer-turned-politician of India was a Dalit and a Nawab.Cricketers, especially those performing well, have a fan following which helps them to attract the masses. But does this translate into political success?India Today Data Intelligence Unit has identified 10 famous cricketers of independent India who joined politics and assessed them on the basis of five parameters:a) Joining a political partyb) Contesting a state assembly electionc) Contesting a Lok Sabha constituency electiond) Winning a state assembly electione) Winning a Lok Sabha constituency election Joining political partiesAll the above mentioned politicians were launched by a political party. None of them contested as an independent candidate.By launching four cricketers in politics, BJP tops the chart. Navjot Singh Sidhu (now in INC), Chetan Chauhan, Kirti Azad (now in INC) and Sreesanth’s political career started from BJP.advertisementNext in line is the Congress party which gave wings to two cricketers, Mohammad Azharuddin and Mohammad Kaif. Even though the INC had given a ticket to Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi for Bhopal Lok Sabha constituency in 1991, he was first launched by Vishal Haryana Party from Gurgaon constituency in 1971.Manoj Prabhakar, Vinod Kambli and Praveen Kumar joined All India Indira Congress (Tiwari), Lok Bharti Party and Samajwadi Party respectively. Getting a ticket for state assembly pollsOnly five out of the ten cricketers contested the state assembly elections. These names include Navjot Singh Sidhu (Congress), Kirti Azad (BJP), Chetan Chauhan (BJP), Vinod Kambli (Lok Bharti Party) and Sreesanth (BJP).Getting a ticket for Lok Sabha pollsPolitical parties seem to be more interested in fielding cricketers in Lok Sabha polls rather than the state assembly polls. While the number of cricketers contesting in state assembly polls was five, there were seven cricketers who have contested for Lok Sabha polls.Navjot Singh Sidhu (Amritsar), Kirti Azad (Darbhanga), Chetan Chauhan (Amroha), Mohammad Azharuddin (Moradabad), Manoj Prabhakar (South Delhi), Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi (Bhopal and Gurgaon) and Mohammad Kaif (Allahabad) have been given tickets to Lok Sabha polls by political parties in the past.Winning a state assembly pollThe success rate of cricketers contesting a state assembly election is 60 percent.Out of the five cricketers who contested the state assembly polls, only three recorded a victory. Out of the three winners, two are currently serving as Cabinet ministers in their respective state governments.Navjot Singh Sidhu is an MLA from Amritsar East assembly seat in 2017 and holds the portfolio of Minister of Local Government, Tourism, Cultural Affairs, Archives and Museums in Punjab Government.In 2017, Chetan Chauhan got elected from Naugawan Sadat (Amroha), Uttar Pradesh. He is currently the minister of Sports, Youth Welfare, Vocational Education, and Skill Development in the Uttar Pradesh government.Kirti Azad became an MLA from Gole Market assembly seat, Delhi in 1993.Sreesanth contested from the BJP’s ticket in Kerala assembly polls from Thiruvananthapuram seat in 2016 and lost to INC’s VS Sivakumar.Vinod Kambli contested the 2009 Maharashtra Assembly election from Vikhroli seat in Mumbai where he managed to garner only 3,861 votes and lost to MNS candidate Mangesh Sangle by a margin of around 50,000 votes.Winning a Lok Sabha electionThe success rate of the ten cricketers mentioned contesting a Lok Sabha election is 57.14 per cent which is lower than the success rate of cricketers contesting in state assembly polls.Out of the seven cricketers who contested the Lok Sabha polls, only four won a Lok Sabha election.Sidhu, Azad and Chauhan have received victory in the Lok Sabha polls. Sidhu won Amritsar seat in 2004, Azad is serving his third term as Lok Sabha MP from Darbhanga and Chauhan has been an MP from Amroha in 1991 and 1998.In 2015, the Bharatiya Janata Party suspended Kirti Azad after he levelled allegations against finance minister Arun Jaitley of being connected in irregularities in the Delhi district cricket association (DDCA)advertisementIn February 2019, Kirti Azad joined the Congress party. Mohammad Azharuddin is the fourth cricketer who won the Moradabad Lok Sabha constituency of Uttar Pradesh in 2009.INC’s Mohammad Kaif lost from his hometown Allahabad in 2014 Lok Sabha polls. Manoj Prabhakar contested from the South Delhi seat on All India Indira Congress (Tiwari)’s ticket in 1996 where he could manage only 3.34 per cent votes and lost.Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi fought the Lok Sabha elections twice. First in 1971, from Gurgaon constituency on Vishal Haryana Party’s ticket which he lost as Indira Gandhi had gained popularity at that time.He gave another try in politics in 1991, from Bhopal on INC’s ticket, however he lost it to the BJP candidate Sushil Chandra Verma. At that time, the Ram Janmabhoomi movement was on a rise that tolled his political career and he did not contest again.Praveen Kumar, who joined the Samajwadi Party ahead of 2017 UP assembly polls said that he would take two to three years to learn politics and thus has not contested any of the elections.Also Read | Former cricketer Gautam Gambhir joins BJPAlso Watch | Navjot Singh Sidhu’s popularity soars over Kartarpur initiative: PSE surveyGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShifa Naseer Tags :Follow Former cricketersFollow Gautam GambhirFollow BJP What’s the score: How cricketers-turned-politicians fare in electionsWith the induction of former cricketer Gautam Gambhir in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), it is only fair to look back at former cricketers who sought a political career the past. India Today Data Intelligence Unit has identified 10 famous cricketers who joined politics in independent India.advertisementlast_img read more

I abused Trent Boult a little: Amit Mishra on missing 4th IPL hat-trick

first_imgI abused Trent Boult a little: Amit Mishra on missing 4th IPL hat-trickIn the 12th over of the Rajasthan’s innings, Amit Mishra dismissed Shreyas Gopal and Stuart Binny off successive balls and had a chance of taking his fourth IPL hat-trick but Trent Boult dropped the catch of K Gowtham. commentary graphs No data available! advertisementcenter_img Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiMay 5, 2019UPDATED: May 5, 2019 10:41 IST Trent Boult’s missed catch prevented Amit Mishra from taking his 4th IPL hat-trick (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSDelhi defeated Royals by five wickets and Mishra was named Player of the MatchMishra returned with figures of 3 for 17 at the Feroz Shah KotlaMishra is the second highest wicket-taker in IPL history with 155 wicketsDelhi Capitals’ Amit Mishra admitted he did abuse Trent Boult a little after he denied the leg-spinner his first hat-trick of this edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in their last group stage game against the Rajasthan Royals.On Saturday, Delhi defeated Royals by five wickets and Mishra was named Player of the Match as he returned with figures of 3 for 17 at the Feroz Shah Kotla. However, he was disappointed that he couldn’t take his fourth IPL hat-trick.In the 12th over of the Rajasthan’s innings, Mishra dismissed Shreyas Gopal and Stuart Binny off successive balls and had a chance of taking his fourth IPL hat-trick but Boult dropped, what looked like a simple catch of K Gowtham.”I don’t know if I have a love affair with the IPL but I am sad about the missed hat-trick. I abused him a little after Boult dropped the catch. I told him it was a simple catch and he could have taken it. Why did you jump unnecessarily?” said the leggie with a laughter at the post-match presentation ceremony.”I told him off in English but he said sorry two or three times so it’s fine,” he added.The 4th #VIVOIPL hat-trick that wasn’t!@MishiAmit felt hard done by missing out on another hat-trick but was happy that his and @ImIshant’s 3-fors helped @DelhiCapitals to a home win before the playoffs. By @tanmoym. #DCvRRWatch the full video – https://t.co/ogiIeS1aeH pic.twitter.com/9QBGf6rRIuIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 5, 2019The 36-year-old is the second highest wicket-taker in IPL history with 155 wickets.advertisementMishra said he believes in building pressure with his stock delivery and understood why batsmen want to play him off without giving him too many wickets. So far, he has taken nine wickets in the nine matches he has played for the Delhi-based franchise in this season.”I always try to bowl my stock ball more, because that is important to build pressure. I didn’t get a lot of wickets this season because batsmen are trying to play me out,” he added.Also Read | IPL 2019 Playoff Scenarios: KKR, SRH and KXIP in three-way battle for last spotAlso Read | IPL 2019: Rishabh Pant breaks Virender Sehwag record for Delhi CapitalsAlso Read | IPL 2019: Delhi Capitals win by 5 wickets to eliminate Rajasthan RoyalsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Trent BoultFollow Amit MishraFollow DC vs RRFollow IPL 2019 scorecard view more view lesslast_img read more

EU Provides Funding to Develop Forest Sector

first_img The plan is being financed under the Budget Support Programme of the 11th European Development Fund (EDF). Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Department and Conservator of Forests, Marilyn Headley, tells JIS NEWS that the support will help to execute the plan, which was completed in 2017 and approved by Parliament in February, 2018. Some 14 million Euros will be spent by the Forestry Department to implement a National Forest Management and Conservation Plan, which is a 10-year blueprint for the building of a vibrant, sustainable and climate-resilient forest sector. Story Highlights Some 14 million Euros will be spent by the Forestry Department to implement a National Forest Management and Conservation Plan, which is a 10-year blueprint for the building of a vibrant, sustainable and climate-resilient forest sector.The plan is being financed under the Budget Support Programme of the 11th European Development Fund (EDF).Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Department and Conservator of Forests, Marilyn Headley, tells JIS NEWS that the support will help to execute the plan, which was completed in 2017 and approved by Parliament in February, 2018.She informs that a number of priority areas have been identified for action over the next four years, which include strengthening the policy and legislative framework for the forest sector.“We are going to look at our legislation. We are going to be looking at amending our Forest Act,” she says.She notes that reforestation of degraded lands will be undertaken, with depleted hillsides and areas along the coastlines replanted.In addition, the Department will work with the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) on the mapping of mangroves and swamp forests, with the objective of producing a National Mangrove Management Plan.Miss Headley tells JIS NEWS that the budgetary support will also help to accelerate the boundary verification programme for sustainable and inclusive forest management and identify a new boundary of the Cockpit Country.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, in a statement in Parliament last November, said that the designated boundary of the Cockpit Country Protected Area, comprising approximately 74,726 hectares, would be safeguarded under specific legislation.“The Forestry Department has been given the job to go out there and do the groundwork, so we are doing all the boundary identification of the Cockpit Country,” Miss Headley notes.Other areas of focus include improving watershed management planning within selected forest estates, and improvement of the National Forest Database to target privately-owned closed broadleaf and mangrove forests.Miss Headley tells JIS NEWS that a number of forest-dependent communities will receive special attention. She notes that “a big chunk of the support programme” has been allocated for the development of livelihoods in those areas.She explains that the plan is to launch about 40 livelihood projects across Jamaica, where people will undertake economic activity, which does not destroy the forests.Miss Headley indicates that public education will also be strengthened to increase knowledge of climate change mitigation and forest conservation issues.She says that the Forestry Department will be working with a number of other entities to implement the plan, including National Land Agency (NLA), Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) and the Social Development Commission (SDC).“It brings everybody together for the benefit of protecting our national resources,” she notes.Head of the EU Delegation to Jamaica, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, in expressing support for the National Forest Management and Conservation Plan, says it will help to build the country’s resilience s against climate change.She notes that Jamaica and the wider region “are vulnerable and troubled with risks of hurricanes. So it is important to focus on resilience to environmental disasters but also protect the environment.”“We are happy to do what we can do to assist Jamaica to manage this better,” she adds.The European Development Fund (EDF) is the main source of EU Development Aid for the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Countries.Jamaica’s allocation for the EDF is €46 million with the focus areas of environment and climate change, justice, and public financial management.Ambassador Wasilewska tells JIS NEWS that the EU “stands ready to assist Jamaica in trying to reach prosperity, improve its economic growth and create jobs for the people, improve the delivery and access to justice in a timely manner, improve health care and better protection from climate change and environmental disasters.”last_img read more

From Nunavut to Guinea and a Circus Without Borders

first_imgAPTN National NewsAPTN helped open the 25th edition of the annual First Peoples Festival in Montreal.The network presented the documentary Circus Without Borders.The film chronicles two acrobats from opposite sides of the world and how they’re using their unique skills to change their communities.APTN’s Tamara Ainscow has the story.last_img

Egyptian columnist stirs anger for insulting Moroccan women

first_imgRabat– An Egyptian columnist has stirred anger in Morocco after describing women in the North African kingdom as having a “bad reputation” of inviting men’s attention.In a recent column published by el-Fagr newspaper, Mohammad Atallah wrote that Egyptian footballer Amr Zaki, who recently joined Raja Casablanca, could lose his focus on football in Morocco, which he said is “famous for its nightclubs and women with bad reputation.”The columnist cited several examples portraying the country as the “Las Vegas” of North Africa. He said Algeria’s football team lost to Morocco 0-4 in 2011 after too much indulgence in sexual pleasures in Marakech, where the match was played. Even Bayern Munich’s players, who live in the more open Europe, could not resist the temptation of Moroccan women after winning the Club World Cup last month, Atallah added.His is column “Amr Zaki and Moroccan women” didn’t take long to be picked by Morocco’s most popular news website Hespress, which published an article about it, giving rise to angry reactions from Moroccans on the internet.The reactions, some of which were insulting to Egypt and threatening to the writer, prompted him to issue a statement on Friday, saying his comments were taken out of context.“The objective of my column was not to insult Moroccan women, but to urge the player not to be dragged by temptations and that he should remain focused on his career with Raja Casablanca,” Atallah said.Source: Al Arabiyalast_img read more

Housing minister meets in Zagreb with Croatian peer

first_imgZagreb – Housing Minister Nabil Benabdallah met, on Tuesday in Zagreb, with his Croatian counterpart Anka Marak Tarias on means to carry out a fruitful housing cooperation with Croatia. The two officials gave short presentations on the housing policy of Morocco and Croatia respectively with the aim of sharing expertize.Benabdallah told MAP that he exchanged ideas with the Croatian official on Morocco’s and Croatia’s housing, urban development and city’s policy. Croatia faced 20 years ago rural exodus and dealt with it and Morocco is facing today the same problem and trying to put it right, he added.last_img read more

Mohammed VI Museum to Make Picasso Exhibition Free July 2731

Rabat – The previously paid-for ‘Facing Picasso’ exhibition at Rabat’s Mohammed VI Museum will be free from Thursday, July 27, until it closes on Monday, July 31.115 works of Pablo Picasso, a Spanish painter, sculptor, designer, poet, and playwright, are on show at the exhibition, which has so far attracted 32,000 visitors.Opened in May, the exhibition is a collaborative effort between the National Museum Foundation of Morocco (FNMM) and the National Museum Picasso-Paris. The show is a chronological journey of Picasso’s masterpieces, across the different disciplines encompassing his career. Colline Zellal, Facing Picasso’s curator, noted that the exhibition aimed to showcase the different styles the Spaniard used and revolutionized during his life, with the theme of the artist and his model.The exhibition and museum will be closed on July 30 to celebrate the anniversary of King Mohammed VI’s enthronement. read more

Myanmar top UN officials call for release of Daw Aung San Suu

High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour voiced her “profound disappointment,” calling on the Government to unconditionally release Ms. Suu Kyi.“Her release will be critical in facilitating national reconciliation and democratic transition, to which the Myanmar leadership has committed itself,” Ms. Arbour said in a statement.The detention of Ms. Suu Kyi, who is the General Secretary of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Myanmar and a Nobel laureate, was extended on 27 May. She has been under house arrest for 12 of the last 18 years and her current period of detention began in 2003.“These continued severe restrictions on the freedom of expression and movement against Daw Aung San Suu Kyi contravene basic human rights,” the High Commissioner noted. “They come at a time when the people of Myanmar are suffering hard and their suffering should not be compounded by more restrictive measures.”In addition, Ms. Arbour expressed concern at the arrest on Tuesday of at least 15 members of the NLD who were marching towards Ms. Suu Kyi’s house.General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim also urged the release of “all political detainees” in Myanmar and expressed his “disappointment” over the decision to extend Ms. Suu Kyi’s house arrest. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Kerim “continues to believe that it is important to have serious engagement and strong commitment from all parties to continue the process of national reconciliation that needs to be credible and inclusive and must lead to concrete results as envisaged by the relevant General Assembly resolutions.” 28 May 2008Top United Nations officials today expressed their disappointment over the decision by the Government of Myanmar to extend the house arrest of pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. read more

British police attempt to smash SouthEast Asian sex trafficking ring – UN

18 November 2008Police raids on several hundred buildings in the United Kingdom have recovered dozens of sex trafficking victims, mostly from East and South-East Asia, and led to legal charges against dozens of suspects, according to a United Nations report released today. The largest ever police operation to target sex trafficking in the UK recovered some 167 women and girls forced to work in the sex industry, including 13 children – the youngest just 15 years old.The UN Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking (UNIAP) reported that 528 suspects were arrested during the investigation, code-named Operation Pentameter 2 (UKP2), after UK police raided 157 massage parlours and saunas, and 582 residential premises across the country. Within a month after the arrests were made, more than 80 individuals were charged for a variety of offences and a number of others remain on bail while investigations continue, said the UN Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking (UNIAP) report.The UNIAP report also noted that the bulk of criminal activity of trafficking for sexual exploitation into the UK originates in South-East Asia, where victims are controlled by debt bondage. Most of the other victims came from Eastern Europe and were coerced into the sex industry through violence.The operation attacked suspects’ finances and assets as a strategy to cause maximum disruption to their criminal activities. Through UKP2 investigations over £500,000 (about $750,000) in cash has been seized and more than £3 million in further assets was initially restrained pending further investigation, but this figure may increase.UNIAP was established to facilitate a stronger and more coordinated response to human trafficking, in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS), comprising Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam. read more

Evidence emerging of use of rape as tool of war in Libya

“We have information to confirm that it was a policy in Libya to rape those who were against the Government,” Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the ICC Prosecutor told reporters at United Nations Headquarters. “We are getting some information that [Libyan leader Muammar al-] Qadhafi decided to [use] rape. Rape is a new aspect of the repression,” said Mr. Moreno-Ocampo.“We are finding some elements confirming this issue of acquisition of Viagra-type of medicaments to show a policy. They were buying containers with products to enhance the possibility to rape, and we are getting the information in detail confirming the policy. We are trying to see who was involved,” he added.ICC prosecutors last month requested the court’s judges to issue arrest warrants for Mr. Qadhafi, one of his sons and the head of the country’s intelligence forces, accusing them of committing crimes against humanity during the ongoing conflict in the North African nation. Mr. Moreno-Ocampo said at the time that his office had gathered direct evidence detailing the orders issued by Mr. Qadhafi, the role of Saif Al Islam Qadhafi in recruiting mercenaries, and the participation of intelligence chief Abdullah Al Sanousi in attacks against demonstrators.In his press conference today, Mr. Moreno-Ocampo said a rape charge is likely be added to the previous ones, once the investigations are completed and after the judges have made a ruling on the first set of charges.Meanwhile, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Libya, Abdul Elah al-Khatib, is continuing his contacts with the principal parties to the conflict on the way forward in the search for a political solution.Mr. Khatib met yesterday with the authorities in the capital, Tripoli, including the Prime Minister and the Chair of the People’s Congress. He urged them to share their views with the UN regarding a transitional period that would allow for a political process that meets the legitimate aspirations of the Libyan people.Today, visiting the opposition-held city of Benghazi, Mr. Khatib discussed the same issues with the Transitional National Council Chairman Mustafa Abdel Jalil. Mr. Khatib’s objective is to determine how best to help the Libyan parties agree on a transition linked to a political process that would end the current fighting in the country.The special envoy will attend tomorrow’s meeting of the International Contact Group for Libya in Abu Dhabi, along with the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, B. Lynn Pascoe. 8 June 2011Investigators with the International Criminal Court (ICC) are gathering evidence that the Libyan leadership is using rape as a tool of war and repression and had even acquired large quantities of drugs for its soldiers in an apparent bid to make them more likely to commit sexual assault, the court’s prosecutor said today. read more

Lightning strikes Pannala School

Lightning had struck the Pannala Inggamdaula Gemunu Maha Vidyalaya during the heavy rain experienced this morning.Children studying in the Year 5 class were affected by the lightning and were rushed to hospital. Among those suffering from shock were 8 girls, the police said. (Colombo Gazette) Lightning struck a school in Pannala this morning resulting in several children being hospitalized.The police said that 14 children were admitted to hospital after suffering from shock following the incident. read more

MP Athuraliye Rathana to back caretaker Government

He said that when one party resigns the Government is dissolved. Parliamentarian, the venerable Athuraliye Rathana Thero has decided to support the caretaker Government including the appointment of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister.The venerable Athuraliye Rathana Thero said that he feels the appointment of Rajapaksa is Constitutional. The monk said that the coalition Government was formed between the United National Party and the United People’s Freedom Alliance. The venerable Athuraliye Rathana Thero said that he will continue to sit as an independent MP in Parliament but will support the caretaker Government.He said that he had urged the President to have the caretaker Government in place for three months and then go for elections. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Police say missing Aylmer man was last seen in Milton

Halton Regional Police are asking for helping finding a man from Alymer who was last seen in Milton.Aaron Hibbert was last seen walking in the area of Steeles Ave. and Regional Road 25 on Thursday afternoon.Police say the 41-year-old sent an email to his employer indicating that he might be in crisis.Hibbert is known to frequent the Guelph and Kitchener-Waterloo regions.He was last seen wearing construction-type clothing, jeans and running shoes.He is 5’10” with a slim build and is likely wearing a baseball cap.Anyone with information is asked to call police. read more

Judge sides with House Republicans against health care law

by Sam Hananel And Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, The Associated Press Posted May 12, 2016 11:24 am MDT Last Updated May 12, 2016 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – In a setback for the Obama health care law, a federal judge ruled Thursday that the administration is unconstitutionally subsidizing medical bills for millions of people while ignoring congressional power over government spending.The ruling from U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer was a win for House Republicans who brought the politically charged legal challenge in an effort to undermine the law.If the decision is upheld, it could roil the health care law’s insurance markets, which are still struggling for stability after three years.Collyer said her ruling would be put on hold while it is appealed. The White House expressed confidence it would be overturned.At issue is the $175 billion the government is paying to reimburse health insurers over a decade to reduce deductibles and co-payments for lower-income people.The House argues that Congress never specifically appropriated that money and has denied an administration request for it. Collyer agreed that the administration is exceeding its constitutional authority by spending the money anyway. She rejected the administration’s argument that the law authorizes the money automatically because the program is considered an “entitlement” like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.House Republicans launched the lawsuit in 2014 over Democrats’ objections. The GOP-led House had already voted dozens of times to repeal all or parts of “Obamacare,” but those efforts went nowhere, failing to overcome opposition from Senate Democrats and the president.So the House turned its focus to tying up money spent on the law. Republican House leaders asserted that the Obama administration couldn’t spend money that lawmakers refused to provide.House Speaker Paul Ryan called the decision “an historic win for the Constitution and the American people.”“The court ruled that the administration overreached by spending taxpayer money without approval from the people’s representatives,” he said in a statement.White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that House Republicans ultimately would lose the case.“This suit represents the first time in our nation’s history that Congress has been permitted to sue the executive branch over a disagreement about how to interpret a statute,” Earnest said.“It’s unfortunate that Republicans have resorted to a taxpayer-funded lawsuit to refight a political fight that they keep losing,” Earnest added. “They have been losing this fight for six years. And they’ll lose it again.”The administration is expected to appeal Thursday’s ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, where a majority of active judges have been appointed by Democrats.Collyer was appointed to the district court by President George W. Bush, a Republican.About 12.7 million people are covered through insurance markets created by President Barack Obama’s law. The disputed subsidies help lower-earning customers afford out-of-pocket costs, such as annual insurance deductibles and co-payments when they seek medical care.These subsidies, called “cost-sharing reductions” are separate from the financial aid provided under the law to help people pay their monthly premiums, which would not be affected.But that doesn’t make the cost-sharing subsidies any less important. Without them, millions of people may not be able to afford to use their health insurance.Here’s why: The most popular policies are skinny plans with low monthly premiums but high deductibles and copayments. The average annual deductible for a silver plan — the kind picked by about 7 in 10 customers — is nearly $2,900, according to the consulting firm Avalere Health.Under the law, insurers have to provide cost-sharing assistance to consumers picking a silver plan who make up to two-and-a-half times the federal poverty level, which is $60,750 for a family of four.The government is then required to reimburse insurers for the cost of the subsidies. The administration maintains that’s automatically authorized, and it doesn’t have to go back to Congress for approval each year.But Collyer rejected that argument, saying appropriating the money is up to lawmakers. “That is Congress’ prerogative,” Collyer wrote. “The court cannot override it by rewriting” the law.If congressional approval is required, Congress’ GOP majority can just shut off the spending. And if that happens, the administration says the only option insurers have would be to raise premiums significantly.However, more insurers might just decide to bail out of the health law markets. Major companies already are struggling to make money on the program.The White House had earlier argued that the House had no legal authority to pursue its lawsuit, but Collyer rejected that argument and allowed it to proceed.In another case last year, the Supreme Court threw out a challenge to the law’s subsidies for premiums. The legal issues in that case were much different. 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Innovation in mining technology Five finalists set to take stage at DisruptMining

first_imgGoldcorp Inc and Integra Gold Corp have announced the five finalists and 11 semi-finalists for #DisruptMining, celebrating innovation in mining technology. “Selecting the five finalists and 11 semi-finalists was a difficult task for the selection committee, a testament to the number of revolutionary ideas and technologies put forth in the 153 submissions received. The sold-out live finale will take place on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at the Carlu in Toronto during the PDAC convention.The five finalists pitching their disruptive technology ‘shark-tank’ style to the panel of judges are:Bio-Mine Ltd Using a bio-intelligent, augmenting consortium of organisms designed specifically for ‘targeted’ metal recovery and remediation, this game changing environmental technology is programmable to specific mineralogy in many different environmental conditions. Discovered by Dr Vasu Appanna, a Professor and former Dean of Science and Engineering at Laurentian University, also led by company co-founder Kurtis Vanwallegham, Bio-Mine is set to drive the mining recovery and remediation sector towards the elusive and ultimate ‘0-footprint’ goal.Cementation Canada Inc Using a combination of existing and proven crushing, pumping and slurry technologies, Cementation has developed a proof of concept model for process injection hoisting that would eliminate the need for mine shaft production hoisting or trucking, transporting ore to the surface using a pump driven pipeline loop. The technology is adaptable to all mining methods and would substantially reduce energy consumption and ventilation requirements. The team at Cementation builds mines from design through to construction and this invention has the potential to revolutionize underground mine development to the benefit of the entire industry.Goldspot Discoveries developed a machine-learning algorithm capable of significantly improving mineral exploration targeting on both a regional and local scale. Goldspot Discoveries is revolutionizing the investment decision model by using the Goldspot Algorithm to stake acreage, acquire projects and royalties, and invest in public vehicles to create a portfolio of assets with the greatest reward to risk ratio. Managed by seasoned industry experts from both financial and technical backgrounds, the team is armed with a unique technological edge designed by the Data Miners, the next generation of mining genius and runners up in the 2016 Integra Gold Rush Challenge.Kore Geosystems Inc The true power of machine learning and artificial intelligence can only be unleashed with robust, high quality data inputs. KORE plans to install instruments onto the drill rig that can provide real-time, automated data accelerating timelines for multiple mining stages and decision-making intelligence. The KORE team, Vince Gerrie, Aaron Maher, Sebastian D. Goodfellow, Chris Drielsma, Patrick Hooker and Chris Lane, bring together years of expertise in geology, geophysics, software engineering, and technology development.TradeWind Markets Inc is a new electronic trading, settlement and custody platform for physical gold bullion. TradeWind Markets is using a combination of distributed ledger technology (blockchain) and exchange technology to unlock functionality in gold bullion, vaulted with a G7 Government counterparty. The business is a partnership between IEX, the Investors Exchange, a fair, simple and transparent stock exchange, and Sprott Asset Management, a globally recognized leader in precious metals investment.“Congratulations to Integra Gold, Goldcorp and the five finalists of this innovation challenge. This industry-driven effort to crowdsource ideas and support bold new approaches for stronger environmental performance and enhanced productivity will help ensure Canada’s minerals industry remains a source of jobs and opportunities for generations” stated the Honourable Jim Carr, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources.Deciding the fate of the five finalists will be David Harquail, CEO, Franco-Nevada Corp; Robert Herjavec, CEO, Herjavec Group and judge on ABC Television Network’s Shark Tank; Rob McEwen, Chairman & CEO, McEwen Mining; Todd White, COO, Goldcorp and Bernadette Wightman, President, Cisco Canada. Each finalist will have five minutes to pitch and defend their idea to the panel and demonstrate how their idea or technology has the potential to #DisruptMining. Judges will have two minutes to respond and ask questions.Goldcorp, represented by judge Todd White, has committed $1,000,000 for a proof of concept at one of its mines or investment in the winning technologies. The remaining four judges will represent $100,000 each. Following each presentation, any judge will have the ability to send a disruptor to the deal room to negotiate an investment.In addition to the five finalists, 11 semi-finalists have been chosen for the #DisruptMining daytime expo. The expo will take place on March 5, 2017 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST at the Carlu in Toronto. The 11 semi-finalists being showcased at the daytime expo are, Acoustic Zoom Inc, BGC Engineering Inc, Dundee Sustainable Technologies (DST), GeoLEARN, GroundTruth Exploration Inc, Heads Up Display Inc, Objectivity.ca, Minrail Inc, New Mining Solutions, Scanimetrics Inc and YieldPoint Inc. The picture shows gold ingots recovered by DST’s innovative process. See more on this and many other of the finalists and semi-finalists in International Mining’s April issue focus on Canadian technology.Integra Gold and Goldcorp thank the generous sponsors of #DisruptMining: Title sponsor Raymond James and event sponsors Macquarie and BMO.#DisruptMining is a marquee event during the annual PDAC conference that will showcase disruptive and exponential technologies with the potential to revolutionize the future of mining, from exploration and discovery to production and automation to financing, marketing and sustainability.Net proceeds from sponsorships and ticket sales at the #DisruptMining finale event will be donated to charities as well as used to create scholarships designed to spur innovation in mining.last_img read more