Newly-appointed ICC vice-president promises to end corruption from cricket

first_imgMoments after being appointed the vice president of the International Cricket Council (ICC ), AHM Mustafa Kamal on Tuesday made it clear that eradicating corruption in the gentleman’s game was one of his main aims in the near future.Initially, Kamal was set to be appointed during ICC’s Annual General Meeting in Kuala Lumpur in June, but his nomination was delayed and only the position of ICC president was filled, with Alan Isaac taking over from Sharad Pawar.In the wake of the recent controversy, where an Indian channel has exposed umpires’ willingness to fix games and pass vital information to bookies in exchange for money, Kamal said that no stone would be left unturned to ensure the game is not only played in the true spirit, but also adjudicated in an impartial manner. Speaking to Mail Today from Colombo, Kamal said: “The ICC maintains a zero-tolerance policy against corruption and now, with startling revelations about umpires too being involved in fixing, the noose has to be tightened further to ensure there is no scope to even think about crossing the line of fair play.”The ACSU (Anti-Corruption and Security Unit) of the ICC has been doing its best to ensure that fixing is wiped out from the system and every person involved with the game has been given strict instructions about what amounts to dishonesty and bringing the game to disrepute. I will personally join hands with them to ensure a corruption-free game.”Kamal further felt that if the umpires – often considered the ultimate authority on the field – have indeed stooped down to bribery and corruption, things will only get more difficult. He believes this needs to be nipped in the bud.”Players are sometimes lured because they are young and wish to live a flamboyant life way beyond their names. But if umpires too go that way, the situation worsens further. If the guardians of the game themselves falter, it sets a very negative example for the others. But first we need to investigate and see if they are guilty,” he said. Coming to his own appointment, Kamal said that it is a huge day not only for him, but also for Bangladesh cricket. “I am overwhelmed at being considered fit to hold such an important position. I feel this is not only an honour for me, but also Bangladesh cricket and the people of our country. It shows that we are taken just as seriously as the other top nations playing the game. I wish to bring repute to the nation through this appointment,” he said. Kamal also said that the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is looking to finalise a fullfledged tour of India next year. Although India participated in the first Test Bangladesh ever played, the eastern neighbour has never toured India.”The BCB is in talks with its Indian counterpart to ensure that Bangladesh plays in India next year. We feel that Bangladesh has come to a level where they can provide enough of a fight to tough opponents like India. When Bangladesh held its maiden Test in Dhaka against India, it was more a case of making the game more popular in our country and also to earn revenue. But now it’s strictly a cricketing decision and we are looking to finalise things on Wednesday,” said the man who will now need to vacate his position as BCB president.advertisementlast_img read more

Microsoft unveils three new smartphones at IFA 2014

first_imgMicrosoft has unveiled its ‘first affordable flagship windows smartphone’, Lumia 830 at IFA 2014. Other than this, successors of Lumia 720; Lumia 730 and Lumia 735 were also unveiled. The mid-range devices are capable of delivering high end performance, and are equipped with enhanced software to its camera app and Cortana voice-control technology- Microsoft claims. Showing high confidence on performance of these gadgets, Chris Weber, Corporate Vice-President Microsoft, compared the mid-range phones with Samsung Note 3 and iPhone 5S. “It’s on par with its flagship equivalents from Samsung and Apple. Our goal is to call out Apple and Samsung in terms of the premium they’re charging” Weber noted. Nokia Lumia 730 the lower end model sports 3G and dual SIM connectivity while its advanced version Lumia 735 comes with 4G LTE connectivity. Riding on the popularity of selfies, which are trending these days, Microsoft positioned Lumia 730 and Lumia 735 as selfie phones, as both gadgets house 5 MP front facing camera. On the contrary the brand has stressed upon Lumia 830’s rear camera.The shipping for the new gadgets will begin by the end of September.last_img read more

Liverpool Face Napoli Again, Barcelona Get Tough UEFA Champions League Draw

first_imgMonaco: Barcelona will have to come through a group containing both Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan after the three former winners all came out together in Thursday’s UEFA Champions League group stage draw in Monaco, while holders Liverpool will face Napoli again.Barcelona, Dortmund and Inter, with nine European Cups between them, were drawn together in Group F along with the Czech champions Slavia Prague. Beaten by Liverpool in the semi-finals last season, Lionel Messi and Barcelona remain favourites to advance as they seek a first Champions League crown since 2015.Dortmund won the trophy in 1997 and lost in the final in 2013. Now coached by Antonio Conte, Inter beat Barcelona in the semi-finals en route to winning the most recent of their three titles in 2010.Liverpool advanced from their group at the expense of Napoli last season on the way to lifting their sixth European Cup in Madrid, and Carlo Ancelotti’s side now have a chance to gain revenge.Both clubs will be fancied to progress from Group E, which is completed by Austrian champions Salzburg and Genk, the Belgian title-holders.Liverpool are hoping to return to this year’s final which will be played in Istanbul, where they won their fifth title back in 2005.After losing in last season’s final, Tottenham Hotspur can look forward to a meeting with German champions Bayern Munich in Group B.That will be the first meeting of the clubs since the 1983-84 UEFA Cup. They will also meet Greek champions Olympiakos and Red Star Belgrade of Serbia, the 1991 European Cup winners, in Group B.After winning the Europa League, Chelsea are back in the Champions League and can look forward to taking on last season’s semi-finalists Ajax as well as former Champions League runners-up Valencia and Lille in Group H.Premier League champions Manchester City were handed the kindest draw of all four English representatives, with Pep Guardiola’s men coming up against Italian debutants Atalanta along with Shakhtar Donetsk and Dinamo Zagreb in Group C.City beat Shakhtar 3-0 in Ukraine in last season’s group stage before a 6-0 victory in the return fixture.There will be glamour ties between familiar opponents elsewhere, with Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid renewing acquaintances with Paris Saint-Germain in Group A.Real eliminated the French champions in the last 16 on the way to winning the trophy two seasons ago.Turkish champions Galatasaray and Club Brugge of Belgium complete Group A.Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus will come up against Atletico Madrid again after beating the Spanish side in the last 16 last season. They will also face Bayer Leverkusen and Lokomotiv Moscow in Group D.Perhaps the most balanced section sees Zenit Saint Petersburg, Benfica, Lyon and RB Leipzig clash in Group G. The first fixtures in all groups will be played on September 17 and 18. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. AjaxAtalantaatletico madridbarcelona First Published: August 29, 2019, 11:10 PM ISTlast_img read more

Sachin Pilot accuses BJP of doing “politics of intolerance”

first_imgJaipur, Feb 20 (PTI) Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot today accused BJP of doing “politics of intolerance” and spreading “anarchism” to “push its ideology”.”The politics which BJP is doing is of intolerance. The party is spreading anarchism to push its ideology,” Pilot said in a statement.Referring to JNU row, he said “those who speak against the country should be punished but criminalisation of someone on baseless allegations for political gain is unfair.””According to BJP, one who support its ideology is a nationalist and those who oppose it are anti-national. This is highly condemnable,” he said. PTI SDA NSD NSDlast_img read more

Imperious Djokovic wins 5th Paris Masters and 77th title

first_imgPriority legislation in the 18th Congress “I don’t take them for granted like it’s something normal or usual or common. I’ve been blessed to win so many big titles in my life,” he said. “That’s one of the biggest reasons why I’m still playing professional tennis, to fight for these big trophies and to still be able to play the highest level.”Shapovalov was mostly outclassed, even though he was physically fresh having avoided a potentially grueling semifinal because the second-ranked Nadal pulled out beforehand with an abdominal strain.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceStill, the odds were heavily stacked against the 20-year-old Canadian, who was appearing in his first Masters final.“I put him under pressure for the second serve and from the back of the court I was solid, not giving him too many opportunities,” said Djokovic, who felt unwell with a sore throat earlier in the week. “I feel like the second part of the week was terrific, it was improving day by day in terms of my level.” Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics PARIS  – Novak Djokovic looked imperious in beating an overawed Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 6-4 Sunday to win his fifth Paris Masters final, clinching a 34th overall Masters title in fine style to move one behind record holder Rafael Nadal.Novak Djokovic of Serbia poses with the trophy after winning the final match of the Paris Masters tennis tournament in Paris, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019. Djokovic defeated Denis Shapovalov of Canada 6-3/6-4. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)At 32 years old, Djokovic has already won 77 titles in a stellar career and fully intends to add many more.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Another big fish Dropping only four points on his serve in the first set, Djokovic clinched it with another dominant serving game which included two aces and concluded with a volleyed winner at the net.“It was tough for me to find a groove just because he was really picking his spots on the serve,” Shapovalov said. “He just places it well, it’s tough to read.”As Shapovalov’s unforced errors resurfaced in the seventh game, Djokovic broke him again for a 4-3 lead.Djokovic saved his first break point of the match at 30-40 in the next game when Shapovalov returned a sliced serve well wide.With that, the briefest glimmer of hope was gone.“I’m sure the best things are yet to come for you,” Djokovic said to Shapovalov during the trophy ceremony.Kind words, yet the gap to Djokovic’s level remains huge.“It’s great to hear that, but I still have a long way to go,” Shapovalov said. “I want to be beating guys like Novak so I have to improve, find a way to return better.”Djokovic has won every final he’s played at Bercy Arena except for last year’s against Karen Khachanov, which came after a three-hour semifinal slugfest against 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer.This year, Djokovic did not drop a set and heads to the upcoming ATP Finals in London looking to secure the year-ending No. 1 ranking for a sixth time. That would move him two ahead of Nadal, one ahead of Federer and Jimmy Connors, and into a tie with record-holder Pete Sampras. LATEST STORIES Djokovic never appeared troubled on his way to a fifth ATP title this year — level best with Dominic Thiem.He served out the match with a love hold, hitting a forehand winner before turning to look at his box and raising his arms in triumph.“It was my best serving performance of the tournament,” Djokovic said. “Denis maybe lost his focus a bit.”Shapovalov entered the match with only one career title — a modest ATP 250-level tournament in Stockholm last month — and having lost his three previous encounters against a 16-time Grand Slam winner considered among the all-time greats of tennis.The big-serving left hander looked tense, making three unforced errors in his first service game and slipping quickly to 3-0 down against a composed Djokovic playing in his 50th Masters final and 111th overall. After botching a return on Djokovic’s opening serve of the seventh game he whacked his racket into the ground in frustration.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Nadal is also in strong contention to finish the year as No. 1 but it remains uncertain whether the Spaniard can play at the ATP Finals, which start Nov. 10.“I’m sad to see that he’s injured because that’s not what you want to see. I know how that feels,” said Djokovic, who struggled nearly two years with an elbow injury. “Historically he’s had several injuries at the last part of the season, so I hope he can recover. Because without him, obviously the battle for No. 1, but also the tournament itself, is different.” /gsgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? 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Degree row: DySP Harmanpreet may be demoted to constable’s post

first_imgChandigarh, Jul 10 (PTI) Indian Women’s T-20 Captain and vice-captain of women’s national team Harmanpreet Kaur, who was appointed as a deputy superintendent of police (DySP) in March this year on the basis of her sporting credentials, may be demoted to the rank of constable after her graduation degree was found to be “fake” by Punjab Police.”As her graduation degree was found to be fake, Harmanpreet’s qualification can now be treated as Class XII. So she can be given the post of constable which matches hereducational qualification,” said a senior government official.The government, however, is yet to take a final decision as the home department has sought comments from the director general of police on this matter.”The file (pertaining to Harmanpreet) has been sent to the DGP office for his comments,” a senior official of the Home Department said.According to the service rules, a candidate has to be a graduate for the post of DSP in Punjab.The Punjab police during verification of Harmanpreet’s testimonials had found her graduation degree from Chaudhary Charan Singh University (CCSU), Meerut, as “fake”.Harmanpreet who had come to Mohali on July 3 for an event had told media, “I am aware of it (controversy), the government is taking care of that. I am hoping for a positiveresponse.”Harmanpreet’s father Harmandar Singh had earlier claimed that the testimonials of his daughter were “genuine”.He had claimed that his daughter got the job of office superintendent at the Western Railway on the basis of the graduation degree.advertisementIndian women’s T20 captain was appointed a DySP Punjab police in March thisyear. The Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh had offered the post of DySP to Harmanpreet in July last year, following her scintillating performance in the Women’s World Cup 2017.Harmanpreet was earlier employed with the Indian Railways but was relieved from her duties earlier this year after she put in a request to join Punjab police.The Punjab government had also taken up the matter with the Railway Ministry to waive the bond condition and allow Harmanpreet, who is a native of Moga, to join as a DySP in Punjab Police from March 1. PTI CHS SUN VSD RAXRAXlast_img read more

HMD slashes prices of Nokia 6.1, Nokia 5.1, Nokia 3.1 and Nokia 8 Sirocco in India

first_imgHMD Global has refreshed the prices of some of its early 2018 smartphones following the launch of newer devices like the Nokia 6.1 Plus and 5.1 Plus. The Nokia 6.1, Nokia 5.1 and Nokia 3.1 see prices slashed by up to Rs 1,500. The Nokia 8 Sirocco, on the other hand, sees a massive price drop of Rs 13,000 in the country. The new prices for these Android One devices can be seen on the Nokia Mobile Store.The Nokia 6.1 was originally launched in India in April at Rs 16,999 for the 3GB variant, while a second 4GB variant was launched soon after at Rs 18,999. In August, both the variants saw a price drop by around Rs 1,500. The device gets yet another price cut now and can be availed at Rs 13,499 and Rs 16,499, respectively. This makes the device even more attractive when coupled with the fact that it is confirmed to get Android 9 Pie later this month.The Nokia 6.1 sports a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD display with a traditional 16:9 aspect ratio and a 2.5D Gorilla Glass on top. The device is powered by a Snapdragon 630 processor and gets Zeiss-branded optics with a 16-megapixel rear camera and f/2.0 aperture and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. Nokia 6.1The Nokia 5.1 was launched at Rs 12,499 in the country, but now sees a Rs 1,500 price cut. The device is now available at Rs 10,999, which is similar to the Nokia 5.1 Plus. The Nokia 5.1 brings a 5.5-inch FHD+ IPS LCD display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a an octa-core MediaTek MT6755S SoC coupled with 3GB of RAM. The device is also offered with 32GB of internal storage and ships with Android Oreo.advertisementThe Nokia 3.1 2GB variant first came to India in July for Rs 10,499. This variant sees no change in its price. However, the 4GB variant that was launched later on at Rs 11,999 now sees a price drop by Rs 1,000. The model can now be purchased for Rs 10,999.Lastly, we have the Nokia 8 Sirocco, which is HMD’s most premium offering right now. The phone was launched earlier this year at Rs 49,999, but HMD has now dropped its price significantly by Rs 13,000. The Nokia 8 Sirocco can now be purchased for Rs 36,999. The major price cut may be due to the fact that the device runs a now dated Snapdragon 835 chipset. It could also suggest that HMD is gearing up to launch its 2018 flagship smartphone soon.ALSO READ: Nokia 6.1 to get Android 9 Pie soon, Digital Wellbeing available on Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 6.1 Pluslast_img read more

Diego Maradona discharged from hospital after internal bleeding

first_imgArgentine soccer great Diego Maradona was released from hospital after being admitted earlier on Friday with internal bleeding in the stomach which was discovered during routine examinations, his daughter Dalma said.”For those who were really worried about my dad I can tell you that he is well,” Dalma wrote on twitter after fears over her father’s health spread. “He is going home soon.”The 58-year-old was having a routine medical in his homeland before returning to Mexico, where he is coach of second division side Dorados de Sinaloa, when doctors discovered the problem.However, a source close to the family told Reuters the problem was not serious and that the former Boca Juniors, Napoli and Barcelona midfielder, who famously led his country to the 1986 World Cup title, was not in any danger.Another source said Maradona, who left the hospital without talking to the media, may have to undergo more tests.Friday’s scare was the latest for Maradona, who has suffered frequent periods in hospital over the years, often due to the extravagant lifestyle that helped make him one of the most admired and iconic footballers of the 20th century.He last fell ill at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where he was filmed passing out in an executive box at the Argentina-Nigeria game. Argentina won 2-1 to reach the last 16, where they were knocked out of the tournament by eventual winners France.Maradona was taken into hospital in 2004 with severe heart and respiratory problems linked to cocaine use. He later underwent drug rehabilitation in Cuba and Argentina before a stomach-stapling operation in 2005 helped him lose weight.advertisementIn 2007 he checked himself into a clinic in Buenos Aires to help him overcome alcohol abuse problems.In recent months he has walked with the aid of crutches due to problems with his knees.The unexpected news of his admittance to hospital on Friday came just hours after Maradona’s lawyer confirmed he would coach in Mexico for a second consecutive season.Maradona took over at struggling Dorados de Sinaloa in September and got them into the playoffs where they lost to Atletico San Luis.”Diego Maradona has arranged to continue with the Dorados de Sinaloa and will stay as coach of the team for the whole season,” his agent Matias Morla wrote on twitter.The club said his assistant Jose Maria Martinez would lead the team until Maradona returned.Also Read | Predrag Mijatovic criticises Gareth Bale for lacking leadership qualitiesAlso Read | Chelsea fan banned for 3 years after being found guilty of homophobic chantsAlso Read | Liverpool not underestimating ‘world’s best side’ Manchester City: Klopplast_img read more

‘Ronaldo is the soul of Real Madrid’

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo Ronaldo is the soul of Real Madrid and the world’s best, says Ceballos Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 15:26 14/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(17) cristiano ronaldo - cropped Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Primera División Real Madrid v APOEL UEFA Champions League The club captain scored twice in a victory over Cypriot side APOEL Nicosia, earning the praise of the new midfielder Dani Ceballos described Cristiano Ronaldo as “the soul of the team” after he made a decisive return to action in Real Madrid’s Champions League win over APOEL.The Portugal star scored twice to take his career tally in the competition to 107 and give Zinedine Zidane’s side a winning start in the defence of the trophy.Real Madrid 19/20 to win La Liga Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing It was Ronaldo’s first competitive appearance for Madrid since the first leg of the Supercopa de Espana, with the 32-year-old to serve the final instalment of a five-match domestic ban against Real Sociedad on Sunday.The European and Spanish champions have drawn their last two La Liga games in his absence and Ceballos has admitted that they need him back as soon as possible.”With Cristiano on the field, we’re always more comfortable and he gives us the confidence that turns in to goals,” he said. “He’s the soul of the team, he’s fundamental for us and he’s in better shape than ever. He’s had a great game and his ambition makes him the best in the world.”It was Ceballos’ first appearance since his debut in the Supercopa and the 21-year-old revelled in realising a dream by playing in Europe’s top competition. #RMUCL¡@DaniCeballos46 y @Mayoral_Borja debutaron en la Champions League! #HalaMadrid— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) September 13, 2017″I am happy to have started my Champions League dream with a win, it will be hard to forget,” said Ceballos, who joined from Real Betis in July for a reported fee of €18 million. “It is a special day for me, a dream come true. The team started well and we were electric in the second half, which led to us getting a great win.”We are trying to write history, it is in our hands and we showed the drive we have to win a third consecutive Champions League title.”last_img read more

Bhatpara residents living in fear meet DGP

first_imgKolkata: Some people hailing from Bhatpara in North 24-Parganas met the Director General of Police, Virendra, at Nabanna on Monday with an allegation that BJP-backed goons were preventing them from entering their residential area.”We are continuously living in fear. Goons are moving about in our area in the night with firearms and we have been getting threat calls. We need protection as situation is so hostile that we have not been able to go to the local police station to lodge a complaint,” said Kartick Nath, a Bhatpara resident. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaHe said some 500 people of the area were unable to return to their homes due to threats and intimidations of BJP activists. Nath was accompanied by Mayor Firhad Hakim and state Food Minister Jyotipriya Mallick, who is also the TMC’s district president of North 24-Parganas. Nath said minister Firhad Hakim has arranged for their accommodation in Chetla and they will be living there for some days. “DG has assured us that within a few days he will take measures so that we can live in our residences safely,” he added. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersChandan Shaw, 24, was shot dead in North 24-Parganas by unidentified assailants on Sunday night while he was driving a two-wheeler. The murder created tension leading to the deployment of security forces in the area. Meanwhile, despite four days have passed since poll results, political clashes continue across the state. In several districts, almost every day Trinamool and BJP workers are attacking each other. But both the parties have denied the allegations and accused their rivals. On Sunday night, a Trinamool worker was allegedly attacked by some BJP-backed goons at Pundipari in Cooch Behar. The Trinamool worker, identified as Prasenjit Biswasharma, was returning home when he was intercepted by some miscreants. It is alleged that one of them shot a round of bullet which hit Biswasharma’s leg. As soon as he hit the ground, miscreants fled. Hearing him scream, local residents rushed Biswasharma to Cooch Behar hospital where he is at present under treatment.Apart from Cooch Behar, Trinamool workers at Onda in Bankura were allegedly attacked by BJP workers on Sunday night. According to sources, on Sunday night, the BJP had organised a rally to celebrate their victory. When the rally was passing through the Bikrampur village, some BJP workers allegedly pelted stones on the houses that belonged to Trinamool workers. Later, BJP workers allegedly assaulted family members of those Trinamool workers and threatened to kill them. But, the BJP has denied the charges. Though Trinamool leaders are blaming the BJP, the saffron party workers are alleging that Trinamool workers are attacking their supporters. It is alleged that during a rally by the BJP workers, a Trinamool-backed goon shot a round of bullet. Though none was hurt, BJP workers got panic stricken. Later, police intervened and brought the situation under control. A complaint has been lodged but none could be arrested. On Monday morning, BJP and Trinamool workers got involved in a clash at Duttabad in Salt Lake. BJP workers alleged that Trinamool attacked them but Trinamool leaders denied the allegations.last_img read more

Baseball bat attack outside mall may have been racially motivated police

first_imgST. THOMAS, Ont. – A 36-year-old man is facing charges in what police in St. Thomas, Ont., say may have been a racially motivated attack.Police say they were called Thursday afternoon to a mall parking lot on reports of a man attacking another man with a baseball bat.They say the man was later arrested in London, Ont., and charged with aggravated assault and assault with a weapon.A video posted online shows a man getting out of a white car with a baseball bat in hand and repeatedly yelling “terrorists” and “ISIS.”Mariuxis Zambrano says she and her family had just arrived at the Elgin Mall when they were approached by a man hurling insults.She says her husband suffered severe bruising and a cracked rib as a result of the attack.(CFPL)last_img read more

Minister Duncan dismisses Dakota claim theyre governed by law of the land

first_imgAPTN National NewsAs the Dakota in Manitoba continue their fight against the provincial government to sell cheap cigarettes, they also continue to claim their tribe is a sovereign nation.They’re calling on the federal government to come to an agreement over their rights.Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan was in Winnipeg Thursday and APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler found out what the minister had to say about the situation.last_img

Georgia UN calls for protection of civilians and access to victims of

Heavy fighting that erupted last Thursday between Georgian and South Ossetian forces have led to a large number of casualties and caused large numbers of civilians to flee to other parts of the country as well as to North Ossetia in Russia. Russian forces have become involved in South Ossetia, and in the separate region of Abkhazia in north-western Georgia, in recent days.“I have been deeply concerned about the well-being of thousands of civilians in Georgia and the surrounding areas that have been caught up in this conflict,” Catherine Bragg, the UN’s Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator and Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, said today in a statement.In light of the recent announcement of a cessation of hostilities, she reiterated the call to all parties to the conflict to take appropriate steps to protect the civilian population, in accordance with international humanitarian and human rights law.Ms. Bragg also called for concrete steps from parties to the conflict to facilitate immediate access for international aid agencies to areas that have been out of contact since the start of the hostilities. In that regard, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) noted that, because of security reasons, no UN agency has yet been able to carry out an assessment mission or aid operations in South Ossetia. UN agencies have, however, been able to get access to Gori, in central Georgia. Meanwhile, the first UN humanitarian airlift – chartered by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) – arrived earlier today in Georgia, bringing 34 tons of tents, jerry cans, blankets and kitchen sets for those in need. A second UNHCR flight is scheduled for tomorrow.“The two flights will provide more than 70 tons of aid supplies for up to 30,000 people and will augment other relief items already distributed by UNHCR from its warehouses in Georgia,” the agency’s spokesperson, Ron Redmond, told reporters in Geneva. According to the latest figures provided by Georgia and Russia, the total number of people uprooted in the conflict is approaching 100,000, UNHCR said. Officials in North Ossetia, Russia, say some 30,000 people from South Ossetia have arrived in that region. The UN’s Resident Coordinator in Russia said that UN agencies there are in touch with the Government, as well as local authorities in North Ossetia. The agencies present in the area confirmed that the Russian authorities are providing adequate assistance to those in distress. Georgian officials say a few thousand have fled into other parts of Georgia from South Ossetia, but a registration must be carried out to get an exact figure. Up to 12,000 are estimated by officials to be displaced within South Ossetia. There are also movements elsewhere in Georgia, including from the town of Gori – just south of the boundary with South Ossetia. A UNHCR team which travelled to Gori on Sunday was told by local Government officials that up to 80 per cent of the population had left, fearing further attacks – that would amount to some 56,000 people from Gori on the move. Over the weekend, UNHCR and its partners provided aid supplies to some 300 vulnerable Georgians from South Ossetia who had been transferred from Gori to the capital, Tbilisi.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has also begun providing critical humanitarian aid to more than 2,000 people displaced by the violence in South Ossetia, including a 10-day food ration to internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in shelters in Tbilisi.Yesterday senior UN peacekeeping official Edmond Mulet told the Security Council that Russian forces have now entered Georgian areas outside the regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, as the 15-member body met for the fifth time since Friday morning to discuss the latest developments.In another development, Georgia today instituted proceedings at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against Russia for what it said were violations of the 1965 Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) during the current conflict.Georgia contends in its application that Russia, “through its State organs, State agents, and other persons and entities exercising governmental authority, and through the South Ossetian and Abkhaz separatist forces and other agents,” has violated its obligations under the convention during three distinct phases between 1990 and this month.It asks the ICJ to order Russia to take all steps necessary to comply with its obligations and also seeks to ensure that the individual rights under CERD of all people on Georgian territory are fully respected and protected. 12 August 2008A senior United Nations humanitarian official has urged the parties to the conflict in Georgia, where fierce fighting in recent days has uprooted nearly 100,000 people, to do their utmost to protect civilians and ensure access for aid agencies. read more

Railway strike called off following talks with Presidential Secretariat

Stranded passengers vented their anger at the railway authorities following the cancellation of train services.The strike was launched by engine drivers and rail guards. The train strike launched by railway trade unions has been suspended following talks with the Presidential Secretariat.A tense situation arose at the Fort railway station last evening after train services were cancelled as a result of a sudden strike. Special Police teams were deployed to the Fort railway station to bring the situation under control. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Policeman arrested over Thebuwana incident remanded

The Police Sergeant had threatened to commit suicide using his weapon and refused to negotiate a settlement with the Police. A Policeman who was interdicted over his unruly behavior in Thebuwana which led to a tense situation yesterday, has been remanded till October 9th.The Police Sergeant had staged a protest in the Thebuwana junction yesterday with his weapon, demanding that he be treated fairly. The Police Special Task Force (STF) was then deployed to the area and a senior officer attempted to negotiate with the policeman and get him to return his weapon and give up his protest. However the policemen refused to agree and eventually the STF and Police overpowered the policeman and brought the stand-off to an end.Gun shots were fired during the attempt to arrest the policeman but no one was injured. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN Women chief Canadian Prime Minister spotlight need to build global movement

“We tried a lot of things. We know what works, we know what doesn’t work, we know where we need to go, and this is the time to act,” the Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, told hundreds of participants at the high-level event, which includes a panel discussion on action needed for equal pay.Thousands of women representing hundreds of non-governmental organizations have been at UN Headquarters in New York since Monday for the 60th session of CSW, an annual two-week event which is this year focused on women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development.At the conversation moderated by journalist Sade Baderinwa, of ABC News New York, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka said collaboration between UN Women and Prime Ministers like Justin Trudeau could help more women access leadership positions. Today, only 22 per cent of the world’s parliamentarians are women.“Those who have authority and power especially, they must lead from the front. The Prime Minister [Justin Trudeau] was able to appoint a 50-50 cabinet. It’s not in his power to have a Parliament that is representative but he has authority to appoint a cabinet that is representative. So, leaders must use the authority that they have because you’re there for a reason, to make the world better, and UN Women insists on that” she said.Mr. Trudeau said one of the reasons why people have been paying attention to him is because he’s just one of the first leaders from a younger generation to take the stage. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses a media event at UN Headquarters in New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a dialogue on gender equality at a high-level event entitled “Gender Equality and Global Call to Action on Equal Pay”. UN Photo/Mark Garten Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe ‹ ›“I’m going to keep saying loud and clearly that I am a feminist until it is met with a shrug,” he exclaimed. “Why [is it that] every time I say I’m a feminist the ‘twitterverse’ explodes and news and media pick it up – it shouldn’t be something that creates a reaction. It simply is saying I believe in the equality of men and women, and I believe we still have an awful lot of work to do to get there.”Mr. Trudeau told the audience that his commitment to gender equality comes from the way he was raised, by a father who had a “deep fundamental respect for rights and freedoms,” and a mother who struggled with bi-polar disorder, later becoming an activist on mental health issues and women’s rights.One of the highlights of the event was Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka officially inviting Mr. Trudeau to be a leading actor of the HeForShe movement, launched by UN Women more than a year ago to mobilize people of every gender identity to unite and craft a shared vision of a gender equal world. “I take this as a challenge to step up even further,” the Prime Minister said, after Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka pinned his jacket with the movement’s official logo.Concluding the conversation, the Executive Director stressed that in 2016, it’s time for the next United Nations Secretary-General to be a woman, while Prime Minister Trudeau said that next year at CSW, the space to have these discussions should be bigger in order to include more men in addition to a large female turnout. read more

Cancer organizations receive support from GBTI

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related10 charitable organizations awarded at GBTI’s 2018 Calendar launchDecember 13, 2017In “Business”Much needed flood relief donations continue to pour in for Region 7,8June 3, 2017In “latest news”GBTI launches 2019 calendar with artwork from studentsNovember 24, 2018In “Business” The Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry Limited (GBTI Ltd) made two donations at the Bank’s Head Office in Kingston, on Wednesday, to the Periwinkle Cancer Club and the Guyana Cancer Foundation in support of these organisations.Ms Pearl Munroe and Ms Cheryl Caines of the Periwinkle Cancer Club receiving their donation from GBTI’s Public Relations and Marketing Manager, Ms Pamela BindaHanding over the donation on behalf of the Bank was GBTI’s Public Relations and Marketing Manager, Pamela Binda, who noted that the Bank has always been a strong supporter in the fight against Cancer and in raising Cancer awareness across the country. She also reconfirmed GBTI’s commitment towards same in the future.Receiving the donation on behalf of the Guyana Cancer Foundation was Bibi Hassan, who expressed her gratitude to the Bank. She said that it is donors like GBTI who provide the much needed financial and moral support which fosters the Foundation’s mission.Ms Bibi Hassan of the Guyana Cancer Foundation collects donation from GBTI’s Public Relations and Marketing Manager, Ms Pamela BindaMs Hassan said that GBTI’s faithful financial contribution will go a long way in ensuring that low-income and under-insured women are offered free Cancer screening. She says that the Guyana Cancer Foundation is continually inspired by the dedication and generosity of donors like GBTI who answer the call to give again and again.Similar sentiments were also expressed by the representatives from the Periwinkle Cancer Club. read more

Karamoh is showing qualities Bordeaux coach

first_imgFor Eric Bedouet, the Internazionale Milan loanee is making a name for himself in the French Ligue 1 competition20-year-old forward Yann Karamoh is making sure his loan to Bordeaux in the French Ligue 1 is giving him results.The footballer was made the man of the match in the 2-2 draw against Paris Saint-Germain.“He is showing some really outstanding qualities,” coach Eric Bedouet was quoted by Gianluca Di Marzio.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“He is able to put great intensity in his football.”“He has also the quality to track back when the team requires you to, and that’s not common among players,” he explained.“[Edinson] Cavani, for instance, is great at tracking back. Yann, who is also unbelievable at dribbling past the opponents, is working on the defensive aspect of his game and he is developing quite well”.last_img read more

Teen TCI First Runner Up going to Intl Pageant too

first_img Related Items:amber hall, arielle neely, costa rica, oehleo higgs, teen tci Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 25 Feb 2016 – The Turks and Caicos is gaining outstanding notoriety for its teen beauty queens. On Monday, Amber Hall, Miss Teen TCI left for Costa Rica and the international pageant there where she is already in the semi-finals. But founder of the organization, Oehleo Higgs said he will see another of his 2015 contestants journey abroad for an international opportunity. Higgs said Arielle Neely, the 2015/2016 first runner up will get her turn to shine this coming July.“International Media was following us, and our first runner up this year will also be going off to compete in July in the Miss Teenager Pageant so Malique started it and I am hoping that these girls continue to expand on what she started… the July pageant is called the Miss Teenager International pageant.”Details are to come on the second pageant, but it will be held in either Guatemala or Mexico. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Turks & Caicos Miss Teen Universe, Miss Amber Hall Captures Miss Congeniality in Costa Rica Amber Hall gets Miss Congeniality at Teen Universe pageant TCI officials attend Brazil Tourism Expolast_img read more