first_imgAlthough Indians constitute only 8 percent of Singapore’s population, they have become a major ingredient in the mixed racial salad bowl of this city state – South East-Asia’s most hi-tech and wealthiest country. The flavors of the Indian curries, of Roti Prata, Thosai and Briyani, the festivities of Dipawali and Thaipusam, and the song and dance of Indian movies, are all an integral part of the socio-cultural landscape of Singapore. “Being a creative and entrepreneurial group, Indians are a great asset to our economy,” Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong once commented on the community.“Indians have fared brilliantly in Singapore,” says Deepika Shetty, a producer with Channel NewsAsia, a major television network. “You see them in the top echelons everywhere, right from journalism to entrepreneurs. Well, Singapore’s president is Indian. Need I say more?” Many Indians have indeed thrived in Singapore’s multi-racial, multi-religious and merit-driven society. After Singapore’s independence in 1965 many of them were propelled into senior political positions. The current president of Singapore, Sellapan Ram Nathan, is of Indian descent. Earlier, another Indian, C. V. Devan Nair served as president from 1981-1985. Singapore’s present Deputy Prime Minister, Professor Shunmugam Jayakumar is of Indian descent, as are two other cabinet ministers: Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Minister for Education, and Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, and Second Minister for Trade and Industry. Singaporean Indians have distinguished themselves as judges, doctors, civil servants, air force commanders, entrepreneurs, artists, union leaders, teachers, and academics. J.Y. Pillai has led Singaopore Airlines to world renown. A. Vijaratnam is the engineering brain behind the posh Changi International Airport and the Port Authority of Singapore. S. Dhanabalan is chairman of DBS Group Holdings and Tamasek Board of Directors, Singapore’s prime investment company managing a diversified portfolio of $60 billion. According to the Singapore government’s census figures, the proportion of Indians in professional, managerial, executive and technical occupations doubled in the last 10 years.Since the 1990s, the Singaporean Indians have been bolstered by their proximity with India, as Singapore has sought to ride on India’s economic growth. After India opened up its economy, bilateral trade between the two countries boomed, as did tourism and investments. Singapore signed a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement with India this year, bringing the two countries closer than ever. Indian companies already see Singapore as a solid base; 1,400 have set up offices in Singapore, comprising the fourth largest contingent of foreign firms. “India’s economic progress has definitely helped us improve our image within Singapore,” says Anees Khan, a second generation Singaporean Indian. He was still a baby when his parents migrated to Singapore three decades ago. His father started a food business and the family thrived. Khan was educated in Singapore and now works as a programmer. “When Indians go to the job market today, especially in the IT field, India’s image as an IT powerhouse rubs on them. Getting a job then becomes a little easier.”Singapore is among the world’s tiniest countries with a total land area of just 266 square miles, about three times the size of Washington, D.C. It comprises of one main island and 63 tiny islands, most of which are uninhabited. This cosmopolitan city has a population of about 4.5 million, of which 77 percent are Chinese, 14 percent Malay and 8 percent Indian.The vast majority of the 350,000 Indians in Singapore, almost 64 percent, are Tamilian. They are followed by Punjabis, 8 percent; Malyalis, 8 percent; Sindhis 6 percent; and Gujaratis 2 percent. Almost a quarter of the Indian population, 90,000, are permanent residents – noncitizens who live and work in Singapore, mostly as financial services professionals, computer engineers, construction labor and domestic help. During the past decade, Singapore’s Indian community has been transformed by the invasion of high tech Indian professionals, similar to the impact these professionals had in the United States. Until the high tech boom, the Indian labor pool comprised principally of blue collar construction workers and domestic help. Fewer than 9 percent of Indian expats (permanent residents) in 1990 held a college degree. By contrast, in 2000 almost 51 percent of Indian permanent residents were college educated.Singapore’s Indian citizens have noticeably lower academic credentials: fewer than 8 percent of Singapore Indian citizens have a college degree, for example. Since expat Indians account for almost a quarter of Singapore’s Indian population, the new, educated, high income Indian professionals have altered the overall community demographics in dramatic ways. In the last ten years, the proportion of Indian blue collared workers has halved, from about 15 percent to 8 percent, while the proportion of the professionals and managerial workers has doubled from about 22 percent to 43 percent of the total Indian workforce, revolutionizing the image of Indians in the Singaporean society.Culture and Cuisine Indian migration to Singapore dates back two centuries and their impact on Singapore society is pervasive. Yoga, Indian dances and Indian cuisine are exceedingly popular among Singaporeans. Indian dances, mostly Bollywood-inspired, are taught in some community centers. The sight of Chinese children wearing ghaghra-choli performing perfect gyrations to Bollywood dance numbers on stage in community gatherings during the Chinese 7th month festivities is commonplace.Similarly, Indian food is as much part of Singaporean cuisine as Chinese or Malay food. In Little India, Singapore’s famous Indian enclave, large numbers of Chinese and Malay families can be seen enjoying Indian fare in restaurants and eateries on any given day. Over 100 Indian restaurants thrive in the city. In addition, any hawker center or food court offer one or more Indian food stalls.Komala Vilas, a favorite Indian haunt in Serangoon Road, dishes out all-you-can-eat Indian food for $3 (Singapore $5) to over 3,000 diners daily in two of its branches. “We are following the Indian tradition of providing good food at a reasonable price,” says Rajoo Gunasekaran, proprietor of Komala Vilas. Gunasekaran’s father, Raju Gunasekaran, came to Singapore at age 15 from Tanjor, Tamil Nadu, in 1937. “My father started working in this restaurant and later on, in 1947, he bought it,”Gunasekaran says. He and his brother now run a very successful chain of Indian restaurants in Singapore – the largest owned by an Indian in Singapore.Bollywood movies are a craze in Singapore, and not just among Indians. Shahrukh Khan is a household name among Malay families. Last year’s International Indian Film Awards (IIFA) attracted Singaporeans of all races; the show sold out within a few hours of the opening of the box office, weeks before the show.Bollywood aside, Indian traditional arts and culture have not quite fired the public imagination. “The young generation of Singaporean Indians has lost the culture,” bemoans Suren Pillai, an IT professional and a third generation Singaporean Indian. His grandfather came to Singapore as a police inspector from Tamil Nadu in the early 1890s. His father earned a law degree from England and married his physician mother. “The earlier generations were devout to their religious practices and culture. The new generation follows the westernized Hinduism – you do what you feel. Some even don’t mind eating beef!”The nature of Singapore society and their minority status imposes pressures on Indians to assimilate. Many have learned Chinese or Malay to advance in Singapore society. “My father advised me to study Malay in school and I think it was a wise decision,” says Khan. “It helps me communicate well with my Malay friends.”Contemporary politics and issues“The condition of Indians in Singapore, predominantly the Tamils,” says veteran journalist P N Balji, a third generation Indian Singaporean, “is the story of haves and have-nots.” Balji, who served as editor of the country’s two leading newspapers, The Straits Times and The New Paper, says: “There is a wide gap between the two classes of Indians. One the one hand, you have a class of highly successful Indians in politics, in business and in the professions. On the other, there is this group of Indians that forms the underbelly of Singapore society. Go to the 7-11s at night. Go to the petrol pumps at night. Who do find there manning them? Indian young men and women!”He points to other depressing social indicators. “Even in a small country like Singapore, if you looked at the statistics, Indians are over-represented in crime; their performance in schools is poor in comparison with the children of other communities.”Singapore’s Prime Minister has exhorted Singaporean Indians to help their less privileged members to catch up: “While the majority of Indian Singaporeans have done well, we must be careful not to leave behind a minority who are unable to take care of themselves or their families. We must continue to make sure that this group receives the help they need, so that they can get back on their feet, and their children can break out of the poverty trap.”Integration with other communitiesThe Singapore government has aggressively sought to integrate the races and Indians have assimilated into Singapore society. In the Housing Development Board (HDB) estates, a government-maintained housing scheme, many Indians are grassroots leaders, working together with other races and organizing community and cultural events.“I am more close to some of my Chinese and Malay friends than to my Indian friends,” says Rajesh Rai, a third-generation Indian Singaporean who teaches at the National University of Singapore and is an expert on the Indian diaspora in Singapore.. His grandfather came to Singapore from Uttar Pradesh and his father runs a Hindi-medium school. Rai’s family mirrors Singapore society. “My sister is married to a Chinese guy and my cousin is married to a Chinese girl and it is not a big deal,” he says.Not quite. Racial mixing is still a touchy subject within the community. “Inter-racial marriages are not looked at favorably,” says Khan. Nevertheless, inter-racial pairings are on the rise. “But today the trend is that more Indian boys are marrying outside their community in comparison to their female counterparts. It is the trend of the future,” Khan says. Dinesh Rai and Angela Rai are one such inter-racial couple. “When we decided to get married, what was on our mind was love,” says Dinesh. “Inter-racial marriage just happened.”Both Dinesh and Angela are self-employed. While Dinesh runs a company that deals with computer music products, Angela runs a children’s enrichment program. Did they face opposition to their marriage? “Alliances like this always create problem in families. People might think that they are open-minded, but to actually accept something like this was initially not easy for both the families,” he says. The Rais have a son now, who is being exposed to both Indian and Chinese cultures. “After we had our son, both the in-laws are treating each other well.”Do they encounter personal or social prejudice? “Not really. There is no problem in our day to day life. The fact that I am a Hindu and Angela a Buddhist helps, because both religions have some common factors. As far as the reaction of outsiders goes, we know that eyebrows will be raised in some particular places. We avoid going to those places.”Indian immigrants: The new vs. the oldAlthough the vast majority of Indians in Singapore are citizens, the demographics of the community have undergone a radical shift in the past decade with the invasion of Indian information technology professionals. Until recently, Indians dominated the construction labor and domestic help sectors. Deepika Shetty is among the new generation of Indian professionals in Singapore. She came to Singapore ten years ago and found success and serenity here. “It was one of those typical falling in love stories. I met my husband in India, he got a job in Singapore and the rest as they say is history. At that time I was working with India Today and was fairly well settled professionally, but when it came to choosing between my profession and my relationship, I settled for the latter and have absolutely no regrets.” How has she adjusted to her new home? “It was a bit hard adjusting to a new place with practically no friends,” she says. “I remember heading to Little India week after week to get over the initial bouts of home sickness. Just seeing the teeming crowds made me happy. I had lived and worked in Gujarat, where all your neighbors are one big happy family so the kind of emotional distancing hit me a bit hard. But over the next couple of months and years, I discovered so many beautiful Singaporeans, who are to this day people I would call on in times of dire need. Sometimes, I pinch myself to believe whether it really has been 10 long years here. Yes, it has. We have had two beautiful children here and as they everything seems to be shining nice and bright in sunny Singapore.”Sridhar Khambhampati, a computer hardware specialist from Hyderabad, migrated to Singapore in 1997. “I came to Singapore nine years ago when the IT boom was at its peak,” he says. He also worked in Australia for some time, but chose to return to Singapore. “At that time, the IT market was much better in Singapore. But after the Asian economic crisis, things began to change.”The vast majority of Indians in Singapore today are descendants of immigrants who arrived during the colonial period. The term “Indian,” in the context of Singapore is used as a generic category to refer to all people who originate from the Indian subcontinent – Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.Is Singapore “home” for them? For earlier generation, Singapore it was not; India was. After Singapore’s independence in 1965, however, the mental framework began to change for many Indians.“India is where our ancestors came from,” says Suren Pillai, “but we think of only Singapore as our home.”“Many factors such as the public school system and the mixed settlements in the HDB estates helped in fostering this idea of Singapore as the ‘home,’” says Rai. “Our housing policy encouraged us to move out of our so-called ghetto into HDB estates where some kind of racial mix was ensured. And because of public school system, the old institutions began to fade away.”“The new migrants, as compared to the old diaspora, are still not sure of their home,” he says. “However, Indians like me, second and third generation Indians, do not think of India as their home. They have some kind of cultural affinity with India, but they never think of returning to their roots. The notion of return is gone. That may not be the case with the new generation, many of whom are the professionals. Being new here, they are not able to assimilate well and they tend to group together. In most cases, they have been out of India for the first time and here, for the first time, they feel they are in a minority, and they feel insecure. So they think of either finally returning to India or to relocating to some other destination.”Adds Pillai: “The new immigrants see that this country has more to offer and they come here to benefit from it. Once they have achieved their goals, they go back to India.”“Some of the new Indian immigrants are opting to go back to India,” agrees Khambhampati. “Singapore, being a small country, offers one very limited options, in terms of work and livelihood. People who came here, say 10 years or 15 years ago, and have worked hard and somehow saved some money, they are choosing to go back to India. With their savings in dollars, they can live as millionaires in India. From a lower middle class life in Singapore to the life of a millionaire in India is a big transition. India is developing very fast and living there is inexpensive. That’s why many people are choosing to go back.”Until 1990, the professional Indian immigrants to Singapore mostly relocated from Hong Kong, where concerns over China’s takeover led to an exodus. In the 1990s, however, the Singapore government announced initiatives to attract new immigrants from India. “There was an excitement in the Indian community here about this new arrival of Indians,” Rai says. “But when the new immigrants actually came two things happened. Indians of the new diaspora were professionals and because of their arrival the image of the Indian community here went up in a multi-racial Singapore. However, the old diaspora also felt that there was little oneness between the new and the old.”“The new and the old Indian immigrants are often two segregated communities, with hardly any connections between them” Pillai says. “But some people act as bridges between the two communities. There are people like that, but they are rare.”Pillai even sees a sort of competition between the old and the new migrants. “The new migrants from India are well-educated and well-trained and are giving the old immigrants, who have been born and brought up here, a run for their money in the job market,” he says. “I have seen slogans on walls, which says ‘jobs for foreigners, national service for Singaporeans?’ I think the old immigrants need to face the competition from the new Indian immigrants.”Towards a bright future Indians have experienced significant growth in many sectors. The proportion of college educated Indians doubled to 17 percent in the past decade and they also experienced some of the fastest growth in household income. Although much of this was fueled by the new Indian immigrants, it also occurred across the board within the Singapore Indian citizen population as well. “I see many trends that will make the Indian community a much more significant community in Singapore in the time to come,” Rai says.“The future of the Indian diaspora is positive, very bright. You go down to the Serangoon Road, to Little India. I have not seen Little India so alive ever before. Mustafa Center in Little India was just a small alley shop in the 1980s. Rajiv Gandhi’s liberalization policy in 1990s made Mustafa rich. It is an incredible story.”Mustaq Ahmad started out with a small shop in Little India selling garments in 1973. It expanded into a bustling 150,000 sq ft Mustafa Center by 1995, a shopping paradise with 100,000 items, packing over 15,000 customers of all nationalities during weekends and an annual turnover of $302 million. The Mustafa Centre, which has become something of a trademark of the Indian community in Singapore, epitomizes the Indian success story in contemporary Singapore. Patterns of migrationIndian migration to Singapore dates back to the early 19th century when Sir Stamford Raffles established Singapore as a trading post. Malaya and Singapore were sparsely populated, so the British authorities encouraged the migration of Chinese and indentured Indian labor to meet the demands of the expanding colonial economy.The trading post also attracted Indian merchants and traders. The Chulias (Tamil Muslim traders from the coastal area) were the earliest Indian traders to come to Singapore. Another important group of migrant traders was led by Narayana Pillai, an influential figure among the old diaspora, who built the famous Sri Mariamman Temple in 1827. Next came the Chettiars, who were in the money-lending business, followed by Sindhi traders in 1860. English educated Malayalis also headed to Singapore, giving rise to a middle class of Indian professionals. The Sikh immigration started in 1870, mainly as part of the police force and as military personnel. By 1931, Indians in Malaya and Singapore numbered over 620,000 and comprised 14.3 percent of the population.In the 1940s, Indian nationalism in Singapore reached its peak. Indian Freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose came to Singapore in 1943 and many Indians joined his Azad Hind Fauj. “The impending Japanese invasion, the formation of the Indian National Army and a resurgence of nationalism among the Indians -this was quite amazing a phase in the life of Indians in Singapore” says Rajesh Rai, a visiting fellow at the South Asian Studies Program at the National University of Singapore.During the Emergency period (the 1948-60 communist insurgency in peninsular Malaya and Singapore; most active between 1948 and 1951), Singapore imposed strict restrictions on migration. Immigration for Indians was not fully opened until 1990. The new immigrants, members of Singapore’s new diaspora, are mainly professionals and have had major impact on the demographics of the Indian community.  Little India for TouristsTo capture the Little India experience in Singapore, head to Serangoon Road. Little India – the famous Indian enclave in Singapore – is situated around this road. At the head of the road, you have the Teka Mall and the Little India Arcade. You can shop for Indian clothes and other Indian items in the Teka Mall, and find tourist souvenirs, bolts of clothes, temple garlands, gold jewelery, and ayurvedic medicines and spices in the Little India Arcade. Walk further down the road to the Campbell Lane to see shop-houses selling traditional Indian goods, like musical instruments, furniture and brassware. On the right you will encounter the restaurants (including the famous Komala Vilas) and jewelers. On Syed Alvi Road you will find the well-known Mustafa Centre, Singapore’s largest Indian mall, stocking upto150,000 items under one roof. Temples serve as the most remarkable landmarks of Indian culture in Singapore. In Chinatown, on South Bridge Road, is located the monumental Sri Mriamman Temple, Singapore’s oldest Hindu temple, built in 1827 and rebuilt in 1843. It is dedicated to goddess Mariamman, the goddess of healing. If you are visiting Singapore in October, you can witness the Thimithi festival when penitents walk across a bed of hot embers.There are nearly two dozen other Hindu temples in Singapore, including in the Little sector alone: Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple, and Sakaya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple.If you are tired of shopping and sightseeing, there are plenty of places to satisfy you appetite. Little India offers a ton of restaurants and eatries offering all kinds of India food such as Komala Vilas, Delhi Restaurant, Anand Bhawan and Raj. On Race Course Road, there are several north Indian and banana leaf restaurants, such as Muthu’s, Banana Leaf Apolo and Anjappar’s. If you would rather enjoy dining in the open air by the Singapore River, go to Boat Quay and Clarke Quay, where you can find many good Indian restaurant serving a dazzling variety of food by the promenade. If you have set your heart on savoring local dishes like Roti Prata, Murtabak, biryanis and fish-head curry, head to the Islamic Restaurant and Zam Zam in the North Bridge Road near the Sultan Mosque. Truly, the magic of Singapore is never ending.  Indians in Singapore (2000)Religion(%)Hinduism55.4Islam25.6Christianity12Buddhism/Taoism0.7Other Religions5.6No Religion0.6Education, Literacy & Language(%)General Literacy Rate95.1Non-student population by highest qualification attained No qualification13.9Primary24.5Secondary26.4Upper Secondary15.6Polytechnic3.1University16.5Language most frequently spoken at home English35.6Mandarin0.1Chinese dialects0.1Malay11.6Tamil42.9Others9.7Economic CharacteristicsLabor force participation rate63.6Home ownership86.8Median monthly household income $2005  Workforce by occupation19902000Professional, Technical, Managerial22.343.3Clerical, Sales & Services32.029.2Production & Related24.115.4Cleaners & Laborers15.28.0Others6.44.3Source: Singapore Department of Statistics Related Itemslast_img read more

first_imgWest Indies Women:West Indies Women: H Matthews c Blackwell b Beams 66 S Taylor c Jonassen b Farrell 59 D Dottin not out 18 B Cooper not out 3 Extras (LB-2, WD-1) 3Total (For 2 wickets in 19.3 overs) 149 Fall of wickets: 1-120, 2-144.Bowling: J Jonassen 4-0-26-0, E Perry 3.3-0-27-0, M Schutt 3-0-26-0, R Farrell 4-0-35-1, K Beams 4-0-27-1, E Osborne 1-0-6-0. PTI AT ATlast_img

first_imgDelhi Daredevils rode on a powerful batting performance to defeatSunrisers Hyderabad by seven wickets in an Indian Premier League (IPL)clash at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Thursday.Daredevils jumped to the third spot in the points table by virtue of this win. They now have 12 points from 10 games. (This is how Pant, Samson helped DD return to winning ways)Opting to bowl, the Daredevils bowlers performed brilliantly to restrict the Sunrisers to a modest 146 for eight and then chased down the target with 11 balls to spare, riding on an unbeaten 72-runs stand between youngsters Sanju Samson (34 not out off 26) and Risabh Pant (39 not out off 26) for the fourth wicket.Despite the loss, the Sunrisers continued to lead the table with 14 points from 11 matches. (Duminy lauds bowlers, youngsters for Daredevils’ easy win)De Kock, Pant start on a positive noteChasing 147 for win, the Daredevils made a decent start reaching 20 off the first three overs before Mayank Agarwal (10) drove a lenght delivery from Ashish Nehra (1 for 23) straight to Yuvraj Singh at extra cover.Quinton de Kock (44 off 31), however, looked in good touch and flicked Nehra over square-leg for a massive six and then followed it up with a boundary. (Points Table)Karun Nair (20 off 17) matched his partner stroke for stroke and clobbered Barinder Sran for two fours in the next over.De Kock continued his onslaught and struck Sran for a four and six in the eight over to keep Delhi abreast with the asking rate.Henriques’ double strike dents DD  advertisementBut Moises Henriques (2 for 19) put the brake on Delhi’s charge by picking up two wickets in the 10th over.Henriques first dismissed Nair with a peach of a yorker and then two balls later accounted for the wicket of dangerous De Kock, caught by Naman Ojha behind the sumps although the batsman should consider himself a tad unlucky as TV replays showed there was hardly any nick.Pant and Samson lead DD’s chaseThereafter, it was the Samson and Pant show as the youngsters played sensibly and mixed caution with aggression to stitch an unbeaten 72 run stand for the fourth wicket that came off just 50 balls.The duo fearlessly played their strokes to make short work of the chase against an in-form Sunrisers bowling attack.Earlier, the Daredevils produced a superb bowling effort to restrict Sunrisers to a modest 146 for eight.Warner-Dhawan off to a brilliant start againThe hosts were once again off to a brilliant start as the opening duo of David Warner (46) and Shikhar Dhawan (34) fired 51 runs in the powerplay to lay the platform but lost the momentum as the Delhi bowlers bounced back with some brilliant efforts.Warner, who has been in prolific form this season, looked set for another big score but off-spinner Jayant Yadav foxed him with a slower one to dismiss him four short of his sixth half-century. The Australian smashed six boundaries and a six to add 67 with Dhawan.Mishra spins a web around SRHNext in, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson (27) joined Dhawan but the duo could add only 31 runs as leg-spinner Amit Mishra sent the southpaw packing. Dhawan’s 37-ball knock was laced with three hits to the fence.Mishra struck again in his very next over to remove incoming batsman Yuvraj Singh (8) and then Shami packed Moises Henriques off the first delivery of his third over to reduce the hosts to 114 for 4.Young Deepak Hooda (10) then added 21 runs for the fifth wicket with Williamson, only to be foolishly dismissed hit wicket from a slower delivery off Nathan Coulter-Nile.Williamson soon joined Hooda at the dug-out after being cleaned up by Chris Morris.Morris then ran out Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1) in his own follow through as wicketkeeper-batsman Naman Ojha (7), Barinder Sran (1) and Ashish Nehra (1) could only add seven runs in the last over.For the visitors, Mishra and Coulter-Nile picked two wickets while Yadav, Shami and Morris chipped in with one wicket apiece.Brief scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 146/8 (David Warner 46, Shikhar Dhawan 34, Kane Williamson 27, Mishra 2/19, Coulter-Nile 2/25) vs DelhiDaredevils 150/3 in 18.1 overs (Quinton de Kock 44, Rishabh Pant 39n.o., Sanju Samson 34 n.o.; Moises Henriques 2/19).last_img read more

first_imgLeicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel penned an emotional letter to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha following confirmation the club’s chairman was killed in Saturday’s helicopter crash outside the King Power Stadium.Schmeichel arrived at the club shortly after Srivaddhanaprabha had taken up the role of chairman and was part of the side that stunned the sporting world by winning the Premier League in 2015-16.On Sunday it was confirmed the Thai businessman was one of five people killed in a helicopter crash outside the King Power Stadium following Saturday’s 1-1 draw with West Ham. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Schmeichel was among a number of Leicester players to express their shock and grief on social media following the announcement, penning a considered tribute to the late Srivaddhanaprabha.The Denmark international wrote: “I cannot believe this is happening. I am totally devastated and heartbroken. I just cannot believe what I saw last night. It just doesn’t seem real!”It is difficult to put into words how much you have meant to this football club and to the city of Leicester.”We all know about the investment in the football club you and your family have made. But this is about so much more. You cared so deeply for not just the club but for the entire community.”Your endless contribution to Leicester’s hospitals and charities will never be forgotten. You went above and beyond in every aspect.”Never have I ever come across a man like you. So hard working, so dedicated, so passionate, so kind and so generous in the extreme.”You had time for everyone. You touched everyone. It didn’t matter who it was, you had time for them. I always admired you as a leader, as a father and as a man.”You changed football. Forever! You gave hope to everyone that the impossible was possible, not just to our fans but to fans all over the world in any sport! Not many people have done that.”When you signed me back in 2011 you said to me we would be in the Champions League within six years and we would do great things. You inspired me and I believed in you. You made me feel like nothing was impossible.”Without you and your family, all this, everything we did together, everything we achieved, would never have happened. You gave me experiences that only happen in fantasy.”You literally made my dreams come true.pic.twitter.com/sV5uJhJSsO— Kasper Schmeichel (@kschmeichel1) October 28, 2018″But what I am most proud of is to have been part of your vision. The environment you created. “This club, this city is a family. And that is all because of you. For this I am eternally grateful.”I am grateful to have known you and grown close to you and your amazing family and for all the private moments and joint experiences I had with you on a personal level.”It breaks my heart to know I will never see you in the dressing room when I come in early from my warm-up and have a chat about everything and nothing. That you won’t be there having fun and laughing with the boys and seeing your infectious smile and enthusiasm that rubbed off on everyone you came into contact with.”We now have a responsibility as a club, as players and fans to honour you.”From knowing you we do this by being the family you created. By sticking together and supporting those closest to you through [this] horrendous time.”You had a vision for this club, you wanted the best for us. There was absolutely nothing you wouldn’t do for us.”You were so passionate. We must honour your legacy by delivering for you on the pitch like you also wanted and continue being the close-knit family club that you built.”You will never know how much you meant to me and my family.”I am truly honoured and privileged to have been a small part of your life.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgIrani Cup champions Vidarbha will be donating their entire prize money to the families of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans who were martyred in the Pulwama terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir earlier this week.The Irani Cup match ended in a draw in Nagpur on Saturday but Vidarbha ended up on the winning side thanks to their 95-run first innings lead against Rest of India.”We have decided to donate the prize money to the families of the martyrs at Pulwama. A small gesture from our side,” Vidarbha captain Faiz Fazal said at the post-match presentation ceremony.Vidarbha are proving why they are champions on an off the field. The #IraniTrophy winners led by @faizfazal have decided to hand over their prize money to family members of martyrs of #PulwamaTerroristAttack. pic.twitter.com/Rh6i44nXrIBCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) February 16, 2019Vidarbha will be getting Rs 10 lakh as prize money for winning the Irani Cup which they have decided to donate. Vidarbha is the third team in Indian domestic cricket history to defend the Ranji Trophy and Irani Cup after Bombay and Karnataka.Earlier on Saturday, former India cricketer Virender Sehwag also offered to help out the families of the CRPF martyrs by offering to bear the educational expenses of the children of all the CRPF personnel martyred in the dastardly terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama.On Thursday, at least 40 CRPF paramilitary troopers were killed in a terrorist attack while several others are battling for their lives following what is being termed as the deadliest terrorist strike in three decades in the valley.advertisement”Nothing we can do will be enough, but the least I can do is offer to take complete care of the education of the children of our brave CRPF jawans martyred in #Pulwama in my Sehwag International School @SehwagSchool, Jhajjar. Saubhagya hoga,” Sehwag wrote on his twitter handle.Star boxer Vijender Singh, who is employed with Haryana Police, is donating a month’s salary.”I’m donating my one month’s salary for the martyrs of #PulwamaTerrorAttack and want everyone to come forward and support the families. It is our moral duty to always standby them and make them feel proud of their sacrifices. Jai Hind,” the Olympic medallist said.last_img read more

first_img4. Gilbert dropped two picks in a row (one a pick six). I wish Isaiah Anderson wasn’t playing so well so I could make a joke about how much they probably hang out.5. Quinn Sharp’s 51-yard field goal might have been good from 81. Just not from Ames.6. We definitely made Dana proud yesterday: blocking punts up 38, flea flickers, reverses. We even went under center (!) as a “we don’t even respect you guys to use our regular V formation” message toward Tuberville. There are no headsets intact within a 100-mile radius of Lubbock right now.7. This is a Nolo special from way back: why don’t we run a white Bullet out after white guy TDs? How awesome would that be?8. How little did Sharp care about breaking his 11 straight FG streak? He just walked over to the sideline, took a sip of the limey he had a trainer pour in his Gatorade bottle at halftime, and threw some Bob Marley on his headphones. Still gonna win the Groza, bros.9. James Castleman has more INT this year than Brodrick Brown and Justin Gilbert combined. That’s all.10. I loved Joe Randle going over the pile to make it 52-14. On a scale of 1 to Markel I give him a seven on the effort.Everything you wanted from a senior day against Tech with a Cotton Bowl berth (!) still hanging in the balance. It’s been a wild ride from day one this season but I’m not sure I could have picked a more exciting, dramatic, fun squad to cover from the beginning of last year to now[1. Oregon bloggers snickering]. On to Norman.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Nov 17 2012 Stillwater OK USA Oklahoma State Cowboys linebacker Lyndell Johnson 27 celebrates during the third quarter against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit Richard Rowe US PRESSWIREPhoto Attribution: US PresswireBig thanks to Nolan Cox for giving great effort to help me with this one since I was driving for part of it.1. One thing I noticed on the radio broadcast is how giddy Robert Allen was about how many different things OU has to gameplan for. Am I ridiculous for thinking this is just a faux idea broadcasters and analysts conjure up so they can act like they know what they’re talking about?I’m not just talking about Robert Allen either. All I hear about on SportsCenter is how difficult it is to gameplan for the Jets and all their weapons at QB and…yeah…4-6 is 4-6. Walsh is going to run, Chelf is going to throw and do smart Chelf stuff and maybe run a little but I don’t think Mike Stoops is losing much sleep over any of it.2. Has Gundy apologized to Kelly Hines yet for yelling at her over calling Walsh’s dad and getting a second opinion on his knee? Because he should.3. Chelf had a throw in the first half when OSU was tied at 7 on a third down to Josh Stewart that was the most “I’ve been in the program for four years and I know what the heck I’m doing” throw ever. Stewart was going over the middle right into a Tech safety, Chelf realized he only needed five yards for the first, so he tossed a rope right at Stewart’s back right shoulder where he could twist and fall over the first down marker to keep the drive alive. Small, but clutch.last_img read more

first_imgOver 300 teams will compete at the four day event, including teams from Kambala Girls School and Reddam House School in New South Wales and Papanui High School in New Zealand. Round games will be played for the first three days of the event, with finals to be played on Sunday, 10 October. Six divisions will be contested at the tournament, including the following divisions: Junior Boys, Junior Girls, Junior Mixed, Open Boys, Open Girls and Open Mixed. Benowa State High School will be going for its third title in a row in the Junior Boys division, while it will also be looking to win back-to-back Junior Mixed titles. In the Junior Girls division, last year’s runners up, All Hallows, will be looking to go one place better than in 2009, with last year’s winner, Cavendish Road State High School, not attending. In the Open Boys division, Keebra Park State High School will be looking for its third consecutive title, following wins in 2008 and 2009. Keebra Park will also be hoping to go one place better in the Open Girls division, with last year’s winners, Caboolture, not attending. The Open Mixed division is back in 2010, after not being played at last year’s event. The finals will be played on Sunday, with the Open and Junior Mixed finals to be played at 1.00pm, the Junior Girls and Boys finals to be played at 1.40pm and the Open Girls and Boys finals to be played at 2.20pm. For more information, please visit the Queensland All Schools Championships website: www.qldallschools.comlast_img read more

first_imgBarcelona are preparing to begin talks with Paris Saint-Germain over the signing of Neymar.The Ligue 1 champions have been steadfast over their asking price for the Brazil international and have been sticking to their €222 million (£200m/$249m) valuation of the player they signed from Barca in 2017.There may well be movement on that price, however, with the 27-year-old keen to make the return to Camp Nou and the Liga giants getting ready to make an official offer in the coming days. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Indeed, in a summer that has been dominated by speculation regarding Neymar’s future, the Catalan club’s president Josep Bartomeu went public with his claim that the former Santos star wanted to leave the Parisians. And while Neymar has since returned to training with the French club, he has played no part in their pre-season preparations and had to watch from the stands as his team-mates beat Rennes 2-1 to win the Trophee des Champions on Saturday.Sources have told Goal that the Ligue 1 side are aware of the player’s desire to re-join Barca and the transfer may well have already happened had the potential buying team not been the Catalans.PSG Neymar MbappeThat’s because relations between both clubs have soured ever since Neymar made the decision to quit Barca, in somewhat acrimonious circumstances, and make the move to France.As a result, PSG will not make it easy for Ernesto Valverde’s side to complete a transfer although they will be acutely aware of the negative impact a continued saga will have on the club ahead of the start of the 2019-20 campaign.To that end, time is running out for Barca to get any potential deal done, with Ligue 1 kicking off on August 9, while the new La Liga season officially gets started a week later, on August 16.Despite Malcom having joined Zenit in a deal that could rise to €45m (£41m/$50m), Barca still need to raise further cash to help fund a move for Neymar.Rafinha Alcantara is set to leave in the coming days, while Philippe Coutinho would almost certainly need to be moved on to make room for his international compatriot and Ivan Rakitic is another who remains up for sale.Lionel Messi Neymar BarcelonaAs reported by Goal in November 2018, ‘Operation Neymar’ had already begun in earnest and although there were doubts amongst the Barca board over the merits of bringing back the Brazilian, there is now universal agreement that the transfer would be a positive.PSG, meanwhile, have publicly stated their determination to retain Neymar, with Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani having stated that they want him to remain, while head coach Thomas Tuchel has frequently insisted that it’s a matter to be resolved between the player and the club.Marco Verratti has also spoken out over the rumours, although he suggested the 27-year-old should be allowed to move on if it’s his desire to exit the Ligue 1 champions.It remains to be seen how negotiations will play out between Barca and PSG as the Parisians remain intent on receiving the maximum possible fee for one of their prized assets.But with the Catalans making that first move to initiate talks, there may well be movement on the price, especially if the player attempts to further force the issue and his situation at Parc des Princes becomes untenable.last_img read more

first_imgStory Highlights Small exhibition of historic photographs of Jamaica opens in London Her Excellency Aloun Ndombet Assamba presented with a 200 year old map of Jamaica The images reflected Jamaica’s very rich and diverse history and culture The Jamaican High Commission in London marked Independence Day, August 6, with the opening of a small exhibition of historic photographs of Jamaica.The occasion also saw High Commissioner, Her Excellency Aloun Ndombet Assamba, being presented with a 200 year old map of Jamaica by entrepreneur and philanthropist, Tony Bullimore, who expressed appreciation for the work and support that the High Commission has given to the Jamaican community in the United Kingdom over the years.Among the pieces on exhibit are copies of the original press release and statement by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office announcing Jamaica’s Independence from Britain in 1962. It was facilitated by the UK National Archives, and the photographs are part of the larger British Colonial Office photographic collection, charting life in Jamaica from 1860 to the 1960’s.The exhibition also represents a small sample of the images that are a part of the National Archives “Caribbean through a Lens” programme, which aims to bring the collection to life by initiating conversation, interpretation and personal reflections.Chosen by the members of staff of the Jamaican High Commission, the images reflect Jamaica’s very rich and diverse history and culture.According to the introductory note for the exhibition, “the photos also serve to remind us of the close ties between Jamaica and the United Kingdom, including our country’s contribution to the war effort during World War II, which included providing a home to Gibraltar nationals who were evacuated to the island in 1940.”last_img read more

first_imgzoom The tariffs which visiting sea-going vessels pay in the port of Rotterdam will increase by 0.5% next year, half of the past year’s inflation rate, Rotterdam Port Authority said.This is in accordance with the three-year agreement made last year between Deltalinqs, VRC, VNPI and the Port Authority on changes to the port tariffs.At the time, the parties agreed to allow an increase in tariffs equal to half of the inflation rate, with a maximum of 1% per annum, for a period of three years.In the container sector, the Port Authority said it would increase the discount for containers as it aims to increase the number of transhipment containers at the port.The port tariff for such a container is about €8 on average. The current discount of €2.50 will be increased to €3.75 in 2016 per deepsea container. For feeder containers, the existing transhipment discount of €2.50 per container will remain in place for the coming two years.The tariff discounts for deepsea container vessels (sailing between continents) that visit the port for the second time, which equals to 25% of the normal rate, will remain in place, the ports said. This encourages the largest, heavily laden container vessels arriving in Northwest Europe to first call at Rotterdam to unload part of their cargo, then dock in a few other ports before returning to Rotterdam on their way back to Asia, so that they can leave Europe fully laden.In conformity with the three-year agreement made with the VNPI, the tariff for tankers carrying crude oil will remain 1.5% below inflation again in 2016. This means a 0.5% fall in the tariff in 2016.The existing discount for clean ships, the Environmental Ship Index (ESI), will be continued. Ships which score 31 points on the index receive a 10% discount on the ship section of the port tariff. This discount is doubled if ships have relatively low nitrogen emissions.As with the sea port tariffs, the port authority has agreed that in 2016 the inland port tariffs will be linked to the inflation index, at half the inflation rate, up to a maximum of 1% per annum.last_img read more

first_imgThousands of children in Nova Scotia will visit their local libraries this summer for fun books, crafts, games and activities offered through the Summer Reading Club. The Summer Reading Club was launched nationally today, June 16, at Alderney Gate Public Library in Dartmouth. All libraries in Nova Scotia are offering the program, which encourages children aged five to 12 to read books over the summer. “Our children build confidence in their literacy skills when they are active readers over the summer months,” said Education Minister Karen Casey. “Families have access to a wide range of programs and collections at their local public library, which will help children practice and maintain their reading skills.” Last year, about 12,000 children across the province took part in summer reading programs, reading more than 130,000 books over the summer months. This year’s participants will have fun exploring the theme Laugh Out Loud. Each participant will receive a colourful poster, stickers and an activity book as a part of their free reading kit. Many libraries will also offer reading games, discussions, book-related crafts, author visits and story-telling sessions. Families are encouraged to contact local library branches to find out more about program registration and special events. The program will run until the end of August. The Summer Reading Club is a national initiative organized by TD Bank Financial Group in co-operation with Library and Archives Canada, and is implemented annually through public libraries. In 2007, more than 430,000 children across Canada participated in TD Summer Reading Club related activities.last_img read more

first_imgMadrid: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has awarded the organisation of the 2026 Winter Olympic Games to Milan-Cortina d’Ampezzo over Stockholm-Are. It will be the third Winter Olympics Italy organises following the 1956 and 2006 games, held in Cortina and Turin respectively, reports Efe news. “Milano-Cortina elected as host for the Winter Olympic Games 2026,” the IOC posted to its official Twitter account on Monday. Milan will succeed Beijing which is set to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ Medvedev Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte led his country’s delegate on Monday for the final representation during the IOC’s assembly held in the Swiss city of Lausanne. “We are proud of this great result! Italy has won: a whole country that has worked together with the ambition to create and offer the world a “memorable” sporting event #Olimpiadi2026 #MilanoCortina,” Conte tweeted. President Sergio Mattarella addressed the delegate via a video-conference. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’ships A young skater born in Lausanne handed IOC’s President Thomas Bach of Germany an envelope that included the winning bid after the committee members voted. The Italian bid got 47 votes out of 81 valid votes, seven more than the minimum required, while 34 members voted for Stockholm-Are. Only one of the members abstained from the secret voting, according to the IOC’s official Twitter account.last_img read more

first_imgThe Canadian Press FREDERICTON — A Fredericton man accused of murdering four people in an August shooting spree is set to return to court today following a psychiatric assessment.The assessment was ordered to determine if Matthew Raymond can be found criminally responsible for the crimes he has been accused of.He is charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Fredericton police constables Sara Burns and Robb Costello, and civilians Donnie Robichaud and Bobbie Lee Wright.Raymond, who is in his late 40s, was previously found fit to stand trial after a shorter assessment, although details of the arguments seeking the assessments are under a publication ban.He is alleged to have fired from his apartment window with a long gun, killing the two civilians as they loaded a car for a trip on Aug. 10, and the two police officers as they responded to the scene.Raymond has previously told a judge there is evidence that would allow him to be “exonerated” immediately because of temporary insanity.last_img read more

first_imgGrammy-nominated singer-songwriter Jewel has unveiled a new song, “Sing On,” in support of LUNG FORCE, a new initiative to make lung cancer in women a public health priority, drive policy change and increase research funding.LUNG FORCE is a national movement led by the American Lung Association in partnership with national presenting sponsor CVS Caremark. All proceeds from Jewel’s song, available on iTunes, will benefit LUNG FORCE to further the fight against lung cancer in women.Jewel is lending her voice by creating “Sing On” to help raise awareness of, and hope for, the fight against lung cancer in women. As a singer, Jewel relies on her lungs every day to breathe, speak, laugh and sing. That’s why she’s made it her mission to ensure that all women realize that lung cancer can happen to anyone.Rallying LUNG FORCE Voices“After learning that lung cancer is the number one cancer killer of women in the U.S. I wanted to write a song that would unite women and their loved ones to take much-needed action in the fight against this disease,” said Jewel. “With ‘Sing On’ I want women to know that there is hope and that we are all raising our voices in support of their battle.”In supporting LUNG FORCE, Jewel joins actress and author Valerie Harper as well as entertainer and country music star Kellie Pickler, who have both been personally affected by lung cancer. Harper battled lung cancer while Pickler lost her grandmother to lung cancer just one day after she was diagnosed. Pickler’s grandmother played an important role in her life and continues to serve as an inspiration for her work.“We’re honored to have Jewel on board as a key LUNG FORCE voice,” said Harold Wimmer, National President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Lung Association. “Lung cancer in women needs to be a public health priority. To accomplish that, we have to change our thinking about the disease and increase awareness and education.”Jewel also appears alongside Pickler in a LUNG FORCE public service announcement, calling on women to understand lung cancer’s impact, share what they know with others, and join the fight at LUNGFORCE.org.Video: Jewel And Kellie Pickler Talk Lung CancerCVS Caremark Continues Its Support of LUNG FORCECVS/pharmacy announced yesterday an in-store fundraising campaign to help fight the number one cancer killer of women – lung cancer. CVS Caremark is the national presenting sponsor of LUNG FORCE, and all funds raised through the campaign will benefit this new health initiative. From now through June 29, CVS/pharmacy customers will have the opportunity to contribute to LUNG FORCE at the register in stores nationwide or online at www.cvs.com/lung with all proceeds going to support the movement. Earlier this year, CVS Caremark announced its decision to remove tobacco from its retail stores.last_img read more

first_img(Former dean Angelique EagleWoman. Photo: Willow Fiddler/APTN)Dennis WardAPTN NewsA First Nation lawyer and former dean of the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law is suing Lakehead University for discrimination.There was great fanfare when Angelique EagleWoman was appointed as dean of Bora Laskin in Thunder Bay in January 2016.On Wednesday, a statement sent out by EagleWoman’s lawyer says she “faced opposition and hostility from some within the University not long after she assumed her duties in May 2016.”EagleWoman announced her departure as dean in April 2018, citing “systemic discrimination and a hostile work environment.”EagleWoman is suing the university for “constructive dismissal and racial discrimination.”The suit, filed in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, seeks $2.67-million for a loss of income for the remainder of her term as Dean and compensation for losing a lifetime position as a full professor in the faculty of law.EagleWoman is also claiming damages under the human rights code for “discrimination as well as moral, aggravated and punitive damages.”The lawsuit follows what is described as a difficult two years as dean that “was marked by a toxic work environment, lack of resources and understaffing, and demeaning and paternalistic micro-management by the University’s senior administration.” In an email response, Lakehead University acknowledged it has received a statement of claim from EagleWoman’s lawyer.Lakehead says it “does not comment on any litigation or personnel matters.”None of the allegations in the statement of claim have been tested in court.EagleWoman had moved her family to Thunder Bay to take on the role of dean and professor of law at the school that bills itself as a “unique law school with a focus on Northern Ontario” that was committed to Aboriginal and Indigenous Law.EagleWoman, who is a member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota Oyate Tribe, has since found a position at a law school in Minnesota.Her interim replacement at the law school in Thunder Bay, provincial Justice George Patrick Smith, was also controversial.Leaders of Nishnawbe Aski Nation and Kitchenumaykoosib Inninuwug called on Lakehead University to rescind the appointment.In 2008, Justice Smith sentenced KI Chief Donny Morris and five members of council to prison during a lengthy fight over mining activity on their traditional territory.The jailing of the so-called KI-6 made national headlines at the time.dward@aptn.ca@denniswardnewslast_img read more

first_imgBERLIN — European Union officials have agreed to ban some single-use plastics, such as disposable cutlery, plates and straws, in an effort to cut marine pollution.Representatives from the EU’s 28 member states and the European Parliament said Wednesday they’re following a recommendation made earlier this year by the bloc’s executive branch.Once the ban is formally approved, countries will have two years to implement it.The measure will also affect plastic cotton buds, drink stirrers, balloon sticks, and single-use plastic and polystyrene food and beverage containers.The EU also wants to increase the use of recycled plastic and reduce the amount of tiny plastic particles released from wet wipes, cigarette stubs and other items.There is growing concern about the accumulation of so-called microplastics in the oceans.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Ever try to get inside the mind of a teenager?Dr. Ron Clavier has, and he will discuss teen behaviour during the Centre for Lifespan Development Research‘s Speaker Series Monday, Nov. 17.Entitled Teen Brain, Teen Mind: A Neuro-Developmental Approach to Living and Working With Adolescents, Dr. Clavier argues that a clear understanding of the developing brain is the key to unlocking the age-old mysteries of why teens and pre-teens act the way they act and think the way they think.Since 1982, Dr. Clavier has run a private practice in clinical psychology, basing it on his background as a neuroscientist.His presentation will address topics of relevance to professionals in the health and education communities who work with teens and pre-teens.Dr. Clavier will offer numerous coping tips and strategies designed to ease tensions and improve communications.This is event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required as space is limited.For more information or to RSVP for the event, please contact Jayne Morrish or Allison Flynn-Bowman at lifespan@brocku.ca or call 905-688-5550 x4566*****Topic: Teen Brain, Teen Mind: A Neuro-Developmental Approach to Living and Working With Adolescents – Presented by Dr. Ron ClavierWhen: Monday, Nov. 17 from 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.Where: Brock University – Plaza Building, room 600F-500 read more

In a statement to the press, Council President Ambassador Adolfo Aguilar Zinser of Mexico said members welcomed the report submitted by a Panel of Experts on the violations of the embargo, which have continued despite peace agreements between the warring factions. The report issued to the Council at the end of last month by the three-person Panel says most factions have continued to fight and import or receive weapons. In addition, the report also states that the arms market in the country is not supplied by local elements only, but also external sources. Council Members expressed their deep concern about this continued flow of weapons and military equipment from sources outside Somalia and called on all Member States to support and cooperate with the Panel in the implementation of its mandate, which was last week extended for another six months. The Panel is, “mandated to collect independent information on violations of the arms embargo in Somalia and to provide recommendations on possible practical steps and measures for its effective implementation,” Ambassador Zinser said. Members also reaffirmed the importance of the sovereignty, territorial integrity, political independence and unity of Somalia, the Council President said. They expressed their intention to continue the discussion on the arms embargo implementation. read more

The UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Information for Development Program (infoDev), which works to promote effective use of ICT as tools for poverty reduction and sustainable development, launched the new web-based Regulation Toolkit, designed to help address complex regulatory challenges emerging as the ICT industry evolves. The remaining phases are scheduled to come online between now and 2006.An update and expansion of infoDev’s influential 2000 print publication “Telecom Regulators’ Handbook,” the new online toolkit is aimed at national and regional regulatory agencies, policy-makers, and others with an active interest in ICT regulation. Nearly 140 countries worldwide now have a national regulatory authority, with the vast majority having been put in place during the last 10 years.“Today’s regulators and policy makers – especially those in the developing world – are seeking practical advice and concrete best practice guidelines to help grow their national ICT markets,” said Hamadoun Touré, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT). “The new ICT Regulation Toolkit responds to this demand by providing a first-class product on policy and regulation.”Conceived as a permanently evolving resource, the toolkit consists of a series of modules on key regulatory issues in the rapidly converging ICT sector. Users will be able to gain access to reference documents containing information on best practice and industry precedents. The Toolkit will be regularly updated to ensure that it incorporates the very latest information on regulatory strategies, best practice and country case studies.The first module, which went live today, covers authorization of telecommunication services. It addresses such issues as different authorization approaches and practices, and also highlights recent trends toward lighter authorization and licensing practices that reduce barriers to market entry.The subsequent modules will cover legal and institutional aspects of regulation; interconnection; price regulation and competition; new technologies and their impact on regulation and radio spectrum management. read more