first_img(REOPENS CAL8)(REOPENS CAL8)The EC had filed two FIRs against TMC strongman Anubrata Mondal in Birbhum district for venturing out of his constituency despite warning and for going to cast his vote sporting TMCs election symbol on his kurta.An FIR was also filed against actor-turned-BJP leader Locket Chatterjee for threatening the presiding officer of a booth in West Bengals Birbhum district.The commission had also showcaused TMCs Abdur Rezzak Mollah and CPI-Ms Mohammed Salim for violating the model code of conduct. PTI SCH MD RGlast_img read more

first_imgVirat Kohli continued to torment New Zealand with the bat, hitting an unbeaten 85 to secure a six-wicket victory for India with nearly 17 overs to spare in the first one-day international at Dharamsala on Sunday. (SCORECARD)India’s bowlers laid the foundations for a comprehensive win when they dismissed New Zealand for a meagre 190 inside 44 overs but the chase, at one stage, looked far from a cakewalk. (This is how Kohli, Pandya decimated New Zealand)Ajinkya Rahane (33) and Rohit Sharma (14) put on 49 runs for the opening wicket, but New Zealand did not throw in the towel, reducing India to 102/3 in the 20th over.Kohli, whose double century in Indore helped India complete a 3-0 whitewash in the test series against the Kiwis, then added 60 runs with ODI skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (21) to take the game away from the tourists. (Hardik Pandya becomes fourth Indian to win Man of the Match on ODI debut)The duo went about accumulating runs with a mixture of caution and aggression.Dhoni was run out after an almighty mix-up but Kohli stayed put, before sealing the win with a massive six off Ish Sodhi. Kohli’s 81-ball knock also included nine boundaries. (I was nervous, says Hardik Pandya)Trent Boult had a chance to catch Kohli, then on 60, off his own bowling but spilled the ball.Earlier, Tom Latham’s unbeaten 79 and Tim Southee’s maiden half-century helped New Zealand recover from 65/7 and reach 190 before the tourists were all out in the 44th over.India had flexed their spin muscles in the preceding test series but it was their pacemen who blew away the Kiwi top order on Sunday after Dhoni elected to field.advertisementHardik Pandya (3/31) made an eventful start to his one-day career, conceding three boundaries in his first five deliveries before dismissing Martin Guptill (12) with the sixth. (Hardik Pandya’s performance is important for us, says skipper MS Dhoni)He and Umesh Yadav (2/31) combined to reduce New Zealand to 48-5 in the 13th over before the spinners joined the party.Off-spinner Kedar Jadhav dismissed Jimmy Neesham and Mitchell Santner off successive deliveries and leg-spinner Amit Mishra (3/49) sent back Doug Bracewell to leave New Zealand tottering at 106-8 in the 32nd over.Yadav dropped Southee (55) when on two, and the batsman made the most of the reprieve, smashing three sixes in his 45-ball cameo as he and Latham added an innings-high 71 runs for the ninth wicket to lend some respectability to the score.Latham’s unbeaten knock included seven boundaries and a six.The teams travel to Delhi for the second ODI of the five-match series on Thursday.last_img read more

first_imgChandigarh, May 3 (PTI) In an effort to involve youth to check gender-based violence, the Haryana Police today launched an online drive called Youth Against Sexual Harassment here.Speaking at a programme here, Haryana DGP BS Sandhu called upon the states youth to join YASH, an anti-sexual harassment online community shepherded by police and with a strong ground presence.Spelling out what he called a “broad-spectrum” strategy, the DGP said that the police across the state is working on a comprehensive plan to make home, street and workplace safer for women.”The aim is to secure eve-teasing prone hotspots through warning and helpline signage, CCTV, plainclothes traps and uniformed patrolling, seek involvement of all, particularly youth, to bring about a change in mindset and behavioural transformation through awareness campaigns and programmes,” he said.He said that YASH is second arm of polices anti-eve teasing programme.”Police will act tough against maniac, psychopaths and incorrigible. But for the ones getting carried by cinema, popular literature and false notions and confusing victimisation for courtship, we are giving a platform to come together to have a debate, to take a clear stand against gender-based violence, including eve teasing.”The idea is to help our youth to know where the line is and give them an opportunity to be part of the solution,” he said.Earlier, briefing the DGP about the status of crime against women in the first quarter (Jan-March) of 2017, Additional Director General of Police, OP Singh said that across the state, 118 cases of molestation, 148 cases of sexual harassment, 52 cases of disrobing, 3 cases of voyeurism, 51 cases of stalking and 26 cases of eve teasing have been reported and police was taking action against the offenders.advertisement”The actual situation may be worse, given the deep-rooted cultural inhibition about reporting sexual violence,” OP Singh said.YASH, he said, will help in removing the stigma and exposing these as plain gender-based crime calling for prompt reporting and swift action.About enrolment, he said that all women police stations will work as the nodal offices for the online membership drive starting today.The district police will reach out to schools, colleges, Nehru Yuva Kendra, National Service Scheme Volunteers, National Youth Corps, National Cadet Corps, Haryana Cadet Corps, Rotary Clubs, Lions Clubs, Sports, Youth & Cultural clubs, journalists, NGOs, among others.This will be done to encourage those with an aptitude for volunteering and mentoring to register for the programme by logging on the website mahilapolicestation.in and filling up the membership form.”The membership will be open till May 15 and will be limited to 5000 enthusiastic volunteers in every district. Care will be taken to ensure that it is representative in character and takes onboard all sections of youth.”Once the membership drive is over, a workshop will be organised in every district to train them for different activities aimed at building public opinion against eve teasing. All members will be encouraged to be creative and work as per their convenience and skill set,” Singh said.”It is a unique opportunity for the youth in the state”, Singh said, adding, “to develop leadership qualities, be socially responsible and, above all, be part of a 110,000- strong online community connected through the programs Facebook and Twitter page.”While the cops in Haryana are looking towards involving youth to curb eve teasing, in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, the police have set up anti-Romeo squads to eradicate the problem of eve teasing and ensure that women in the state are safe. PTI SUN ARKlast_img read more

first_imgIndia pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar feels that the dismissal of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma off Jason Behrendorff’s in the very first over of the innings tilted scales in Australia’s favour.Rookie left-arm pacer Behrendorff took 4/21 in 4 overs as Australia levelled the three-match T20 series winning the second game by eight wickets.”He (Behrendorff) bowled really well. He made full use of the wicket. It was the perfect kind of wicket for the line and length he bowled,” Bhuvneshwar said at the post-match news conference.”You need to be bit fortunate to get three or four wickets in T20s. Rohit’s (Sharma) and (Virat) Kohli’s wickets were the crucial point for us in the first over itself,” he added.Pace aided by swing did make a lot of difference for Behrendorff, opined Bhuvneshwar.”That’s his natural thing. He swings the ball, he got pace. As I said, you have to be fortunate to get three or four wickets in T20Is. He was fortunate to have got those wickets.”Contrary to popular belief that it will be a run-feast, the wicket was not great for batting, reckoned the UP pacer.”It was a tough wicket for batting. Rain was around, it was a damp wicket. So you know, Australian bowlers made the most of the wicket,” he said on Australia, opting to bowl after winning the toss.India could never get going after the early jolt as Kedar Jadhav (27) was Indian top-scorer, followed by Hardik Pandya (25) to be folded for 118 in the last ball.advertisement”I think we tried to rebuild it. But we couldn’t do it. We can’t really put a finger on someone and say it was their fault. So it was just an off day for us.”Defending the paltry total, Jasprit Bumrah (1/25) and Bhuvneshwar (1/9) dismissed the two Aussie openers David Warner (2) and Aaron Finch (8) respectively inside three overs. But India failed to make further inroads as Moises Henriques (62 not out) and Travis Head (48 not out) sealed an eight-wicket win.”We tried our best to take an initial wicket. But if you have to win the match, you have to keep taking wickets, especially in the middle overs which we couldn’t do. I would say they bowled better than us,” Bhuvneshwar added.Both Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah bowled three overs each without completing their quota. The pacer said that it was captain’s call.”There is something part of a strategy… what the captain is thinking, what he wants to do. He made us bowl three overs each in the Powerplay and we took a wicket each.”It is up to him if he wanted us to bowl, we could have completed our quota. But that was his (Virat Kohli’s) thinking. We can’t really say we could have bowled the way we began,” he concluded.last_img read more

first_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Industry Way back in the days of yore we used to call the year 2000, I decided that this would be an auspicious time to leave my existing job and form my own company, which I did with two close friends.Looking back, we didn’t have a clue. There were so many “gotchas” that almost did “get us” — from little things like “Don’t create a cunning logo that turns into an unintelligible smudge when photocopied in black and white,” to big things like “What’s the plan if one of the partners decides to leave the company and fulfill his lifelong dream of snorkeling his way up the Amazon?” Not that this latter case actually occurred, you understand — the truth was much stranger — but it wasn’t something we had thought out in advance.It’s not that I’m trying to deter anyone from founding their own company — doing so can be one of the most rewarding things you ever get to do — it’s just that there are a lot of things that, if you don’t know about them, can bite you in the nether regions when you least expect it; contra wise, knowing about them ahead of time can make your life so much easier.(Source: pixabay.com) One of the great things about the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) is that you get to rub shoulders with your peers, including those who have set up their own companies and succeeded… or failed. (In our case we had 10 good years, and then we had a brilliant idea and put all of our money into it. In hindsight — the one exact science — it wasn’t such a good idea LOL.)All of which brings us to the forthcoming ESC Minneapolis, September 21-22, 2016. One of the sessions is How To Start Your Own Start-up . This will be a panel discussion moderated by yours truly. I will be joined by a number of my engineering chums who have formed their own start-ups — some with spectacular success.The first half of the session will involve each member of the panel offering some sage words of advice. We’ll follow this with a question and answer period in which attendees can delve deeper into those topics that most interest them.This session will be held in the ESC Engineering Theater, which means it’s open to all pass types — both the 2-Day Conference Pass and the FREE Expo-Only Pass; either way, of course, you will need to be registered to attend. Hopefully I’ll see you there.center_img Continue Reading Previous Trigger warningsNext Ask a consultant at ESC Minneapolis 2016last_img read more

first_imgThe 33-year-old striker now finally has something to look up to at the fag end of his career, having been picked by ISL newbies Jamshedpur FC in the players’ draft. “I am training on my own. I am keeping myself fit so that I do not face any problems when the pre-season starts. I want to make a mark this time around,” he signed off. Ashim Biswas ISL 2017: Forgotten star Ashim Biswas eyes redemption at Jamshedpur FC Ritabrata Banerjee Last updated 2 years ago 04:27 9/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ashim Biswas (centre) Mohun Bagan East Bengal Indian Super League I-League From the next big thing in Indian football to playing in the second division, Goal takes a look at the journey of Ashim Biswas in Indian football… Ashim Biswas, who used to be a familiar face for the Indian football fans during the first half of the last decade, is eyeing to make it big again at the highest stage of domestic league football, having signed for new entrants Jamshedpur FC for the upcoming season of Indian Super League (ISL).The forward had spent his youth career with GRP Danapur, an army-side based at the small town of Danapur near Patna before coming to Kolkata in 2001, when he appeared for a trial at Tollygunge Agragami and got selected. Tollygunge, a small outfit based in South Kolkata, first used to be a feeder club for Kolkata giants East Bengal and Mohun Bagan before making an entry into the National Football League (NFL).Biswas, who quickly made his name as a promising youngster, was lucky enough to play under the tutelage of legendary coach Amal Dutta at Agragami. He spent a couple of seasons there before catching the eyes of  the then Mohun Bagan coach Subrata Bhattacharya, who them brought him to the century-old club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘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 Even before he had donned the Green and Maroon jersey, Biswas broke into the Indian national team squad as a 20-year-old youngster. He was selected for the SAFF Championship 2003 in Bangladesh by coach Stephen Constantine as a replacement for Bhaichung Bhutia, who had missed out due to an injury.Ashim grabbed this opportunity with both hands and made a mark in his very first international game. He was handed his debut in the second game of the competition, after the Blue Tigers suffered a humiliating loss against Pakistan in the first tie. Biswas opened the scoring on the half-hour mark and hit the net again in the 63rd minute to play a stellar role in the side’s 4-0 victory against Afghanistan.Only a couple of days later, he followed it up with an 88th minute equalising goal against Sri Lanka.For the next two years, Biswas was a regular part of the Indian side and was touted to be one of the main contenders to be Bhaichung’s worthy successor. Ashim made his way into the elite section of Indian footballers way before his team-mate Sunil Chhetri, who is only eight months younger than him.But like the ascent, the downfall too came very early in his career. After enjoying two highly successful seasons with Mohun Bagan, he left for Goa to join Salgaocar, only to be plagued by several injuries and had to return to Kolkata after two forgettable years.Lack of regular playing minutes drifted Ashim away from the national side and new coach Bob Houghton had by then found a replacement in Sunil Chhetri, who was in good scoring form for the Mariners before joing JCT.“I was crazy about the game. I never took my injuries seriously. As soon I used to recover from an injury, I used to start playing. Actually even I did not have much idea about all these things during that time,” Biswas told Goal recalling his days in the sun.Ashim Biswas“We did not have the luxury of having a physiotherapist which every team has nowadays. I think not taking injuries seriously was the biggest mistake I made.”Ashim was one of the breakaway stars in Constantine’s first stintin India, but due to lack of guidance and sufficient knowledge he failed to make it big in Indian football.“I do not regret anything. I believe this was my destiny, there is no point regretting anything,” added the veteran forward, who has also represented the likes of East Bengal, Mohammedan Sporting and Southern Samity.last_img read more

first_imgA graphic showing Notre Dame's poor defensive stats.Twitter/@AndrewPainoNo, seriously, there is a petition to get Brian VanGorder out of Notre Dame as defensive coordinator.During last week’s 36-28 loss to Michigan State, head coach Brian Kelly clearly yelled at and allegedly cursed out Brian VanGorder as the defense couldn’t make a stop. The next day, Kelly (or whoever runs his Twitter account) ‘liked’ a post about firing VanGorder.Things have been a little weird and on edge in Fighting Irish land as of late.Fans have shown their frustration towards VanGorder all season, but now at least one fan has hit her wits end as she has officially started a petition to get VanGorder out of Notre Dame.Here is an excerpt from the petition:Brian VanGorder has consistently failed our Fighting Irish football team as the Defensive Coordinator. His NFL-style playbook is too complex and complicated for even our academic all stars to understand and execute. We have an explosive offense that is able to put up touchdown after touchdown, and then our uninspired defense comes in and allows our opponents to score even more. The only thing his “leadership” has inspired is our student section repeatedly chanting “FIRE VANGORDER.”The petition suggests that it will be delivered to both Kelly and Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick.Notre Dame is currently knotted up with Duke at 28-28 late in the third quarter.last_img read more

first_imgzoom Maritime services provider Rickmers Holding is facing insolvency after HSH Nordbank AG denied approval to the term sheet dated April 19, 2017 and rejected further negotiations of the restructuring.As a result, the term sheet, on the basis of which the bondholders’ meeting was convened, cannot be implemented anymore.According to the assessment of the management board and supervisory board of Rickmers Holding AG the positive going concern prognosis of Rickmers Holding AG does therefore no longer apply and the management board of Rickmers Holding AG is forced to file for insolvency without undue delay.The management board of Rickmers Holding AG strives for restructuring in self-administration, on the basis of continuation of business and vessel operations. The management board and supervisory board of Rickmers Holding AG have initiated corresponding preparations.In April, Rickmers Holding reached an understanding with, inter alios, HSH Nordbank AG on a term sheet regarding the restructuring of material financial liabilities of the Rickmers Group that was subject to corporate approval of HSH Nordbank AG and contingent on the restructuring of the bond 2013/2018 issued by Rickmers Holding AG.Rickmers Group has accomplished all agreed and required steps to prepare the restructuring, however, HSH Nordbank has still decided to reject the credit applications.The second bondholders’ meeting, scheduled for June 1, 2017, will now resolve exclusively on the election of the joint representative of the bondholders, the company said.last_img read more

first_imgLondon: An Irish international human rights lawyer, who was jailed after being caught on camera hurling abusive rants at Air India crew on a flight from Mumbai to London, has been found dead just days after her release from prison in the UK. Simone Burns, who was sentenced to six months in April after racially abusing and spitting at the crew for being refused alcohol mid-air last year, is thought to have committed suicide. The 50-year-old was released from Bronzefield women’s prison on licence, or parole, on May 20 and was found dead at the foot of the Beachy Head cliffs in East Sussex, in the south-east of England, 13 days later. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed'”The body of a woman found at Beachy Head on June 1 has been identified as Simone Burns from Hove,” a local Sussex Police spokesperson said. “The death is not being treated as suspicious and the next of kin have been informed. The matter has been passed to the coroner’s officer, the spokesperson said. The barrister, who was born in Belfast in Northern Ireland and also used the surname O’Broin, had pleaded guilty to being drunk on an aircraft and assault during a hearing at Isleworth Crown Court in London back in April. Following her death, friends said that the sentence had a severe impact on Burns, whose mid-air rant went viral on social media. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingIt emerged in court that she spat at a flight attendant during her foul-mouthed racist tirade after she was refused alcohol mid-air in November last. “The experience of a drunk and irrational person in the confines of an aircraft is frightening, not least on a long-haul flight, and poses a potential risk to safety, said Judge Nicholas Wood, as he sentenced Burns to six months in prison for being drunk on an aircraft and two months for assault, sentences to run concurrently. “You were drunk and obnoxious almost from the beginning to the end. You were abusive, contemptuous and confrontational and used appalling language, he said. Burns, born in Northern Ireland and living in Hove in England, was also ordered to pay 300 pounds compensation to the person she assaulted, with the judge saying that “spitting straight into a crew member’s face at close range is a particularly insulting and upsetting act”. A member of the Air India cabin crew described her conduct as unlike anything he had seen during his 34-year aviation career. The judge at Isleworth Crown Court said he was satisfied the offence was racially aggravated and the language Burns used would have been extremely upsetting for the airline staff. Noting Simone Burns’ work with refugees around the world, Judge Wood added: “You are a woman, not just of good character but a positive and impeccable character a righter of wrongs. What this has done, thanks to social media, (has meant) you have had death threats and been a hermit in your home. You are a person who has done good work throughout your life.” Burns’ defence lawyer suggested that her actions were due to a “mixture of altitude, the consumption of drink and anxiety” at the fact that she was likely to miss the funeral of an uncle. Mark Kimsey told the court that his client was “totally ashamed of her behaviour”. “This is not a lady who has a drink problem. This is not a woman who has a drug problem. This is totally out of character,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Dialogue and Development Commission (DDC), a premier think-tank which advises the Delhi government on key policy issues, has set-up a 17-member high-level committee on reforming higher education in the national Capital. The panel, to be chaired by DDC vice-chairperson Jasmine Shah, will recommend goals, metrics, policies, and actionable plans for reforming Delhi’s higher education system within a year. “Nalanda 2.0, a non-profit policy think tank with a mission to make India’s higher education system world class, is the knowledge partner of DDC on this initiative,” a government official said. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe other members of the committee are Pramod Bhasin, founder Genpact and co-founder Ashoka University; Arindam Bhattacharya, senior partner and Director, BCG; Abhishek Gupta, skill development expert; Pankaj Jalote, Founding Director, IIIT Delhi; Devesh Kapur, Director of Asia Programs and Professor, Johns Hopkins University; Gaurav Khanna, Assistant Professor of Economics, UC San Diego; Sandeep Kumar, Secretary (Higher Education), Delhi government; among others. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDeputy CM Manish Sisodia said this initiative furthers the government’s commitment to transform the education system in the national capital. “Over the last few years, Delhi came to be known all over the world for the innovations in its government schools – be it the happiness curriculum, infrastructure overhaul, teacher training initiatives or more recently entrepreneurship curriculum. We also wish to make Delhi a knowledge and innovation centre where some of the best talent in the world would want to live, study, and work as faculty members, students, and professionals,” Sisodia said.last_img read more

Highlighting the role of regional organizations in preventing conflict, peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that the United Nations is committed to building up their capacity to meet global challenges. Addressing a Security Council debate on the role of regional and sub-regional organizations in maintaining international peace and security, Mr. Ban said the UN’s partnerships with such groups are “stronger and more active than ever.” In the past year, the UN has demonstrated its commitment to cooperating with regional organizations, he pointed out. The world body has established a joint peacekeeping force and held political mediations for the war-ravaged Darfur region of Sudan with the African Union (AU), while it has worked closely with the European Union (EU) to protect civilians in neighbouring Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR). Also this year, the UN has also worked with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) regarding Myanmar; collaborated with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to support elections in that region; partnered with the Organization of American States (OAS) to provide assistance to Haiti during its elections; and regularly consulted with the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and League of Arab States. This kind of cooperation, Mr. Ban said at the debate, which also heard from dozens of speakers including representatives of regional organizations, is “delivering results on the ground as well as lessons for the future,” and also provides “a better understanding of our respective strengths and advantages.” Additionally, working with regional and sub-regional organizations allows for a more prompt response at the start of a crisis and for more effective post-conflict peacebuilding efforts, he said. “We need to build on these strengths together, find better and more efficient ways of tackling global challenges,” the Secretary-General said, pledging the UN’s support to bolster the organizations’ capacities to achieve sustainable peace in their respective regions. The need for further collaboration between the UN and regional and sub-regional organizations was reiterated in a presidential statement read out by Hassan Wirajuda, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency this month. Recognizing the “growing contribution” made by these organizations, the statement said that they are “well positioned to understand the root causes of many conflicts and other security challenges close to home and to influence their prevention or resolution, owing to their knowledge of the region.” The Council also encouraged regional and sub-regional organizations to bolster cooperation among them, and emphasized the role they could play in curbing illicit trade in small arms and light weapons, as well as counter-terrorism efforts. 6 November 2007Highlighting the role of regional organizations in preventing conflict, peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that the United Nations is committed to building up their capacity to meet global challenges. read more

Ganesan said that the manner in which Deepti Bogollagama behaved was harmful to national coexistence. It was reported that Deepthi Bogollagama had desecrated the temple of village deities Kaa’li, Murukan and Vairavar worshipped by Tamils at the hill-top of Maththa’la-malai in Kooniththeevu, a traditional Tamil village located near Champoor in the Moothoor division of Trincomalee.According to reports, while even police constables, accompanying the couple on an official visit, had removed their footwear before walking into the temple premises, the wife of the Governor behaved in a desecrating manner. “Eastern Province Governor Bogollagama’s wife Deepti Bogollagama behaves as if she is wife of a Colonial Governor! Harmful to National Coexistence,” Minister Mano Ganesan tweeted. Minister Mano Ganesan accused Eastern Province Governor Rohitha Bogollagama’s wife Deepti Bogollagama of behaving like the wife of a colonial Governor.Ganesan made the comment after Deepti Bogollagama was shown on a video verbally abusing some Tamil devotees in Trincomalee last week. After being reminded by the Tamil female devotees, she started to verbally attack the devotees and was seen taking photos of them with her mobile phone. (Colombo Gazette) read more

At the commencement of the session, the participants called on Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana, who welcomed them and wished them a productive and enjoyable stay in Sri Lanka. Diplomats from Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brazil, China, Cuba, Egypt, India, Kenya, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Senegal, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam, are attending these sessions. (Colombo Gazette) State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake who inaugurated the Dialogue, said Sri Lanka has always been a melting pot of diverse cultures and ethnicities as well as different religions, and its strategic geographical location has made it a unique international player since ancient times.Outlining the trajectory of Sri Lanka’s foreign relations and the challenges the country has faced through history, he said Sri Lanka was well positioned to be a knowledge center for international relations. In their interactions with each other and their Sri Lankan counterparts, he encouraged the visiting diplomats to be forward looking and to collectively seek to anticipate future trends and how to deal with them, in the region and the world. The two week long programme is held as part of the Economic Diplomacy Programme (EDP) of the Foreign Ministry and will primarily focus on Sri Lanka’s Economy with special emphasis on its emergence as a ‘Hub of the Indian Ocean’ and as a trade, investment, and tourist destination, while showcasing Sri Lanka’s international brands, entrepreneurship, as well as important strides in research and innovation. It will also explore Sri Lanka’s rich history and culture, aspects of foreign policy including positions on international politics, and thematic issues – good governance, sustainable development, and right to information, social media and cyber security. Sri Lanka’s key government officials, academics, scientists, and business leaders will participate in the discussions, and a 3- day field visit will follow. Acting Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha addressing the diplomats said their presence was a reflection of the importance their respective Governments placed on relations with Sri Lanka. He expressed confidence that through this Dialogue Sri Lanka will not only be informing them about how Sri Lanka is straddling the many politico- economic and social challenges of our times, but that in turn would also be informed of the perspectives their respective countries and regions have on each of these subjects. He said their remaining engaged with Sri Lanka – both professionally and personally, would be a tremendous support to the efforts by our respective Missions in or accredited to their capitals, as they seek to strengthen bilateral relations between the countries.The Foreign Ministry said that under the EDP, having analyzed patterns of recent economic flows and the potential within each target market, the Foreign Ministry has set specific performance targets to be accomplished on exports, investment, tourism and foreign employment for each Mission. Also in collaboration with the relevant line Ministries and the private sector, 10 Sri Lanka Missions abroad in emerging markets are being supported in carrying out targeted campaigns that would enhance Sri Lanka’s global footprint and bring tangible economic benefits to Sri Lanka. Programmes are being initiated to promote ICT products and services and also organic food products in Sweden, apparel, textile & footwear in South Africa, fresh and processed food in Bahrain, Gems and Jewellery in Turkey, spices and apparel in Brazil, wellness tourism in the UAE, inward investment from the Republic of Korea and Japan, and outward investment in Myanmar and Nepal. Ten Sri Lanka Missions abroad in emerging markets are being supported in carrying out targeted campaigns that would enhance Sri Lanka’s global footprint and bring tangible economic benefits to Sri Lanka, the Foreign Ministry said today.The Sri Lanka Foreign Policy and Economic Diplomacy Dialogue, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, commenced on Monday ( 15 October) with the participation of mid-career diplomats from 23 countries from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Australasia. read more

Congratulating the Palestinian people for their recent election, the Council President for February, Ambassador John Bolton of the United States, read out a statement on behalf of the members welcoming President Abbas’ affirmation that the Palestinian Authority remains committed to the Road Map outline peace plan, previous agreements and obligations between the parties, and a negotiated two-State solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.Noting the humanitarian needs of the Palestinian people, the statement reaffirmed the Council’s continuing interest in the fiscal stability of the caretaker government, “consistent with clear reform and austerity benchmarks,” Mr. Bolton said.“The Security Council notes that major donors have indicated that they will review future assistance to a new Palestinian Authority government against that government’s commitment to the principles of non-violence, recognition of Israel, and acceptance of previous agreements and obligations,” he added.Both parties were reminded of their obligations “including on movement and access.” The Council called on them to avoid unilateral actions which prejudice final status issues.“The Security Council underlines the need for the Palestinian Authority to prevent terrorist attacks and dismantle the infrastructure of terror,” Mr. Bolton said, reiterating the Council’s view that “settlement activity must stop” and its concern about the route of the separation barrier.“The Security Council reaffirms its profound attachment to the vision of two democratic States, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security,” he said. read more

“In the coming days we hope to reach more people, not only in Aden but throughout Yemen,” said Muhannad Hadi, WFP Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Meanwhile, in the latest report on the toll the fighting is taking, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) reported that at least 165 civilians, including 53 children and 23 women, were killed between 3 and 15 July, and another 210 were injured during this period. “The majority of the casualties are reported to have been caused by air strikes, but civilians are also regularly being injured and killed by mortar fire and in street fighting,” OHCHR Spokesperson Rupert Colville told reporters in Geneva, Switzerland.“The total death toll since 26 March is now at least 1,693 civilians, with another 3,829 injured,” Mr. Colville said.Reports suggest that Houthi-affiliated Popular Committees have actively been recruiting fighters, including children, who have been posted across the towns.Ground clashes, shelling, sniping and detonation of Improvised Explosive Devices also continued between the Houthi-affiliated Popular Committees and armed groups loyal to former President Saleh on one side and the Local Popular Committees on the other side, the spokesman said.As humanitarian needs mounted and intense fighting continued in Yemen, WFP announced that the MV Han Zhi, with 3,000 metric tonnes of food – enough to feed 180,000 people for one month – docked at Aden’s oil port of Al-Buraiqa. Although the ship had arrived off Aden on 26 June, it had been forced to wait over three weeks for a safe window to berth, according to the agency. “This is a major breakthrough for our humanitarian response in Yemen. While we have been able to reach several southern areas by land, docking at the port of Aden allows us to accelerate our response to meet urgent needs in southern Yemen,” said WFP’s Mr. Hadi.WFP said it had made repeated attempts to send ships to Aden, all of which until today were blocked due to severe fighting in the port area. Despite insecurity and extreme difficulties reaching Aden by road, WFP said it had delivered food to displaced families in the governorate. Through its local partner, WFP last reached Aden on 14 July with emergency food assistance for more than 27,000 people.“More WFP-chartered ships are on stand-by near Aden carrying fuel and more food,” the agency said.The number of food-insecure people in Yemen is close to 13 million, including more than 6 million people who cannot survive without external assistance, it said.The human rights spokesman said “the conflict continues to take a serious toll on civilians, both in terms of direct violence and in terms of the effect on many economic, social and cultural rights.” read more

Artist’s rendering of the Sir Isaac Brock sculptureIn life, Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock defended a nation from invasion. In his heroic death, he helped etch a path leading to the birth of Canada, a country that 200 years later is still identified as one of the best places on earth to live.Today, Brock University honoured its namesake by commissioning renowned Canadian artist Danek Mozdzenski to create a bronze sculpture of The Saviour of Canada. It will stand on the University’s St. Catharines campus in the heart of the Niagara region, 16 kilometres from where Brock fell while leading his soldiers in the Battle of Queenston Heights.The ambitious project is proceeding because its $1-million cost is being paid by a generous donation from local businessman David S. Howes, a longtime supporter of the University and a past chair of its Board of Trustees.Mozdzenski, famous for his statue of Lester B. Pearson on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, will begin work immediately on the Brock sculpture, which is expected to be unveiled in autumn 2014 as a major part of the University’s 50th anniversary celebrations. Rising more than 15 feet from the ground, it will have a prominent position on the North Mall of the campus, in front of the Arthur Schmon Tower.For Howes, the striking double life-sized commemoration will fulfill many important roles: an inspiring sense of identity for students, a treasured landmark for Niagara residents, and a destination for all Canadians who cherish their country’s history.“This piece speaks to the character of Isaac Brock, his courage and leadership,” said Howes, “and it reflects the spirit of the students, staff and faculty of Brock University. It was my absolute pleasure to provide the necessary financial support for the University to move forward with this historic commemoration to its namesake.”University President Jack Lightstone said the iconic sculpture will exude a sense of strength and tradition, reflecting Sir Isaac Brock’s values and inspiration in a way that builds on the Niagara region’s rich history and geography.“The University has always been very proud to bear the name of Sir Isaac Brock,” said Lightstone, “and this exciting project will forever celebrate the milestone of our 50th anniversary. We are extremely grateful to Dave Howes for his vision and generosity, and we are also grateful to others whose dedication helped a dream come to fruition.”The artist and his design were selected from among 27 bids received after a request for proposals earlier this year. They were reviewed by a selection committee, who assessed how well the submissions reflected criteria set out in the RFP.The RFP and commissioning process have been managed by Cultural Asset Management Group, a Markham-based company with extensive experience in the private and public sectors of the art world.View the artist’s drawing of the Brock sculpture online read more

first_img(Elise Amendola/AP/Press Association Images)Stephen Colbert pays tribute to the Boston Marathon victims http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbHMRpdk3_4SPORT RETURNED TO TD Gardens on Wednesday night, two days after the Boston Marathon bombings which killed three and left at least 170 more injured.Emotions ran high as a moving tribute to the victims of Monday’s attacks was shown on the big screens ahead of the Boston Bruins’ NHL match against the Buffalo Sabres.That was followed by a hair-raising rendition of the US national anthem, started by singer Rene Rancourt but taken up almost immediately by what sounded like every single one of the 17,565 fans in attendance.It would give you chills.last_img read more

first_imgA “PROFOUNDLY TROUBLED” United States condemned reports Saturday that an American teenager detained in Israel was “severely beaten” while in police custody, amid heightened tensions with Palestinians.The parents of Tariq Abu Khder, a 15-year-old cousin of a Palestinian youth murdered earlier this week, have told AFP that their son was arrested in Shuafat after being beaten by police on Thursday during his holiday stay in the area.State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the United States “strongly condemn(s) any excessive use of force,” referring to the alleged beating. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesClashes have erupted in recent days, sparked by the abduction and murder of Tariq’s cousin Mohammed Abu Khder, 16, as autopsy reports showed he was burned alive.Palestinians said Jewish extremists killed him in revenge for the kidnapping and murder in the West Bank last month of three Israeli teenagers.Tariq was still in Israeli custody, Psaki confirmed, adding that a US consulate official had visited him Saturday.“We are profoundly troubled by reports that he was severely beaten while in police custody,” Psaki said in a statement.“We are calling for a speedy, transparent and credible investigation and full accountability for any excessive use of force.”Rocket fire targeting Israel from Gaza has also increased, raising fears of an escalation with the Islamist movement Hamas, which controls the Palestinian enclave.“We reiterate our grave concern about the increasing violent incidents, and call on all sides to take steps to restore calm and prevent harm to innocents,” Psaki said.Video of the incidentA video circulating on social media shows what appears to be Israeli border police beating and kicking a handcuffed semi-conscious figure — believed to be Tariq — before dragging him away.The parents, who saw their son in an Israeli hospital, said they were told Tariq had been arrested for being masked.Police spokeswoman Luba Samri could not confirm it was Tariq in the video, but said the footage was from the arrest of a group of six Palestinians, including Tariq.The justice ministry, meanwhile, said it was investigating the video.Samri said police found a sling on Tariq, who had attacked police and resisted arrest, while others were throwing stones and Molotov cocktails, wounding six police.Tariq is due to appear before a Jerusalem court on Sunday.- © AFP, 2014Read: US: Sickening that Palestinian teen’s life has been stolen>Read: Palestinian teen ‘burned alive’, post-mortem suggests>last_img read more

first_img Inquiry into Melco Resorts acquisition to determine whether Crown Resorts still suitable to hold NSW gaming license Melco Resorts defers acquisition of second tranche of Crown shares until conclusion of regulatory inquiry Hong Kong Jockey Club cites “serious integrity concerns” in complaint over Crown Resorts-owned betting exchange Load More RelatedPosts Australian casino operator Crown Resorts has scored a major win for its AU$2.2 billion development at Sydney’s Barangaroo precinct after the Supreme Court of NSW found that the Barangaroo Delivery Authority (BDA) had breached an agreement between the two regarding lines of sight.The ruling comes four months after Crown commenced legal proceedings against the BDA in relation to a proposed development within the same area that threatens the expansive views of Sydney Harbour that Crown Sydney is set to enjoy once complete in 2021. Crown and its development partner Lendlease had previously signed a Crown Development Agreement with the BDA based on the original concept plan for the area which, among other stipulations, required the BDA to “negotiate in good faith” with both companies on any proposed developments that differed from the concept plan.In a judgement delivered on Friday, the Supreme Court ruled that the BDA, “has breached the development agreements between it, Crown Sydney Property and two Lendlease parties.“This was because the Authority had considered various bids to develop Central Barangaroo without first discussing and negotiating, with Crown and Lendlease, ways to retain the sight lines that the Crown and Lendlease buildings would otherwise enjoy to the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.”The court described the views as being “of great value to Crown and Lendlease respectively.”Justice Robert MacDougall is set make his orders in the case on Monday.When complete, Crown Sydney will stand 271-meters tall and boast a six-star hotel, Sydney’s most expensive residential apartments and a casino designated exclusively for VIPs.Barangaroo will also make Crown the only company operating casinos in each of Australia’s two biggest cities, Sydney and Melbourne.last_img read more