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IIT scholar alleges prof. assaulted her

first_imgDissatisfied with the findings of the Internal Complaints Committee of IIT-Bhubaneswar, a PhD scholar renewed her allegation of sexual harassment against a professor at the Insititute and demanded a re-investigation into the matter.The scholar, who belongs to West Bengal, got married while her husband and she were pursuing research under the same professor. She alleged that asshe had objected to the professor’s overtures, their PhDs were de-registered on feeble grounds. The scholar had first lodged a complaint in October 2016. The ICC of IIT, Bhubaneswar, heard the case and subsequently exonerated the accused professor in January this year. Responding to the allegation, the Odisha Skill Development and Technical Education Department (OSKTED) asked the IIT to furnish a detailed report.last_img read more

Tripura to set up AIIMS-like facility

first_imgThe Tripura government would establish a high-tech hospital on the lines of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences at Delhi. Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Wednesday visited Bodhjungnagar at the outskirts of Agartala to check the availability of land and work out other modalities.The Vision Document of the BJP released ahead of the Assembly elections in Tripura in February had assured setting up of an adequate number of multi-speciality hospitals with trauma care and an AIIMS-like facility in the State.After his visit, Mr. Deb said the site, which has more than 250 acres of government land, seemed suitable for establishing such a facility. “This hospitalwould help patients from other places, specially from neighbouring Northeastern States,” he said, adding that once it is set up, people would not have to rush to Chennai and other major cities for critical treatment.last_img read more

3 civilians injured in Kulgam blast

first_imgMilitants triggered a grenade blast in south Kashmir’s Kulgam on Wednesday morning, leaving three civilians injured.The police said militants made an abortive bid to throw a grenade towards the Police Station Dhamhal Hanjpora in Kulgam. “It missed the target and exploded on the roadside. Three civilians were injured,” said the police.The police said the injured, who suffered splinter wounds, were shifted to a hospital. The injured were identified as Ayaz Ahmad Bhat, Sabzar Ahmad Hajam and Bilal Ahmad Khatana.Meanwhile, the area was cordoned off after the attack. However, no militant was nabbed till last reports came in.last_img read more

T20-DEBACLE After The Toast, The Roast

first_img“Hamara toh antim sanskar bhi ho gaya tha (our last rites too were completed) after the 2007 World Cup.”Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni recalling the public ire after the Indian cricket team’s earlier humiliation in the 50-over version of the game.What was the Indian skipper, speaking at a media conference to refute team coach Gary Kirsten’s observation that player fatigue was responsible for India;s dismal performance at the recent T-20 World Cup in England, really hinting at? That adverse reactions from fans after a defeat have become routine in Indian cricket? And that, because they are routine, they are best ignored?  Mahendra Singh Dhoni celebrates the wicket of England’sPaul Collingwood at the T20 in London.While the contribution of player fatigue to India’s pathetic and miserable title defence may be debatable, Dhoni and his teammates should thank their lucky stars for another kind of fatigue that has spared them the Indian public’s wrath: fan fatigue. If the team this time wasn’t deep-fried, as has been the case with some Indian teams in the past, the reason doubtlessly lies in the tedium of it all. How often can you be taken on a roller-coaster ride of ignominious defeats, followed by glorious victories, followed again by even more ignominious defeats, and still retain the fervor to respond with any modicum of passion? India’s failure to qualify even for the semi-finals of this year’s T-20 World Cup should have got the home fans riled up no end. Remember, our winning team was the toast of the previous (inaugural) edition of the Cup. It was hailed as the young new brigade led by Captain Cool who kept his nerve and emerged as an outstanding leader of talented but callow and potentially irascible lads, not to mention a youth icon for the advertising industry. And, as if to prove that the T-20 victory, coming as it did after India got pasted by lowly Bangladesh in the 2007 ODI World Cup in the West Indies, was no one-off fluke, Dhoni’s boys followed it up with consecutive series wins over the acknowledged supremo of modern-day international cricket — Australia — and the redoubtable Sri Lankans as well.So what cut the renaissance story short so abruptly and so cruelly?The Board of Control for Cricket in India got hot under the collar when Kirsten cited IPL-related fatigue for the team’s failure. Does it have anything to do with the fact that the BCCI took in a whopping $1.75-billion through the sale of Indian Premier League television rights, so blaming the IPL for a national defeat might dismay Indian fans?Kirsten has a valid point. Imagine playing a gruelling six-week tournament and beginning your defence of a world title just a few days later. Was there time enough to regroup, reorient, and redevelop strategies against the other teams, or even time enough to recover from the IPL razzle-dazzle and get match-fit? Obviously not.The argument that Indians were not the only ones who played the international league has validity. After all, nearly every other cricket-playing nation had representatives in the various IPL teams and several of them turned up for their national team in the T-20 World Cup as well — and significantly enough, gave some sterling on-field performances.But this argument fails to consider a very crucial difference. Indian cricketers, as a rule, are known for being less athletic to begin with, and then compounding this shortcoming with a lackadaisical and unprofessional approach to fitness training.The decade of the 1960s was abuzz with stories that the West Indian team believed in living it up during Test matches, which they rarely lost. The classic instance was of Gary Sobers guzzling an entire bottle of whisky through the night during the Bombay Test in December 1966, with a Bollywood starlet perched on his knee, and then playing superlative cricket the next morning to give India a thorough drubbing. By comparison, the Indian players who joined in the Sobers revelry looked — and played — like something the cat brought home. What’s galling though, is the ingenious wordplay to rationalize defeat. Dhoni, in a classic instance of double-speak, denied his team was fatigued, but admits: “When we selected the team, there were hardly a few guys who were 100% fit — shoulder problem, ankle problem, and so on.” Not only does his statement confirm the coach’s observation, it also raises serious questions about the honesty and transparency in the selection process. Did the Indian selectors knowingly include unfit players? Or did the players hide their injuries to make the team? Either way, some heads must roll.Virender Sehwag is a prime candidate. Clearly, there is more to his “injury” than meets the eye. Television clips indicate that Zaheer Khan, who took a fall much as Sehwag did, during the IPL season, appeared to have hurt himself more severely on his bowling shoulder than Sehwag who only bowls part-time. But Khan bowled his heart out in the T-20 matches, while Sehwag reportedly was unwilling even to play in the nets. Not only did the latter — the team’s vice-captain, no less — let his team down and ruin its chances, he also short-changed thousands of punters who had bet heavily on his run-tally being the tournament’s highest. The T-20 loss signals the end of the honeymoon for Dhoni and his much-touted youthful team. The captain himself has gone through a rather strange learning curve at the cost of his innocence. He is no longer the simple, straight-forward and straight-talking small-town bloke from Ranchi. The first signs of the metamorphosis was evident from his refusal to attend the Padma Shri ceremony, an act that could dent his popularity and earnings as a product-endorser.What we have on our hands are a complacent bunch of filthy-rich superstars who believe that the team’s combined star-power will somehow win matches, and who are apt to think that the other guy will carry the team through.The latest debacle has exposed some old and new shortcomings in our cricketers. England exploited our old weakness against short-pitched deliveries, and South Africa exploded the myth that Indians are adept players of spin. In India’s last match in the T-20 tourney, South African spinners Johan Botha and Roelof van der Merwe bowled 8 overs for a combined 4 for 29.The joke among the wags is that the T-20 loss has made a few Indians happy. The multiplex owners can now count on bigger turnouts in their halls during cricket matches. And media magnates can now recall their correspondents from England ahead of schedule and thus save costs.But the real joke may be on us, the Indian cricket fans. Sehwag not alone!The Indian team for the recently concluded T20 World Cup carried as many as five injured players, including Virender Sehwag, according to media sources. An Indian television channel reported that a pre-selection report submitted to the BCCI by team physician Nitin Patel said that five players were injured and effectively less-than-fit to play in the upcoming World Cup tournament.Citing their doubtful fitness levels, the report named all-rounder Yuvraj Singh (shoulder injury), wicketkeeper-captain M.S.Dhoni (bad back), fast bowlers R.P.Singh (ankle injury) and Zaheer Khan (shoulder injury), apart from Virender Sehwag whose shoulder was also in a dubious condition.BCCI spokesman Rajiv Shukla downplayed the physician’s warning, calling it a “routine” report for selector perusal. “Too much importance should not be attached to it. Sometimes there only minor injuries and you cannot rule out players for whole tours,” he said.  Related Itemslast_img read more

Two killed, 42 injured in tanker-bus collision in Raigad

first_imgTwo died and 42 persons were injured after a Pen-bound Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation bus collided with a gas tanker on Sunday morning in Raigad district. The accident occurred around 8.45 a.m. at Gagode Phata on Pen-Khopoli road. Officials said the driver of the tanker, which was carrying liquid ammonia, lost control of the vehicle and it collided with the bus. Raghunath Balaram Mhatre (67), a resident of Bori, died on the spot while Dinesh Khedekar (26), a resident of Nanegaon, succumbed on the way to hospital. While the bus was on its way to Pen from Khopoli, the tanker was going towards Pune from Pen. “The injured were taken to Pen hospital and from there, a few were shifted to Alibag Civil Hospital. Some were discharged and one was shifted to JJ Hospital due to the seriousness of injuries,” senior police inspector Indrajit Katkar from Pen police station said.Traffic on Pen-Khopoli road was affected for close to five hours after the accident. “We called for two fire tenders and experts from the Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers, who checked the tanker. After making sure that it was safe, we called for cranes to move the tanker from the road,” Mr. Katkar said. The vehicles that were behind the bus and tanker were stuck in congestion. “We allowed four-wheelers and two-wheelers to go ahead, but the heavy vehicles had to wait till the road was cleared. Meanwhile, our officers also diverted other vehicles via Pali and Mumbai bypass road,” Mr. Katkar said.The injured included 18 men and 24 women from Badlapur, Ulhasnagar, Khadkebadi, Gagode, Pen and Neral. The youngest among them were a six-year-old boy and a three-year-old boy, who are out of danger. Around 15 of the injured are still admitted to hospitals while the rest were discharged by evening after treatment. The Pen police have registered a case against the tanker driver, who fled the spot after the accident.last_img read more

Asian Games: Rowers scoop two silver as India pick up three medals

first_imgThe rowers provided an unexpected boost to India’s medal hunt in the 16th Asian Games with two silver medals but poor form continued to haunt the fancied shooters with Gagang Narang flopping yet again on the sixth day of competitions in Guangzhou on Thursday. MEDAL TALLYApart from the silver-winning feat of the rowers, shooter Vijay Kumar bagged a bronze medal and Paramjeet Samota assured himself of at least a bronze after punching his way into the semifinals of super heavyweight on yet another mediocre day for India’s large contingent.With the addition of two silvers and a bronze, India took their medals tally to one gold, seven silver and eight bronze but the failure to win the coveted gold has resulted in a continuous slide in the position on the table in the last few days.Tennis star Sania Mirza had a trouble-free day as she sailed into the pre-quarterfinals of the women’s singles with a straight-set demolition of Hong Kong’s Chan Wing Yau Venise while the racqueters got off to a good start with both men’s and women’s team progressing to the quarterfinals of the squash singles event.On the gloomier side, the Indian challenge in table tennis ended with Achanta Sharath Kamal and Anthony Amalraj bowing out in the pre quarterfinals of the men’s singles event. It was a similar story in men’s singles badminton with Arvind Bhatt crashing out out in the pre-quarterfinals.It was the men’s rowing four team of Anil Kumar, Saji Thomas, Ranjit Singh and Jenil Krishnan which began the silver collection as they completed the distance of 2000m in 6:16.79, behind China (6:06.40). Uzbekistan won bronze with a timing of 6:22.70.advertisementIn the men’s lightweight four event final, the Indian quartet of Lokesh Kumar, Manjeet Singh, Rajesh Kumar Yadav and Satish Joshi finished second with a timing of 6:13.32, behind Japan who clocked 6:10.14. Hong Kong won the bronze, clocking 6:14.84.After three barren days at the Aoti shooting range, Vijay Kumar notched up his second and India’s fifth medal in shooting by bagging a bronze in men’s 25m center fire pistol but Commonwealth Games hero Narang missed out on a bronze by a whisker in 50m rifle 3 positions.Vijay shot 583 (290+293) to finish third behind South Korea’s Park Byung Taek who scored 586 (290+296) and Liu Yadong of China who fired 585 (290+295).last_img read more

Photos – The Amber Hill Story

first_imgAdvertisementAmber Jo Hill (born 21 August 1997 in Windsor, Berkshire) is an English sport shooter who specializes in skeet.She has won a total of three gold medals in a major international competition, spanning the ISSF World Cup series (2013 and 2015), and the inaugural European Games held in Baku, Azerbaijan.A member of the British national team, Hill trains under the tutelage of her personal coach Joe Neville at E.J. Churchill Shooting Ground in Wycombe.Hill began shooting at the age of ten when she decided to go to the firing range in Binfield with the acknowledgement of her grandfather Bill Rogers.Since then, she took part in small shooting competitions across Berkshire county, earning numerous age group titles and records for shotgun.By the age of twelve, Hill had been selected to England’s senior women’s team with a specialty in skeet shooting.In 2013, Hill made her own shooting history by becoming the sport’s youngest ever winner (aged 15) at the ISSF World Cup series.She prevailed over Italy’s Diana Bacosi in a shoot-off 15 clays to 11 to secure a gold medal and establish a junior world record at her very first career attempt.Because of her noteworthy success and talent to the sport, Hill finished the season as the top-ranked senior for Great Britain and the world ranked number five in the leaderboard.She had also been named the BBC’s Young Sports Personality of the Year.Hill is expected to compete for Team GB’s shooting squad in the women’s skeet at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.She has been selected for England’s Commonwealth Games squad that will head to Australia in April 2018.Picture courtesy – Amber Hill (Instagram) Advertisementlast_img read more

Report: Ludogorets 0 AC Milan 3

first_imgLudogorets 0 AC Milan 3: Unbeaten 2018 continues into Europe Jack Davies Last updated 1 year ago 03:58 2/16/18 cutrone - CROPPED Getty Images Patrick Cutrone, Ricardo Rodriguez and Fabio Borini were on target for AC Milan in a 3-0 Europa League win at Ludogorets. AC Milan’s unbeaten start to 2018 carried into the Europa League as Patrick Cutrone, Ricardo Rodriguez and Fabio Borini fired them to a 3-0 victory at Ludogorets on Thursday.Gennaro Gattuso’s men had won four and drawn two of their six matches in all competitions ahead of their trip to Bulgaria, and Cutrone’s 13th goal of the season set them on the road to a comfortable win.Rodriguez added a penalty before Borini struck in stoppage time to give the Serie A side an enviable cushion heading into the second leg of the last-32 tie. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Cutrone’s headed opener came at the end of a first half in which both sides struggled to create clear-cut opportunities, but Milan had one foot in the next round when Cosmin Moti was deemed to have pushed the striker in the box.Rodriguez stepped up to fire home Milan’s second and it is difficult to see a way back for Ludogorets after Borini came off the bench to make it 3-0.End of the game. Victory for A.C. Milan with 3:0.#ludogorets #uel— PFC Ludogorets 1945 (@Ludogorets1945) February 15, 2018Franck Kessie sent a low drive wide of the right-hand post after three minutes but Milan were left breathing a sigh of relief when Jody Lukoki curled a free-kick just off target from a narrow angle, with Ignazio Abate having clumsily brought down Virgil Misidjan on the edge of the box.Milan’s patient passing produced few opportunities until Cutrone had an effort deflected wide from close range after the visitors worked the ball into a dangerous area.When Ludogorets pressed it was invariably on the counter-attack and Jakub Swierczok should have done better than to completely miss the ball when Lucas Sasha whipped in a fantastic left-wing cross that was begging to be headed home.Suso fired a free-kick just over from the right side of the box and Giacomo Bonaventura squandered another opportunity as the half appeared destined to end goalless and without either side having registered a shot on target.However, on the stroke of half-time, a well-worked corner routine saw Cutrone beat goalkeeper Renan with a glancing header from a Hakan Calhanoglu delivery.Relive all the action from the first half at the Ludogorets Arena with the photo gallery of the match il primo tempo di #LUDACM con la gallery della partita— AC Milan (@acmilan) February 15, 2018That opening goal demanded a more attacking approach from the home side and Marcelinho drew a save from Gianluigi Donnarumma before Svetoslav Dyakov rattled the crossbar with a shot from outside the box.The offside flag scuppered Sasha’s appeals for a penalty after he went down under a heavy challenge from Abate, and Ludogorets were on the receiving end of a spot-kick call when Moti shoved Cutrone at the other end, with Rodriguez dispatching the ball into the bottom-left corner.Milan’s second took any remaining wind out of Ludogorets’ sails and Borini fired in the third from the centre of the box in the closing stages to strike a seemingly fatal blow to any Bulgarian dreams of progression.Key Opta stats:- AC Milan are unbeaten in their last nine games in all competitions (W6 D3), their longest run since March 2016.- Over their last two fixtures, Gennaro Gattuso’s side have conceded just one shot on target.- The Rossoneri have won each of their last six matches against Bulgarian sides, keeping five clean sheets in the process.- Patrick Cutrone has scored 13 goals this season in all competitions, at least five more than any other AC Milan player. read morelast_img read more

a month agoTorino coach Mazzarri: Blame me for Lecce loss

first_imgTorino coach Mazzarri: Blame me for Lecce lossby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTorino coach Walter Mazzarri was left frustrated after defeat to Lecce.However, he insists he was to blame for the 2-1 loss.Mazzarri said, “I want to apologise to the fans, as they were exceptional despite this being our worst performance for a very long time.“We got almost everything wrong tonight. The internationals arrived late, but playing on Monday we even had an extra day compared to most others, so maybe I just got things wrong in training.“We had too many players who were sluggish and lost, they looked like the bad brothers of the players who beat Atalanta. I saw at least four who just weren’t themselves, so that must be my fault, as I was unable to motivate or focus them.“Aside from possession, which at 2 miles per hour is futile anyway, we got nothing right. We didn’t even put in decent crosses other than from corners.“We had to concentrate on what we’ve always done well and we didn’t. If you look at their first goal, it’s inexplicable. You cannot concede a goal like that.“Last season, we were constantly pinning opponents back and then at times incidents didn’t go our way, including VAR interpretations. Tonight, Lecce looked capable of scoring a third or fourth goal.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

The Manual’s Austin City Guide to SXSW

first_img The Ultimate Brewery Tour of Austin, Texas You just arrived in Austin, TX for famed music, film and interactive conference SXSW. Sure you have tons of bands to see and parties to attend, but Austin is also an wonderful city that needs to be explored for its amazing restaurants, shopping and natural beauty. Ditch the travel guide and listen up: we visited this incredibly eccentric and cultured city and asked some locals to give us an insider’s look on where to eat, drink and shop. Take a look at our recommendations below and get the most out of your SXSW journey.ShopSTAGAs the “modern-day general store for every man,” it doesn’t get better than STAG fellas. Stocking everything from clothing, antiques, accessories and grooming essentials from the best and brightest brands, they pair high end with low, mix vintage classics with new collections and meld the unexpected with the nostalgic. And with brands like Billykirk, Burkman Bros and Kika NY, it’s the one-stop-shop for everything cool.Service MenswearIf STAG represents the East Coast, Service Menswear definitely holds down the West. Swimwear brands like Onia and Paste will have you ready to dive into Barton Springs, and street wear like RVCA and Vans have your outdoorsy side covered.Room Service VintageIf thrifting is more your thing, stray from the string of vintage haunts on South Congress to find much better deals. There are a ton of great stores, but Room Service Vintage was a personal favorite. With everything from cowboy boots to barware to vintage Playboys, you could spend hours searching every nook and cranny.EatSalty SowWe are huge fans of the nose to tail food movement, and you can get a delicious taste of it at Salty Sow. Serving local and sustainable ingredients in a modern farmhouse atmosphere, the seasonal menu changes daily depending on what is available that very second. Dishes like Candied Pork Belly with collards and soy balsamic syrup are complemented by an extensive wine, beer and cocktail list. Disclaimer: not for vegetarians or those looking for a light meal.Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-QAs pork rib enthusiasts, we did our research before heading down south and conjured a list of BBQ places to try. But friends living in Austin suggested we ditch the hyped joints and hit this tried and true spot, and the locals are always right. Order at the counter, cafeteria style, by the rib, slice or pound. Tell the crew you’re a newcomer and they’ll let you try before you buy.Torchy’s TacosYou WILL want to eat five, but start with two and take it from there. Sink your teeth into a Democrat – shredded beef barbacoa topped with avocado, queso fresco, cilantro & onions – or go for a Dirty Sanchez – scrambled eggs with fried poblano chile, guacamole, escabeche carrots & shredded cheese – if you get down like that. This delectable outpost has become a small Texas chain, but visit the Trailer Park location and eat al fresco.DrinkThe Driskill Hotel BarIf you’re looking for a good date spot or just a strong cocktail in a swanky lounge, the Driskill Hotel bar is the epitome of Southern charm. Pony hair upholstery, stained glass ceilings and a haunted grand staircase lend ambiance as a live bluegrass band provides the entertainment.Rio RitaHead to the East Side of Austin for, in our opinion, pretty much the best bar patios in the country. But our favorite has to be Rio Rita for a colorful backyard and killer cocktail menu. You won’t regret ordering the Bloody Mary, or any of their concoctions for that matter. Try the sinus-clearing habanero shot if you dare.BarbarellaIf you’re looking to dance and go a little HAM, Barbarella is the place to drop it like it’s hot. Unpretentious for a club, busy nights feature three DJs – upstairs, downstairs and patio – so you can choose your own musical adventure.ChillBarton Springs PoolEven though the icy waters of Barton Springs might be too cold to swim in this time of year, grab some friends and relax on the grassy hill while taking in the view.The Oasis on Lake TravisThis incredible lookout spot may be a 30 minute drive from Austin city proper, but it’s worth the time spent on the road if you need a break from SXSW madness. Stay to eat or just come for a view of the sunset. Why Tea and Beer Go Well Together (and 5 Tea Beers to Try) How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Know The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quiltlast_img read more

ATB Financial CEO retiring after leading Crown corp for 11 years

first_imgCALGARY – ATB Financial president and CEO Dave Mowat is retiring at the end of June after 11 years as head of the Alberta Crown corporation.The bank says it is starting a search for a replacement and will announce Mowat’s successor in May.Mowat, 62, led the bank through the 2008-09 financial crisis as well as the oil price downturn that took hold in 2015 and leaves as the economy shows signs of recovery.Over Mowat’s tenure, the bank’s assets climbed from $20.3 billion in 2007 to $49.6 billion as of last September, while total operating revenue went from $751 million to a last reporting of $1.5 billion.He also headed the review of the province’s royalty regime initiated by the Alberta NDP government that left the existing system largely in place.Mowat says that after a decade of leading the bank, it’s time for a new leader to infuse the company with new ideas and approaches.last_img read more

Current efforts to stem piracy off Somali coast must be strengthened –

31 October 2011It is vital that Member States strengthen efforts to tackle piracy off the Somali coast, a senior United Nations official stressed today, adding that current initiatives, while laudable, are insufficient. Tayé-Brook Zerihoun, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, told a meeting of the Security Council that the international community has responded with an “unprecedented” effort to counter piracy, including through a naval presence off the coast of Somalia which has resulted in the reduction of incidents of piracy at sea.In addition, more and more pirates are being arrested and prosecuted, and information sharing and coordination have improved, he said, as he presented the annual report of the Secretary-General on piracy off the Somali coast.“Despite these unprecedented efforts, attempts to stem pirate attacks off the Horn of Africa remain insufficient,” Mr. Zerihoun stated, adding that Somali pirates have expanded their operations well into the Indian Ocean.According to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), 316 people and 15 vessels were being held hostage as of early October 2011. Mr. Zerihoun noted that the pirates’ technical capacities have increased and they have become more violent. Many young Somalis continue to be willing to take the risk of becoming criminals at sea. Another cause of concern is reports of links between pirates and the Islamist militant group in Somalia known as Al-Shabaab, according to the official. Somali piracy could also be inspiring attacks elsewhere on the world’s shipping lanes, particularly in the Gulf of Guinea, he added.“It is important that Member States and international actors redouble their efforts,” said Mr. Zerihoun. The fight against piracy off the coast of Somalia can only be won through an integrated strategy that tackles deterrence, security, the rule of law and development, he noted, adding that counter-piracy efforts should be an integral element of the Somalia peace process.He said it is also worth looking at interim objectives, including developing Somali capacity to deal with piracy on land and waters close to shore through the establishment of a coast guard. “The Somali people, especially the youth, need greater incentives not to succumb to the lure of piracy. Economic rehabilitation and the creation of alternative livelihoods, especially the development and rehabilitation of coastal fisheries, must be at the centre of efforts to fight piracy. But as long as piracy is lucrative, alternate livelihood options will be a hard sale,” he stated.Last week the Council adopted a resolution renewing its call for tougher anti-piracy measures in Somalia and the wider region, and urging all countries to adopt laws and cooperate with international organizations to accelerate the prosecution and punishment of piracy.It also emphasized that the failure to prosecute persons responsible for piracy undermines the broader anti-piracy efforts of the international community, and stressed the need to establish specialized anti-piracy courts in Somalia and other countries in the region. read more

Emergency food distributions launched to assist thousands displaced in DR Congo –

The World Food Programme (WFP) and its partner World Vision have launched an emergency operation to provide food assistance to 42,000 food insecure people who, due to conflict, have fled their villages in the country’s Kasai and Kasai Central provinces. “We launched this emergency response as soon as funds became available,” said Claude Jibidar, WFP Representative and Country Director in DRC, in a press statement. “We targeted the most vulnerable among the vulnerable, and our access to these displaced people also depend on security conditions. However, with nearly one and a half million displaced people in the Kasai region, additional donor support is essential for WFP to scale up our operations and reach more vulnerable displaced people,” he added. WFP plans to assist 25,000 displaced persons in Kasai Central and 17,000 people in the Kasai province in the coming days, the statement elaborated. However, WFP urgently requires $17.3 million to support the operations scale-up from September to December 2017. “Food distributions have started in the town of Tshilumba with further distributions scheduled this month. As part of this effort and where safe access is possible, WFP and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) continue to identify the most vulnerable displaced people in areas identified with high levels of food insecurity, as determined in a recent food security study,” said WFP. According to its recent food security assessment, WFP said that in the last year, the number of people in need of urgent humanitarian food assistance in the DRC rose by 1.8 million – from 5.9 million to 7.7 million. “In conflict-ridden areas, more than 1.5 million people are facing ’emergency’ levels of food insecurity, leaving many with no option but to sell everything they have while skipping or reducing their meals,” the statement outlined. In addition to food distributions, WFP is leading the Logistics Cluster, which provides technical and logistical support to humanitarian organizations and has been operational in the Kasai region since June. “Mobile warehouses have been built to store food and non-food items, while several trucks have been sent to Kasai and Kasai Central to transport food and supplies,” said the statement. To meet the huge needs of displaced people in hard-to-reach areas, since June the WFP-led UN Humanitarian Air Service has expanded its support, positioning an aircraft in Kananga in Kasai Central on a permanent basis and flying three times weekly to Tshikapa, Kasai – making those most in need more accessible to humanitarian organizations. Scores of people have fled their villages due to the conflict that broke out in the Kasai region in August 2016. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), there are some 1.4 million internally displaced people across the Kasai provinces. Additionally, more than 31,000 have fled into neighbouring Angola. “With up to 3.8 million people displaced in total, the DRC is home to the largest population of internally displaced people in Africa,” underscored the statement. The sharp deterioration in people’s food security is mainly attributable to displacement caused by an upsurge in conflict and pest infestation in crops across the country. WFP continues to coordinate with FAO and other partners to serve the most vulnerable people in the Kasai region, as well as in other parts of the country. read more

Marking 25th anniversary of UN membership Armenia pledges continued support

President Serzh Sargsyan spoke extensively on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict – listing it as being among the various challenges that Armenia has “withstood with dignity” –recommitting the country to its peaceful resolution. Mr. Sargsyan called the conflict a human rights issue, saying it can be resolved exclusively through one of the fundamental and inalienable human rights – “the people’s right to self-determination.” Noting that next year the UN would mark the 70th anniversary of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, the President said that Armenia would at that time table and invite all member States to support a new initiative towards the international recognition of the Armenian genocide. Turning to the Middle East, he expressed great pain over the humanitarian situation in Syria that has caused the civilian population great suffering, including the country’s Armenian community. “Within its means, Armenia strives to mitigate the suffering of the Syrian people by providing humanitarian assistance. We also express our willingness to engage into possible discussions on the peace-making efforts in Syria under the UN auspices and with an appropriate mandate,” he stated.Full statement available here read more

Vince Carter enjoying his decision to go to Atlanta

Vince Carter could have gone anywhere.To a contender, to chase a ring. To retirement, because he has nothing left to prove. To television, which seems like it will be his next vocation whenever his playing days end.Instead, he chose Atlanta — a young team, a rebuilding team, a team that probably has minimal chance of making the playoffs.And he’s happy.“I’m with a great bunch of guys,” Carter said. “I enjoy helping young guys who want to learn, who are willing to be coached and let you coach them and ask questions. It’s a small thing, but it’s a major thing — because if you’re asking questions, that means you’re trying to learn and grow. And these guys are all great.”He’s the NBA’s oldest active player, someone who turns 42 next month. When he was drafted in June 1998, neither Trae Young nor Kevin Huerter had been born yet. And they’re the starting backcourt for the Hawks this season, Carter’s 21st in the league, with Atlanta being the eighth team he’s played with.Carter talked with Dwyane Wade during the off-season about their options; Wade was considering retirement, and Carter was deciding where to play next.Wade said Carter doesn’t need a ring to complete any sort of legacy, and applauded the decision to go to Atlanta.“It’s very cool,” Wade said. “I think everybody on the outside has what they think someone should do. I was like, ‘Man, it’d be cool if he went back to Toronto.’ I had my story for him. But he decided to continue to do things the way that he’s done it, and I think it’s him understanding the importance of what he has to offer to the game and young players, and an organization that wanted him to come in and give that.”There are no regrets. Barring a change of address or another season — which is possible — Carter’s career will end with him getting to the conference finals only once, and never appearing in the NBA Finals. The closest he got was with Orlando in 2010, when the Magic lost the Eastern Conference finals to Boston in six games.“It’s easy to go sit on the bench and watch your team win and not really contribute,” Carter said. “Yeah, with my voice, I could contribute. But I want to do both.”So Carter is hanging with the kids.“It’s good for me,” Carter said. “Keeps me young.”RAPTORS RISINGToronto is off to the best start in the NBA at 20-4, four games clear of Milwaukee in the Eastern Conference already (and four games in the loss column ahead of Philadelphia as well).The scary thing is, it could have been better.It’s been forgotten, but the Raptors’ season also includes a three-game losing streak — all in a five-day span last month. They lost by 16 against New Orleans to fall to 12-2, then wasted a 19-point lead and lost to Detroit, then watched Kawhi Leonard miss late in regulation in what became an overtime loss to Boston.They’re 8-0 since, and first-year coach Nick Nurse has his team rolling.“Nick has done a really good job with this team and the way they play,” New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said.THE WEEK AHEADA game per day to check out this week:Oklahoma City at Detroit, Monday: Former teammates Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson seem to like going head-to-head.San Antonio at Utah, Tuesday: The Spurs struggled with the Jazz last season, and this opens a tough road back-to-back.Philadelphia at Toronto, Wednesday: The Raptors have opened up a sizable lead in the East, and face a good test here.New York at Boston, Thursday: After a sluggish start, the Celtics are starting to look like the team many envisioned.Golden State at Milwaukee, Friday: Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo on the same floor is must-watch.Miami at L.A. Clippers, Saturday: Wade is eager for this — his wife and their newborn daughter are currently staying in Los Angeles.Milwaukee at Toronto, Sunday: A matchup of two of the East’s best teams, and it’s never too early to think about positioning.HISTORIC WARRIORSNot even two months into the season, and the Golden State Warriors have already done something that no team in more than 50 years has accomplished.The Warriors are the second team in NBA history, joining the 1961-62 Los Angeles Lakers, to have three different players with a 50-point game in the same regular season. Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson have reached 50 already this season.The 1961-62 Lakers’ trio to do so: Jerry West, Elgin Baylor and Rudy LaRusso.Could Golden State get a fourth into the 50-point column? Who knows, but remember, DeMarcus Cousins — who hasn’t played yet this season — has a pair of 50-point games in on his career resume.___More AP NBA: and Reynolds, The Associated Press read more

Urban Meyer Buckeye seniors address halftime basketball crowd

The Ohio State men’s basketball team received plenty of applause during its route of UMKC Friday night, but the Schottenstein Center reached a different decibel level for the football team. On the eve of The Game, coach Urban Meyer and the team’s senior class were met with applause and a standing ovation at a halftime break turned pep rally. “This group of seniors did give us everything they had,” said Meyer as he briefly addressed the crowd. “They are one game away from going down as one of the great senior classes in the history of Ohio State.” Meyer then handed the microphone to senior linebackers Etienne Sabino and Zach Boren. Sabino’s message to Buckeye Nation was short but clear. “We love you guys,” Sabino said. “Go Bucks, beat Blue.” Ohio State hosts Michigan on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes fell to the Wolverines in Ann Arbor last year, 40-34. “We’ve been waiting a year to have a rematch with these guys from the Team Up North,” Boren said. “We need your help to go out as champions.” OSU is set to face Michigan at noon Saturday at Ohio Stadium. read more

Reeva Steenkamps reality show to go ahead

first_imgA CELEBRITY REALITY show featuring the murdered girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius will still be broadcast on South African television despite her death, the producers has said.The pre-recorded show filmed in an exotic location in Jamaica features the blonde model Reeva Steenkamp and several local personalities competing for one million rand prize money.Producers of “Tropika Island of Treasure” said they had decided not to shelve the show, which will premiere today, two days after she was shot dead at Pistorius’s home on Valentine’s Day.“As we grieve today with Reeva’s family and friends and struggle to make sense of this shocking tragedy, it has taken much deliberation to come to the decision to continue screening Tropika Island of Treasure 5 as planned,” executive producer Samantha Moon said in a statement.“This week’s episode will be dedicated to Reeva’s memory.”A weeping Pistorius appeared in a Pretoria court yesterday charged with murder over the killing of his 29-year-old girlfriend.A special tribute will be broadcast ahead of Saturday’s show at 4.30pm GMT.AdvertisementsOnline advertisements for the series shows a beaming Steenkamp clad in a bikini and other skimpy clothing.The show’s website carries a picture of burning candle with a message: “We are deeply saddened and extend our condolences to Reeva’s family and friends.”The series, now in its fifth season, is popular with local viewers.The hour-long show, screened on Saturday evenings is described as “pure adrenaline-fuelled drama… Whether diving off 75-foot Jamaican cliffs into the ocean, recreating cool runnings or meeting Jamaican celebrities”.Born in the southern city of Port Elizabeth, Steenkamp moved to Johannesburg six years ago to pursue her modelling career.The model, who had been dating the double amputee sprinter, was shot dead inside Pistorius’s Pretoria home on Thursday. The pair had been dating since late last year.On her Twitter profile Steenkamp described herself as a “Law Graduate, Child of God” and, regularly mentioned Pistorius, 26, in her posts, referring to him as her “boo” and “an amazing person”.- © AFP 2013.Related: Oscar Pistorius disputes murder charge “in the strongest terms”>More: Oscar Pistorius breaks down in court as bail hearing postponed>last_img read more

To be playing against Ulster that was a huge moment for me

first_img‘To be playing against Ulster, that was a huge moment for me and my family’ 25-year-old Ed Byrne has been in superb form for Leinster this season. Apr 8th 2019, 7:31 PM 28,498 Views Subscribe 7 Comments Monday 8 Apr 2019, 7:30 PM center_img Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Murray Kinsella Share31 Tweet Email IT’S BEEN A real breakthrough season for Ed Byrne with Leinster and he had a new milestone again last weekend… his first time packing down at number eight.The loosehead prop ended up providing back row cover on the bench for Leinster against Benetton after the late withdrawal of Josh Murphy due to illness forced a reshuffle.With five minutes of the game remaining, Byrne was sent on in place of Scott Penny just before a defensive scrum, where he lined up in the number eight slot.“That was a first!” says Byrne with a laugh. “I was alright with it. I came on and had been told I might be covering six so initially when I came on, I was thinking ‘That’s a pretty big blindside there!’“I was a small bit worried but once I was packing down at eight, I had a fair idea of what I needed to do. I spoke to Max [Deegan] and Caelan [Doris] very quickly, then we ended up defending for five minutes so didn’t get another set-piece after that.”Unfortunately for Leinster, Benetton managed to force their way over with the clock in the red to secure a share of the spoils.For Byrne, it was a brief replacement appearance in a season that has seen the 25-year-old’s career accelerate to the point that he is keeping the 54-times capped Ireland international Jack McGrath out of Leinster’s Champions Cup matchday squads.Cian Healy remains the first-choice in the number one shirt but Byrne’s form has been superb and has seen McGrath look elsewhere by agreeing to join Ulster next season.With 14 appearances in the Pro14 and a further four off the bench in Europe, including a 23-minute stint in the quarter-final win over Ulster, Byrne has exceeded his own objectives for this campaign. Byrne shakes hands with Ulster’s John Cooney after Leinster’s quarter-final win. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO“My goal at the start of the season was to play Champions Cup so it was great to play in the games I did,” he says. “I’m loving that and getting some really good opportunities this year. Hopefully, I’m putting my hand up now.”There’s little doubt Byrne is doing so and his progress is all the more enjoyable for the injury hell he went through from 2014 until early 2017.In total, he missed 28 months with cruel knee injuries. There were dark times when he wondered whether he would ever play again. Largely fit for the past two seasons and seemingly getting better with every game, Byrne does sometimes reflect on that horrific period.“It’s a strange one, it’s there. I don’t like to look back on it too much because the fear of injury for a few months after that was top of my head, just really wanting to get a run of games and keep fit. I’m always trying to keep on top of the little bits that help that.“Just in terms of adversity and getting through tough times, it makes those big days very special. I went through an unbelievably tough time there and now to be playing against Ulster two weeks ago, that was a huge moment for me and my family. It does make those days extra special.” Byrne scored two tries against the Kings in February. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHOLeinster have pushed Byrne to concentrate on his “point of difference,” namely the explosive ball-carrying he has had from his earliest days in rugby and which helped him to excel in schools rugby with Clongowes.In terms of his set-piece work, Byrne says Leinster scrum coach John Fogarty has been an “incredible” influence, having worked with him in the provincial system since the age of 18.And the presence of seasoned internationals in Healy and McGrath in the “unbelievably competitive” loosehead spot has been key to him learning more each season.“The lads have been great, I’ve learned a huge amount from them over the years,” says Byrne. “Even chatting through little things with Cian and Jack scrum-wise, little pointers here and there.“Throughout the whole group, there’s unbelievable competition but great friendships there as well, lads get on really well. It’s very important to strike that balance.”Off the pitch, Byrne is a popular figure in the Leinster group and part of the Carlow crew along with his twin brother, Bryan, and Sean O’Brien, whose Instagram stories often feature Ed.“It’s not by choice really but unfortunately, I’m on the end of them,” laughs Byrne.Byrne’s own rugby story looks like a happier one with each passing week.Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here:last_img read more

Greeks abroad vote to sink in parliament

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek cabinet  approved a draft bill which will allow Greeks abroad to vote in Greek elections from their place of residence last week. Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos urged the political parties to cooperate in passing the bill into law when introducing the legislation to Greek Parliament.“We cannot deprive expatriates of their right to participate in the political life of the country. It is dictated by the Constitution but is also our obligation towards them when we know how much we owe them and how much they can renew the political life of the country through their participation and their ideas,” he underlined.However hope that the proposed bill giving Greeks living abroad the right to vote Greek elections will pass was dealt a serious blow when Opposition parties declared their opposition to the proposed legislation. This does not augur well for the fate of the proposed bill because it needs 200 of the 300 MPs to support the bill for it to become law. Andreas Loverdos, a PASOK deputy and the party’s spokesman on foreign affairs, indicated that PASOK will oppose the bill.  PASOK is unhappy that its calls were not heeded for a postal ballot and for the creation of constituencies for Greeks abroad so that they can directly elect MPs to Parliament.Syriza (The Left Coalition) has adopted a similar position.KKE has also expressed its opposition to the bill, saying that it would have a disproportionate effect on the election result. The Right-wing Popular Orthodox Rally said that it is largely in favour of the bill.The proposed legislation gives the right to vote to Greeks that are permanently resident abroad and those that are stationed abroad, either working for Greek foreign services or as employees of international organisations. These will be included in special electoral rolls to be compiled and regularly updated by Greek consulates.Those wanting to vote would have to register with the Greek embassies or consulates in their place of residence.They will be able to vote only for the party of their choice, not specific candidates. Their votes will be counted at the embassies or consulates by an electoral committee and the results announced at the same time as those in Greece.Every party would have to include three Greeks living abroad on their State List, which is made up of 12 candidates that do not stand in any specific constituency but are elected to Parliament based on the proportion of the vote received by their party. The minister clarified that the proposed bill will be transitional, since this would be the first time that the Greeks abroad would vote in elections. Once it had been tested in practice, the government would then examine the possibility of representation for specific regions abroad and ways in which the Constitutional provision for a postal vote might be implemented in practice.He also explained that the votes of expatriates participating in the elections would be added to the total of those voting throughout the country and in this way, their percentage would also be taken into account when calculating the allocation of seats in Parliament to each party.By tabling the draft bill in Parliament, the government was fulfilling the pledge it had originally made in 2004 to bring a draft law executing the Constitution and thus give Greeks abroad the chance to vote, Pavlopoulos stressed.last_img read more

Bank deposits rebound in August

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Bank deposits in Greece are showing signs of a rebound this month for the first time in the last couple of years, as customers respond positively to last month’s news about a second bailout for Greece, reinforcing trust in the local system. At the same time, uncertainty about the Cyprus economy has resulted in many Greeks withdrawing their deposits from its banks and bringing them back to Greece, taking the inflow of funds to about 1.5 billion euros in the last three weeks, Bank of Greece Governor Giorgos Provopoulos told Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos during a meeting. This means that August may well prove to be the first month with a positive balance of capital inflows, after total deposits in the local banking system had shrunk to 249.4 billion euros in June from 280.2 billion euros last December. Some of the deposits are from the general government sector, amounting to 9.1 billion euros at the end of June, official data indicates.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more