first_imgThree political parties have finalised their list of candidates for the Nagaland Assembly elections, but no one has filed nominations till Monday, with less than 48 hours to the deadline.The Election Commission started the poll process in Nagaland on January 31, setting February 7 as the last day for submission of papers.Officials said they expected a last-minute rush as “more than 100 candidates” had collected the nomination sheets. The delay has been attributed to the January 29 decision by a core committee of tribal organisations to boycott the polls.The committee, comprising extremist organisations, wants a solution to the Naga political issue before polls.“Nobody has filed nominations till Monday, but several candidates are learnt to have left for their constituencies to do so,” Chief Electoral Officer Abhijit Sinha said. Of the 11 political parties that endorsed the core committee’s boycott decision, four including the Congress backed out for contesting the election. Three of them have announced their list of candidates.The ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF) has issued a list of 58 candidates. The Bharatiya Janata Party and the new regional party, Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party, which announced a seat-sharing agreement last week, have finalised 20 and 39 candidates, respectively.Meanwhile, security forces have reported stray incidents of violence in the State not related to the poll boycott call. In one such instance, NPF supporters on Sunday night attacked the house of Y.M. Humtsoe, who quit the party to contest as a Janata Dal (U) candidate.The police said four NPF supporters were arrested for attacking Mr. Humtsoe’s house at Wokha village in Wokha district, for setting ablaze and damaging six vehicles. No one was injured.last_img read more

first_imgSyed Shujaat Bukhari, the assassinated 50-year-old journalist, was rooted in Kashmir’s cultural ethos.A gifted orator, he had an equal command over Urdu, Kashmiri and English. His appreciation of Kashmiri poetry and prose and his taste for Urdu literature made him a prominent invitee at cultural events.Editorial | Act of intimidationIt was thanks to his campaign that the move to drop Nastaliq, the traditional Perso-Arabic script, as the Kashmiri script was shelved; this despite the opposition by cultural groups promoting Devanagari and Sharda.The advocacy of the cultural group Adbee Markaz Kamraz, which Bukhari headed, succeeded in introducing the Kashmiri language back in schools in 2008, after a gap of over three decades.He was a linguistic nationalist, and his much-awaited dream to see Kashmiri taught up to Class 10 was realised in June 2017, despite opposition from many quarters.His efforts to publish books in Kashmiri despite dearth of funds and promote local writers went a long way in helping the survival of a language on the verge of extinction.Bukhari’s involvement in cultural activities turned his office at Rising Kashmir into a buzzing cultural space, where people from all walks of life were welcome to a steaming cup of nun chai, the traditional pink salty tea.His growing clout strengthened the activist in him. He championed several causes — from protesting against growing mortality rates among babies at a Srinagar hospital to saving Dal Lake.Public serviceDuring the 2014 floods, Bukhari rescued people from marooned houses by rowing inflatable boats himself and supplied essentials to the needy; he was proud that he was able to shift several Hindu families to safe locations.One held for Shujaat Bukhari’s killingHe took it upon himself to become the caretaker of the family of journalist Pervaiz Sultan, assassinated in 2003 in the same building that housed his office.One of the few Kashmiri journalists who was well-travelled, Bukhari became the face and voice of Kashmir in international fora. He wore his politics on his sleeve.A moderate Muslim, who feared that extreme interpretations of the Koran “will consume society from within”, he was anguished over the killing of local policemen, the use of excessive force against protesters and the choking of political space, especially of separatist leaders.He believed that talks between India and Pakistan was the way forward on Kashmir, a theme he dwelt on in public forums.He was a firm believer in “an incremental solution to the protracted Kashmir problem rather than looking for a one-time event”. He was for a win-win situation for all.Bukhari was an avid social media user, and his lines from our last conversation in the second week of Ramzan are vivid in my mind: “Kashmir is growing into a vicious place. We are baying for each other’s blood. We label people and create false perceptions. It perturbs me the most.”last_img read more

first_imgHumans use GPS devices and Google Maps to guide them home, but loggerhead turtles still prefer a magnetic compass. Unlike some beach bums, these turtles spend most of their lives in the ocean. Every 2 years, females cross the seven seas, docking on the beaches where they were born, to lay eggs. And although prior experiments have shown that loggerheads use magnetic fields to navigate in open water, mystery still surrounds how they find their native beach. Researchers report online today in Current Biology the first evidence that magnetic fields mark the spot for home—and even dictate its size. The team looked at 19 years of public data on turtle nesting locations in Florida and compared them with recordings of Earth’s magnetic fields. Much like shifting sand, magnetic fields slide slightly over time, and their strength also increases as one moves away from the equator, akin to latitude. This property gives each stretch of coast a unique geographic marker, known as an isoline. The team found that in years when these magnetic isolines moved apart, the turtle nests spread out over a larger area—by 1 or 2 kilometers. Conversely, when isolines converged, the nests squeezed into a smaller patch of beach, suggesting the turtles follow shifting magnetic tracks to their favorite nests. The findings also argue that a magnetic address is imprinted on loggerhead turtles at birth to point the way home.last_img read more

first_imgAs the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) goes all out to win the October 21 Assembly polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to address his first rally towards the end of the campaigning in Satara, western Maharashtra, on October 17.The Prime Minister, who will address nine public meetings across the State, will also hold another one in Pune city the same day, informed BJP State unit chief Chandrakant Patil, himself a candidate from the city’s Kothrud Assembly segment.The party’s other ‘star campaigner’, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, is slated to hold 17 public meetings.“The Prime Minister will be holding nine public meetings in all with two of these in western Maharashtra. Of these, the Satara rally which will take place around noon on October 17 while the Pune address is scheduled for the same evening. Mr. Shah’s schedule is being finalised,” informed Mr. Patil, adding that the Union Home Minister’s first meeting is likely to be in Sangli district on October 10.Mr. Modi’s public meetings will be held for two crucial constituencies where the prestige of both BJP candidates are at stake — the Satara Lok Sabha by-election where royalist Udayanraje Bhosale is the candidate, and the Kothrud Assembly seat from where Mr. Patil is contesting.Mr. Bhosale, a former three-time Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MP who recently switched alliances to join the BJP, is pitted against the NCP’s Shriniwas Patil, the ex-Governor of Sikkim.Mr. Modi’s Pune rally will be especially vital for the fortunes of Mr. Patil, who is contesting his first Assembly election and faces a formidable challenge in Kothrud in the form of voter resentment and a disgruntled Shiv Sena leadership.“Earlier, there was a problem over settling on the dates for the Prime Minister’s rally…we thought of October 10, but it was thought too early. Then, we thought of October 13 and now it has been fixed for October 17,” Mr. Patil said, adding that the party would start looking for a suitable place to hold these public meetings.In stark contrast, the beleaguered Congress has yet to get its act together with the leadership still in the dark about Rahul Gandhi’s proposed campaign programme for the Congress’ candidates.MNS looking for venueMeanwhile, with Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) taking the plunge in electoral politics, the MNS chief is not getting a venue in Pune ahead of its first rally scheduled on October 9.An irate Ajay Shinde, who is the MNS’ Pune city chief, claimed that educational institutes had refused the party a place for Mr. Thackeray’s first rally in the city’s Kasba Peth area. “We have been trying to secure a ground since October 1 and have approached the district authorities… However, no educational institution is willing to give us a place,” said Mr. Shinde.He further hit out at the ruling BJP-Sena government’s alleged ‘dictatorship’ and accused them of attempting to stifle democracy by denying political space for opposition parties.“We will hold our rally at Alka Chowk on October 9 come what may and the [BJP-Sena] government will then be responsible for any law and order situation that may arise,” warned Mr. Shinde.Mr. Thackeray, whose party did not contest the recent Lok Sabha elections, had nevertheless managed to draw large crowds at his rallies.last_img read more

first_imgAs the media drive for the Tata Harrier is in full swing, we have to say it is becoming increasingly difficult for us to wait for the most anticipated premium SUV of the year, the Tata Harrier.Tata Motors officially revealed the Harrier with the rollout of the 1st Harrier from its all-new manufacturing line. With this, Tata Motors is now gearing up for the launch of its much-awaited SUV in January 2019. Tata will be unveiling the Harrier globally in December. The Tata Harrier SUV first made its domestic debut in its concept form back in February at the 2018 Auto Expo.Because the Harrier is designed on the base of Tata’s latest Impact Design 2.0 philosophy, the Harrier needed a completely new approach to product development and manufacturing processes. The completely new assembly line has been built in a time of six months with a majority of the manufacturing practices adopted from Jaguar Land Rover. It boasts of 90 per cent automation levels with over 100+ KUKA and ABB robots.However, there is a downer. Based on sources and other online reports, the Harrier will not be getting an AWD system on any variant. As we mentioned before, the Harrier will be powered by a Fiat-sourced 2.0-liter diesel. The Harrier will sit on Land Rover’s L550 platform which means building an all-wheel-drive setup on the Fiat engine will drive up engineering costs for a low-demand variant.According to various price guides, for an SUV like Harrier, the ex-showroom price is slated to be around Rs 16-21 lakh.advertisementThe Tata Harrier will offer an all-new exterior design, ergonomically and premium designed interiors, future-ready connectivity, and Tata-claimed best-in-class infotainment. The 5 seater monocoque SUV is engineered on the new generation Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced’ Architecture, which is derived from the legendary Land Rover D8 architecture and developed in collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover.Also, the Tata Harrier gets a premium Oakwood finish dashboard with perforated leather seat upholstery and door pad inserts. The ac vents get satin chrome linings which can also be found on the instrument panel cluster, door pad inserts, and inner door handles.The Harrier will be built on the Omega platform which is a derivative of the L550 platform from the stables of Jaguar Land Rover for the Discovery Sport which also gets the D8 architecture. This means the Harrier is slated to use the parts bin of the Discovery Sport which includes floor panels, all-independent suspension, and steering gear. However, steel will be used with aluminum to optimize cost.The Harrier is also slated to share the wheelbase from the Discovery Sport which is 2,741mm and will be 4×4 capable like the Discovery Sport and will come with a proper 4×4 drivetrain.The best part yet, the production-spec Harrier looks very similar to the H5X concept with the high-set headlamps with LED DRLs. Other styling similarities include wheel arches, front and rear armrests, slim headlamps which are in accordance with their Impact Design 2.0 language.The SUV will come with a host of safety equipment like a terrain response system, ABS with EBD, Electronic Stability, different driving modes, all-wheel drive (top-spec), and independent suspension control.The Harrier is slated to be powered by a Fiat-sourced Kryotec, 140bhp, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, a turbo-diesel engine with a 4-wheel drive system which will be developed by Tata. The powertrain will be mated to a 6-speed manual. The engine will get multiple drive modes which are already available on Tata’s Revotron and Revotorq line of engines (Eco, City, Sport). The Harrier also gets ESP Terrain Response Modes which can be varied between Normal, Rough, and Wet modes. The Tata Harrier also gets Cruise Control.Interior wise, the Harrier will feature front and rear AC vents, sunroof, two-display touchscreen infotainment systems, steering mounted controls, electric seats with memory function, parking sensors, auto headlamps, automatic climate control, push-button start, cooled storage box, and reverse camera.Tata has already started taking in bookings for the Harrier for a booking amount of Rs 30,000. Interested customers can make the booking online or at their nearest Tata dealership.With an expected launch date set in early January 2019 and deliveries slated for late January, the Tata Harrier will go against the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Renault Captur, Mahindra XUV500, Jeep Compass, and the upcoming Nissan Kicks.last_img read more

first_imgNew Zealand woman cricketer Hayley Jensen married Australian player Nicola Hancock in a beautiful same-sex ceremony last weekend.Hayley Jensen and Nicola Hancock have both played for the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League before Jensen made the cross-town move to the Melbourne Renegades for the third edition of the tournament.Melbourne Stars celebrated the news by sharing a wedding picture on their official Twitter handle.From #TeamGreen, congratulations to Stars bowler Nicola Hancock who married her partner Hayley Jensen last weekend! the club captioned the picture.From #TeamGreen, congratulations to Stars bowler Nicola Hancock who married her partner Hayley Jensen last weekend! pic.twitter.com/QvWb7Ue0QxMelbourne Stars (@StarsBBL) April 18, 2019Hayley Jensen and Nicola Hancock also took to their Instagaram profiles to share an alluring picture from the wedding day. Nicola Hancock had earlier announced the news of the two marrying each other 46 days ago on Instagram. Nicola Hancock shared her wedding picture on Instagram. (Instagram/nichancock44)Hayley Jensen, 26, made her international cricket debut for New Zealand in 2014. Jensen was named the best player in the Victoria Women’s Premier Cricket competition for the 2017-2018 season.Nicola Hancock, on the other hand, is still uncapped in international circuit but recently became the second highest wicket taker for the Melbourne Stars.The Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) marriage was made legal in New Zealand on August 19, 2013.Same-sex marriage was legalized in Australia as well on December 9, 2017.Last year in July, South African women’s cricket team captain Dane van Niekerk also married her teammate Marizanne Kapp.advertisementThe duo was only the second set of current international teammates to get married After New Zealand’s Amy Satterthwaite and Lea Tahuhu tied knot in 2017.Also Read | South Africa women’s cricket captain Van Niekerk marries teammate KappAlso Read | Nathan Lyon wants Australia to enjoy cricket on challenging India tourlast_img read more

first_img Since you’re here… Rugby union news On Saturday in Yokohama, when the white noise and chatter finally gives way to 80 minutes of crunching rugby, two distinct paths will confront Eddie Jones’s England team. Win the Rugby World Cup for a second time, and the pages of history – as well as sponsors’ wallets – will open up to embrace them. Lose, and they merely join the long list of plucky national sides that saw glory slip from their fingers.It is the ultimate sporting sliding doors moment. But if England are able to lift the Webb Ellis Cup, Mark Borkowski, a PR expert who has represented Diego Maradona, Michael Jackson and brands such as Virgin and Cadbury, predicts that England players will easily treble any earnings from sponsorship and marketing opportunities in the short term – and insists they will never be out of work again. Share on Pinterest Rugby World Cup 2019 Support The Guardian Read more England rugby union team Rugby World Cup Share on Messenger South Africa’s Siya Kolisi: ‘I’ve never seen this much support for the team’ Topics Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on LinkedIn “There are two overriding factors in play,” he says. “First there’s social context of what we’re going through as a nation with Brexit, which makes people desperate for any form of relief,” he says. “People wake up to the B word. They go to sleep hearing the B word. The country is divided. In the middle of all this crap winning the Rugby World Cup would be a huge piece of good news and naturally magnify the attention on the team.“Then there’s rugby union’s strong connection with the professions. Sponsors will want these intelligent young men to represent their brands. Broadcasters will snap them up once they retire. And there is also a lucrative career on the corporate and after-dinner circuit for any sporting hero with a story to tell. These players will never be out of work again.”England’s 31-man squad have already earned £137,220 each for making the final and victory against South Africa would be worth another £41,298 a man. Yet those figures will pale into insignificance compared to the millions that will come their way in commercial spin-offs in the years ahead providing they are successful.But winning is everything. As Borkowski points out, those England players who played only in the 2007 final defeat to the Springboks have nowhere near the commercial clout of the Clive Woodward side that lifted the World Cup in 2003.Nearly 16 years after his drop-goal heroics, Jonny Wilkinson is able to command over £25,000 per appearance according to JLA, the UK’s largest agency for motivational and after-dinner speakers. Woodward and Lawrence Dallaglio are not far behind on £10,000-£25,000. And even less storied members of the 2003 team, including Will Greenwood, Ben Kay and Austin Healey, can charge between £5,000 and £10,000. And that is before all the broadcast and newspaper deals and myriad appearances on shows such as Celebrity Masterchef are taken into account.Tellingly, it is a struggle to find England players on the JLA roster who appeared only at the 2007 World Cup. Why book a runner-up when you can have a winner?Admittedly England’s 2019 vintage are not as well known as Wilkinson and co, given far less rugby is shown on domestic TV these days. Few are household names yet. However Borkowski insists: “No one will ever forget this group of likeable young men, from very different backgrounds, if they beat Australia, the All Blacks and South Africa in the space of a fortnight to win the World Cup.”Certainly as Jones’s side have burrowed deeper into the tournament it is not only the familiar names – captain Owen Farrell, Maro Itoje and Manu Tuilagi – who have grabbed the public’s attention but fresher faces too.Chief among those have been the flankers Tom Curry, 21, and Sam Underhill, 23, who have earned the nickname “the Kamikaze Twins” because – in the words of Jones – “they hit everything that moves”, have been outstanding in the knockout stages.They will have to be at least as belligerent again if England, who are regarded as warm favourites, are to overcome South Africa in what is expected to be a muscular and uncompromising encounter. If English sporting history is any guide, it is also unlikely to be straightforward. After all, the football team required extra-time and an Azerbaijani linesman to lift the 1966 World Cup.The rugby union team needed extra time and a Wilkinson drop goal in 2003. While a combination of Ben Stokes, a large dollop of luck and a super over, just about saw England’s cricketers over the line in their World Cup final in July.Richard Ayres, the founder and CEO of Seven Leagues, a digital strategy group whose clients include the NBA, Premier League and the Open, says that rugby union must be prepared to immediately leap into action to capitalise on an England victory.“We are seeing a large increase in the level of search around rugby, and the RFU and clubs across the country should already have a strategy in place to take advantage of the sport’s moment in the sun,” he says. “The RFU need to get into people’s inboxes, be on their social feed, and finding ways to retain these news fans.“We also know that lots of rugby clubs across the country are hosting parties with bacon butties and beer flowing from 8am in the morning,” he adds. “What they should be doing is saying: ‘Bring your friends and family, sign them up.’ The sport – much like the players themselves – must grab this moment with both hands.” Reuse this content Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: An aviation studies portal has been restrained from offering counterfeit ‘Vistara’ branded products by the Delhi High Court, which said that it posed security risks at airports as it is a distinctive Tata-SIA airline trademark in the airline industry.The high court said that Pilot 18 Aviation Book Store, which operates the web portal www.pilot18.com, was not just selling products bearing the mark ‘Vistara’ but also products of various other airlines including Jet Airways, SpiceJet and Air India and this posed a serious security threat. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Justice Prathiba M Singh directed Pilot 18 to pay Rs 2 lakh as cost to the operator of Vistara Airlines within a month. The court’s order came while deciding a suit filed by Tata SIA Airlines Ltd seeking to restrain the portal from using its trademarks and selling badges, name tags and other accessories, including mugs and baggage tags, bearing the mark ‘Vistara’ with an identical device mark/logo form. The plaintiff said it came to know in February about ‘Vistara’ branded products on the website of the defendants as also on various e-commerce portals such as Amazon and Snapdeal. Justice Singh took strong exception to the incorrect statement made by the portal that they have never used the trademark ‘Vistara’. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThis constitutes perjury, the court said and noted that the portal had no remorse whatsoever while making the statement. The portal owner was not only liable to be permanently injuncted from using the mark Vistara’ but are also liable to pay costs and damages. “The mark Vistara is quite popular in India and has acquired a unique status. It is a distinctive mark that enjoys enormous goodwill and reputation in the airline, travel and tourism industry. Use of this mark, even in respect of unrelated services would create confusion and deception. It deserves to be declared as a ‘well-known mark’,” the court said and passed a decree in the favour of the airlines. The airlines said the mark ‘Vistara’ is registered in India, Singapore, and various other jurisdictions. It said the defendants are not only offering these products on their website, but also claim that they were supplying ‘Vistara’ branded aviation products to Vistara Airlines.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — Amnesty International is calling on the Canadian government to suspend its Safe Third Country agreement with the United States in light of a controversial new refugee policy implemented this week by the Trump administration.The group says the policy no longer guarantees asylum seekers the same legal rights as those offered in Canada and could see some migrants sent back to countries where they face risks of violence and persecution.Under the Safe Third Country agreement, asylum seekers arriving in Canada from the U.S. must file a refugee claim in America as it is considered safe.But refugee agencies worry those migrants could now be at risk of deportation after the Trump administration said anyone arriving at the southern border cannot file for refugee protection if they failed to file a protection claim while moving through another country.The move would disqualify thousands of migrants who have travelled through Central America and Mexico.A spokesperson for Border Security Minister Bill Blair says Canada still deems the U.S. a safe country governed by the rule of law, but adds that American rules and policies are always being reviewed.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgNewcastle (United Kingdom): Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah was stretchered off with a head knock during the 3-2 win at Newcastle on Saturday leaving manager Jurgen Klopp sweating on the Egyptian’s fitness ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Barcelona. And Klopp will definitely be without another of his prolific attacking trident with Roberto Firmino ruled out due to a groin injury. Liverpool face a monumental task to overturn a 3-0 first leg deficit against Barca if they are to reach the Champions League final for the second consecutive season. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuSalah was caught by Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka as they challenged for an aerial ball 20 minutes from time at St. James’ Park. “We’ll have to see. He took a blow to the head. He watched the game in the locker room, he was OK, but we have to do more tests,” Klopp told Sky Sports. Firmino was not involved on Saturday and Klopp confirmed he will miss Barca’s visit. “He will not be ready for Tuesday and the rest we will see,” said the German on the possibility Firmino could be fit for Liverpool’s final league game of the season against Wolves on May 12. Salah had earlier scored his 26th goal of the season to put Liverpool 2-1 in front, before Salomon Rondon levelled early in the second-half to make it 2-2. Divock Origi then headed Liverpool’s late winner as the Reds went back to the top of the Premier League.last_img read more

By Josh BabbRabat – The move comes amid continued bipartisan anger by US lawmakers over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in early October, which has also increased scrutiny over American support of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen’s bloody civil war.Both the Saudi announcement, which came from the state-run Saudi Press Agency on Saturday, and US comments suggested Riyadh was the initial force that led to the decision. The Saudi-led coalition has been an active participant in the Yemen conflict since March 2015, when Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS), who was Riyadh’s defence minister at the time, announced military action. The Saudi coalition intervened to fight the Houthi rebels on behalf of the internationally-recognized government of Yemen.Read also: Saudi Arabia Receives Recordings of Khashoggi’s MurderBoth the Saudis and US intelligence say the Houthi rebels are backed by the Iranian government, a claim which Tehran denies. The US and other Western nations have supported the coalition through the duration of the war with intelligence and logistical support, in-flight refueling, and billions of dollars in weapon sales. In a statement, US Secretary of Defence James Mattis said he supported the Saudi decision to end US refueling support, adding “The U.S. will also continue working with the coalition and Yemen to minimize civilian casualties and expand urgent humanitarian efforts throughout the country.”Although human rights organizations and aid workers applauded the decision, there are doubts weather it will have a significant impact on Saudi Arabia’s ability to conduct airstrikes. It is reported that before the announcement Riyadh was already refueling its own aircraft 80 percent of the time. American support for the Saudi intervention in Yemen has long been controversial due to the high number of civilian casualties the airstrikes have caused, with the UN estimating at least 10,000 civilians dead. Other reputable organizations have placed the tally as high as 56,000.Read also: World Food Program to Double Aid for Yemeni CrisisCoalition airstrikes have hit hospitals, wedding parties, health clinics and funerals among other non-military targets. Last August one such strike killed more than 40 schoolchildren on a bus, the bomb was US made. “After each airstrike, Yemenis often blame the United States in the same breath as the Saudi-led coalition for the tragedies.”In addition to the airstrike campaign, the Saudis have led an air, land, and sea blockade of Yemen, the Middle East’s poorest country, which has been ongoing since 2015. The blockade has had a devastating effect on Yemeni civilians, with the UN reporting 14 million people, more than half the country’s population, was at risk of famine, along with dangerous outbreaks of diseases such as cholera.In October Mattis announced the US would participate in peace talks between the Houthis and the Saudi coalition in Sweden later this year, which would be sponsored by the UN as well. Previous negotiation attempts, spearheaded by the UN special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths, between the two sides fell through last September, when the Houthis backed out claiming they had not been guaranteed safe return. read more

TORONTO — Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. has paid nearly $11.8 million to increase its holding of Torstar Corp.’s non-voting shares to 40.6 per cent.The Toronto-based financial company now owns about 28.9 million class B shares of Torstar, owner of the Toronto Star, the Metroland group of newspapers and other digital and print media businesses.Fairfax says it paid $1.25 each for the 9.4 million class B shares. The shares closed Thursday at $1.30 on the Toronto Stock Exchange, but Fairfax didn’t say when its shares were acquired through a private agreement.Fairfax Financial companies face nearly $1 billion in losses due to natural disastersFairfax Financial sells Singapore insurance business for US$1.6 billionFairfax says it acquired the class B shares for investment purposes but, in future, it may discuss transactions with management or the company’s board of directors.The company has gradually increased its stake over recent years. Prior to the most recent transaction, it owned 27.3 per cent of the media company’s non-voting shares.Fairfax is a holding company that’s primarily invested in insurance businesses. However, it has also made major investments in other Canadian companies including BlackBerry Ltd., International Forest Products, and Cara Operations. read more

A water cut which was in effect in several areas since last evening continued today, going beyond the initial 12 hours it was scheduled to be in force.The National Water Supply and Drainage Board earlier announced a 12 hour water cut from 6.00pm yesterday to 6.00am today. The water cut was in affect in the Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia Municipal Council areas, Wellawata, Kirulapana, Bambalapitiya, Kollupitiya, Pamankada, Havelock Town, Jayanthipura, Pelawatta, Mulleriyawa, Ambatale and Kohilawatta.This morning the National Water Supply and Drainage Board announced that the water cut will continue till 3pm today.

This course is the first of two five-week classes; a second batch of 54 instructors will go through the training in early September, according to UN officials. Each of the future police instructors was selected by UN staff from a list provided by the Congolese Rally for Democracy-Goma (RCD-Goma), the de-facto authority in the eastern city. MONUC’s civilian Police Commissioner, Gen. Gerardo Chaumont, as well as RCD-Goma officials, attended the opening ceremony. The Secretary-General, in his latest report on MONUC, highlighted the need for improvements in the DRC’s law enforcement practices, both in Kisangani and throughout the country. “As far as possible, the police force will have to be professionalized in order to protect it from undue political influence and to stress its civilian, non-military character,” he wrote. read more

first_imgTwo of Liverpool Football Club’s youth players are under investigation allegedly for sexually harassing female teachers and young girls at the school they attend.Rainhill High School in Merseyside has launched an inquiry into both rising stars of the Premier League club following allegations about inappropriate sexual comments and behaviour. Whistleblowers told The Daily Telegraph how staff and pupils had complained about the conduct of the club’s young players but that the school management had been slow to act.In one case, it was claimed that the Liverpool players acted in a sexually intimidating manner toward a group of 11-year-old girls during their sports lesson, parading around with shirts off and trousers undone. It was alleged they were shouting and swearing.In another instance, one player 
allegedly sexually harassed a female teacher. The school was made aware of both these cases after staff made formal complaints.A source close to the school told The Daily Telegraph: “They are really big, well-built lads and they have been intimidating staff and pupils, making sexualised comments aimed at them, and jeering.“A lot of people feel that the behaviour is out of control. It has really escalated. We have been told that the club is taking it seriously.” The source told how the Liverpool youth players had also been responsible for “horrendous” vandalism.“There is a lot of anti-social behaviour: kicking balls at windows and smashing them, kicking balls at children,” they said.The school is the nominated place for players enrolled at Liverpool Football Club’s academy.Another source said that “the lads do whatever they want” while the school’s management “turns a blind eye”. They added: “The attitude is that ‘boys will be boys’.”The source told how they witnessed two of the club’s young players shouting crude sexual comments at a female student. “The incident was reported but nothing was done,” they said.Staff wrote to Ofsted, the schools inspectorate, to alert them about their concerns, and that triggered inquiries from the local council about safeguarding, The Telegraph understands.A spokesman for Ofsted said it could not comment on individual cases, but added that it brought any concerns, relating to safeguarding or allegations of abuse, to the attention of the local authority social services and the police.The school was last inspected in 2014 when it was ranked “good”, with inspectors noting that “the curriculum provides some outstanding opportunities for students’ spiritual, moral social and cultural development and prepares them well for life in modern Britain”. Inspectors said that “safeguarding, particularly of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged students, is strong”, adding that all statutory requirements were met by the school.A spokesman for Liverpool FC said: “We are aware Rainhill High School is currently looking into complaints made against two of their pupils who are also young players at Liverpool.“The club will allow the school to conclude its own inquiries in the first instance before considering their findings.“Until the school completes its own process, the club will not be making any further comment.”A St Helens council spokesperson said: “The council can confirm that no investigations are currently being carried out at Rainhill High School in relation to safeguarding concerns.”Rainhill High School did not respond to requests for comment.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

first_imgNigeria’s Business Day reports that “coal which used to be a major source of energy in the country before the discovery of oil is gradually on the brink of collapse.” “There are no coal power plants operating in the country currently because there were factors to consider in designing and running them. For you to be able to build a coal power plant you must determine the amount of coal deposit you have and how many years it can last,” the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Musa Sada, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). The Nigeria coal industry has four closed non-operational mines of Okpara and Onyeama in Enugu State, Okaba surface mine in Kogi State and Owukpa underground mine in Benue State. “In addition to these there are about 13 undeveloped coalfields,” Business Day reports.“Some industrialists and electricity generating companies in the country are already initiating moves to import coal from South Africa as a proactive measure against the lingering power crisis in the country. The move is believed to be as a result of the frustrations the operators experience in getting gas to fuel their respective power plants, according to experts.“Dangote Cement is leading the coal import initiative from South Africa as the company has placed an initial order of 30,000 t of the commodity from the continent’s second largest economy. The company has already slated $250 million for power generating conversion, which would involve the establishment of three plants at Dangote Cement’s facilities at Obajana in Kogi State; Gboko in Benue State; and Ibeshe in Ogun State.“Even though Nigerian coal is currently in high demand in the international market on account of its low sulphur and moderate ash content, it is still in low supply, leading to the loss of $1 billion annually, information from the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS) revealed.“The loss is attributed to abandoned coal mines and lack of necessary and modern infrastructure needed to drive the long-neglected sector, which has the export capacity or potential of 15 Mt/y.”Nigeria has experienced and continues to experience severe power outages. This has increased production costs and caused many businesses to close down. Many businesses have resorted to the acquisition of standby generators which has further increased their operating cost thus slowing the growth of the economy.“The recent dip in power supply has been due mainly to inadequate gas supply to thermal power plants,” said the Minister of Power, Chinedu Nebo.Last month, Business Day reported that President (at the time) Olusegun Obasanjo’s government “approved private companies to begin operating coal fields in joint ventures with the Nigeria Coal Corp (NCC), with an eventual goal of completely selling off the NCC’s assets to private investors, but nothing concrete was achieved. In 2013, the federal government signed a Memorandum of Understanding with HTG/Pacific Energy Co, with substantial technical partnership with Chinese experts, for a $3.7 billion coal-to-power project; yet there is nothing to show for it.“Records show that coal occurrences in Nigeria have been identified in more than 22 coalfields spread over 13 States of the federation. And the proven coal reserves in Nigeria is about 639 Mt, while the contingent (sic) reserves sum up to 2,750 Mt.”last_img read more

first_img RelatedPosts JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner The launch of the first stage of Galaxy Macau’s Phase 3 development will likely be postponed until mid-2020 due to delays in acquiring various government approvals, according to Union Gaming analyst Grant Govertsen.Commenting on Galaxy Entertainment Group’s 3Q18 earnings in a Friday note, Govertsen revealed that construction work on Phase 3 has “largely maxed out for the time being” pending the approvals. 300-seat cap revealed for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Gala Dinner at Galaxy Macau Load More As a result, it is unlikely that Phase 3, including the first batch of new hotel rooms, will come online until mid-2020, with the project having previously been expected to open in stages from late 2019.Govertsen added that design work on Phase 4 continues as usual.Despite the delay, Union Gaming maintains Galaxy as “the best operator in the market today” and well placed to ward off any headwinds in the coming years as it waits to add to its Cotai presence with the addition of Phases 3 and 4.Galaxy saw its net revenue grow 6% year-on-year to HK$13.0 billion and Adjusted EBITDA 10% to HK$3.9 billion in 3Q18, with both mass and VIP performing strongly. Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in Augustlast_img read more

first_imgFile photo: Lawrence Ostrovsky.The Central Committee of the Alaska Republican Party voted  to remove one of its members over the weekend, and several other party officers resigned, all so they can publicly support Joe Miller. Miller is trying again to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski. He jumped into the U.S. Senate race last week, as the Libertarian nominee. Six years ago, the Miller-Murkowski race divided the party. This time Republicans describe their differences as a friendly separation.Listen nowShannon Connelly of Palmer was, until this weekend, vice president of the Valley Republican Women, and she was chair of the District 11 Republicans. Opposing abortion is big for her, and Connelly says she was never comfortable with Murkowski’s moderate voting record on the issue. But Murkowski won the Republican nomination in August, and Connelly figured it was enough for her to just stay silent on the U.S. Senate race.“Then as Joe came into the race, I realized it wasn’t enough. I had a candidate that I did believe in, who is pro-life, which is a major thing for me,” she said. “And I thought I can’t just sit back. I have to stand for what I believe in.”Connelly knew Republican rules don’t allow a party officer to support a candidate from another party, and Miller is running under the Libertarian banner this time.“I realized I could not openly support him due to my positions,” she said.Tuckerman Babcock, chairman of the Alaska Republican Party. File photo: Lawrence Ostrovsky.State Party Chairman Tuckerman Babcock knew this would be an issue.“As soon as Miller got in the race I sent all the Central Committee (members) a memo reminding them of the rule, and suggesting the honorable thing to do is to resign, if that’s what you’re going to focus on,” he said.Babcock says the party couldn’t just look the other way and let its officers campaign against a Republican.“There are a lot of individuals in the Republican Party and we respect that. But we do have a line,” he said. “You cannot publicly support the non-Republican candidate. That’s a line you can’t cross.”So Connelly did resign, as did four  others on the 80-member Central Committee. Another, Dave Bronson of Anchorage, put it to a vote of the Central Committee, which decided 36-23 to remove him. A party Rules Committee member also resigned to support Miller.Babcock made it clear there’d be no hard feelings.“What I told them was: Go with my blessing as the chairman. And if your local district re-elects you or re-appoints you, then you’d be welcome back,” he said.As for him, Babcock says he’s with Murkowski: “I think that 72 percent of the Republican Primary voters picked Lisa Murkowski and I’m going to do everything I can to get her re-elected to the U.S. Senate.”Connelly says she plans to volunteer for Miller, but she also says she’ll continue to support her local Republican candidates in the Mat-Su.last_img read more

first_imgShabana Azmi and Shefali Shah will be seen together in a web series, a medical thriller, to be produced by Vipul Shah. In the upcoming series, Shefali will be seen playing the role of a doctor, while Shabana Azmi will be the owner of the hospital. The two last starred in Aparna Sen’s 2005 film 15 Park Avenue but did not have any scenes together. Mozez Singh, who directed Vicky Kaushal-starrer Zubaan, is co-writing the series with Aligarh fame Ishani Banerjee. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”It’s a web series for OTT platform and it will have multiple seasons. The hard-hitting series will address all the wrong doings and scams in the medical world. And its a real joy to have two very talented actresses, Shabana ji on-board along with Shefali Shah,” Vipul Shah said in a statement during an interaction. While Shefali, who won a lot of critical acclaim for her performance in Netflix original ‘Delhi Crime’, said she is thrilled to collaborate with Azmi. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”It’s an extremely important and pertinent topic that any sensitive person would relate to and has to be shown. Besides that creatively it’s a huge high for me.” “To be a part of a powerful story and playing an extremely complex character and it’s my privilege and honour of work with Shabana ji. It’s my first time with her and I can’t wait to dive straight into it. And to top it Vipul’s producing it,” Shefali said. The makers are yet to lock the director for the untitled web series.last_img read more