first_imgMany years ago when Shashi Tharoor was asked about his passion for writing, he quoted George Bernard Shaw: “I write for the same reason that a cow gives milk.” As he explained, “I’ve always tried to do – studying and writing, or working and writing – because I see myself as a human being with a number of concerns about the world: some of which I manifest through my work, whether it’s for hrefugees or peacekeeping; and some of which I manifest through my writing.” With his recent nomination for the top job of the Secretary General of the United Nations, Tharoor may get a chance to manifest those concerns in even more powerful ways, getting involved in life and death decisions across the world and channeling nations toward peace, health and prosperity. Writing has always been interwoven with his work-life. He is the winner of several awards, including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. His books include Reasons of State, The Great Indian Novel, Show Business and India: From Midnight to the Millennium (1997).In an exclusive interview Shashi Tharoor talks with Little India about life since his nomination as UN Secretary General.Q: How has your life changed since India nominated you for the post of the United Nations Secretary General?A: It has changed considerably. For one thing, I find myself doing a lot of traveling on the campaign trail, which makes it difficult for me to fulfill my daily work at the UN. From mid-July I have in fact decided to take leave for several weeks, both to concentrate on my campaign and to avoid any perception of a conflict of interest.Q: Do you think this nomination can clash with India’s aspirations for a permanent seat on the Security Council?A: No. The two issues are unrelated. Security Council hreform is a structural issue at the UN. Many countries believe that the Council hreflects the geopolitical realities of 1945, not 2006. Member states have been discussing hreform for over a decade, but have yet to agree on the shape of that hreform. I sometimes joke it’s like a bunch of doctors gathered around a patient who all agree on the diagnosis, but disagree on the prescription! Until there is agreement amongst two-thirds of the member states about a formula for council expansion, there won’t be a framework within which India can seek a permanent seat. That will take time, whereas the SG race will be settled one way or the other within a few months.Some point to the convention that permanent members of the Council cannot put forward candidates for SG, and suggest that disqualifies India. But that unwritten convention resides on the fundamental principle that no one country should have both the right to initiate action at the UN (through the SG) and stop action (through the veto). India is not currently a permanent member of the Security Council and should it obtain this status it has already agreed to forego the veto for 15 years, so this argument does not apply to India. The next SG is not going to have to face a veto-wielding India. So there is no obstacle to India pursuing both objectives. Certainly it shouldn’t have to deny itself the secretary generalship in the name of a security council seat it doesn’t actually have!Q: You have written extensively and are very respected as an author. Yet all your books have dealt with India. Can that be seen as a negative, affiliating you with India in people’s minds? A: I write about what moves me and that happens to be India. But my writing has never affected my work for the UN – in hrefugees, in peacekeeping, in the SG’s office, and now heading a key department. My writing is one way of responding to the world, my work is another. I’ve tried to keep the two apart: in my work I have never dealt with India, whereas in my writing I have dealt with nothing but India! At the same time both emerge from the same individual human being. My outlook and imagination have been shaped at least as much by my growing up in India as by my international working life. Q: On the other hand, you do bring the rare talents that define good journalists and writers – objectivity and observation. Do you think your ability to stand back as an observer and see the world for what it is and the objectivity that writers need to create an imaginary world will stand you in good stead?A: Yes, I hope so, but it will never be a bloodless objectivity. One must care; there must be engagement with the great issues of our time. I believe I do have the capacity to see both sides of every issue, to step back and see the larger picture, take the longer view. That is as essential in an impartial UN secretary general as in a writer. But so also is a passionate commitment to work for a better world. I hope that comes through too in my work as well as in my writing.Q: Do you think your high visibility in the international world of letters and close connections to Kofi Annan’s administration plus points or negatives?A: Plus points, I hope. I am not going to run away from who I am or the life I have led so far. I hope that my literary credentials will bring new sources of support to the UN. Not too many candidates for this kind of job have been endorsed by Mira Nair and Bernard-Henri Levy! As for closeness to Kofi Annan, I am proud of my association with one of the great secretary generals in the UN. But we are different people. I am my own man and I hope I will be allowed to make my own mistakes.Q: Would some feel that your commitment to writing would interfere with you giving your undivided attention to the needs of the top job at the UN? Or is writing like breathing, a natural must for you?A: It is, and yet I wonder how on earth I will find either the time or the space inside my head to do any personal writing. Already in my current job I find it difficult. I suspect that in the secretary generalship, it will be near impossible, because modern communications have truly made it a 24/7 job. Amazingly enough, Dag Hammarskjold wrote every day; in addition to his Markings, which was published posthumously, he translated many European poets into Swedish and was working on a translation when his plane crashed. He also wrote other articles I remember reading a piece he wrote for National Geographic after a visit to Nepal on behalf of the UN. Maybe it won’t be impossible to do the same, but those were different times.Q: Now that you have been nominated, what are the next steps?A: Persuading a majority of the members of the security council to support me and ensuring that none of the permanent members veto me. There’s a non-binding straw ballot due on July 24, after which candidates campaign and perhaps new ones emerge. The council will probably have several more ballots in September and October, following which they send one name to the General Assembly, which usually ratifies it without debate. Q: How has your family reacted to the nomination?A: A mixture of excitement and dread. My sons think it’s cool, but they are careful not to get engaged in this. They are independent adults now, entitled to their own views on world affairs, which are not necessarily mine. My sisters are following the press accounts avidly. My mother says she’d much rather I had a peaceful life. But those who had the most fun of all were undoubtedly my uncles, aunts, cousins and grandmother back in Kerala, where the media really made a huge fuss about my nomination and they were on TV every day for a week!Q: Are we going to lose Shashi Tharoor the writer if we gain Shashi Tharoor, UN Secretary General? Are you working on anything currently?A: It won’t be a permanent loss! One day I’m bound to be known as a former UN official, but I hope never to be known as a former writer. I did begin a novel three Christmases ago, which I haven’t touched since then. But perhaps the Security Council will vote unanimously to return me to the world of letters!Q: You have traveled all over the world on conflict resolution assignments. What has been the most heart-rending and which made you want to change the way the world operates?A: I don’t have a “favorite tragedy”. Every one of the situations I have seen or dealt with, whether it’s the Vietnamese hrefugees rescued at sea, the Ethiopians in Somalia, the Nicaraguans in Costa Rica, the suffering Bosnians, Croats, Kosovars and Serbs in the Balkans, every one has been heart-rending in its own way and deserving of the deepest human compassion.I doubt we will ever be able to end man’s inhumanity to man, but we can certainly improve the way the world operates in responding to such crises, so that we can end the suffering more swiftly, both by stanching the wounds and by healing the cause of the injury.Q: You have written extensively about Nehru and how your views have been shaped by him. How is your relationship with the Gandhi family? A: Cordial but not close. I was pleased to discover that Ms Sonia Gandhi had read my book on Nehru, but I did not interact with the family in writing it. I have made no secret of my criticism of Mrs Indira Gandhi, in particular over the Emergency. Q: Again, you have written critically about the Hindutva movement so how has your nomination played out with the BJP?A: My views have been on issues and values; they are not partisan positions. I have not criticized or supported any particular political party. I was therefore particularly gratified that all the major political parties in India have endorsed my candidature and that former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, as well as Leader of the Opposition L.K. Advani, received me personally to express their support. My candidacy has been seen in India as a national choice, not a partisan matter. And that is as it should be.Q: Finally, a wish list. What would be the changes you’d like to bring about if you become Secretary General?A: The challenges are enormous: the threats of the 21st century are what we sometimes like to call “problems without passports” – problems that cross all frontiers uninvited (climate change, drug trafficking, terrorism, epidemics, hrefugee movements and so on) – and whose solutions also can have no passports, because no one country or group of countries, however rich or powerful, can tackle them alone. My objective would be ensure that the UN is ready to tackle these problems effectively, and be ready for new and unpredictable ones – three years ago, who had even heard of the grave risk of avian flu?I will seek to ensure both continuity and change. And that means the UN must embrace sensible hreform…. And in the broader world, if there’s one thing I’d like to change, I wouldn’t say “abolish war,” because I don’t think that’s realistically possible. What I’d say instead is “educate girls.” It’s the one thing that can transform the world. Educate a boy and you educate a person; educate a girl and you educate a family, a community, a society. Educated girls become better-informed mothers and more empowered human beings; they are less vulnerable to AIDS and other diseases; they bring up educated children. That would be my crusade – to end female illiteracy. Related Itemslast_img read more

first_imgIndia opener Gautam Gambhir suffered a bruised elbow after being hit on the left arm by a full-blooded sweep off Matt Prior while fielding during England’s second innings of the fourth day of the first Test at the Lord’s on Sunday.Gambhir was fielding at short-leg when he was struck by the ball off the bowling of Harbhajan Singh in the 55th over of the England second innings. The opener was rushed to hospital for an X-ray examination, which revealed a bruise. This is the third casualty for India in the first four days of the Lord’s Test.Paceman Zaheer Khan pulled his hamstring on the first day after bowling just 13.3 overs in England first innings and picking two wickets. He did not take the field nor bowl a single over in England’s second innings.Sachin Tendulkar was also absent for the first two sessions on Sunday with a viral infection and he took the field only at the final session.Because of his long absence from the field, he will not be able to bat in his usual number four slot. He will bat at only number seven, that is after the fall of the fifth wicket.On Sunday, he batted with a running fever in India’s first innings and left the ground for team hotel soon after he was out for 34. It was learnt that he took antibiotics because of the viral infection.last_img read more

first_imgWhat’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? It’s very real after Liverpool beat City 3-1 on Sunday thanks to goals from Fabinho, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane at Anfield.“Other people 100% said already that from now on Liverpool can only lose it,” Klopp said. “Well that’s a very negative approach, but you can see it like this. We don’t care.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceOnly 12 games have been played, with another 26 to go in the pursuit of a first title since 1990 for the 18-time English champions.Klopp is not getting carried away despite Liverpool’s top spot. LIVERPOOL’S FAST STARTLiverpool netted twice in the opening 13 minutes.City had just been denied a penalty — when Trent Alexander-Arnold handled — when Liverpool launched a counterattack led by Mane.A cross into the penalty area was half-cleared to Fabinho who struck from distance past Claudio Bravo, who was filling in for the injured Ederson.City’s makeshift defense was breached again in the 13th minute, again from a rapid move down the left. When Andrew Robertson sent a cross into the penalty area, Salah got ahead of Fernandinho to head past Bravo.Any prospect of a comeback appeared to be extinguished six minutes into the second half when City was picked apart from another cross.Mane got on the end of Jordan Henderson’s delivery from the right, heading in at the back post.City’s only goal came in the 78th from Bernardo Silva’s low strike, but Guardiola wasn’t blaming his players.“Today we showed in the most difficult stadium right now in the world the reason why we are the champions,” Guardiola said. “One of the most proudest performances I’ve ever lived as a manager in my career in this stadium.”UNITED ENJOYS WIN Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Manchester United claimed only a second win in seven league games.Andreas Pereira put United ahead against Brighton in the 17th minute before Davy Propper scored an own-goal inside two minutes for 2-0. Rashford netted in the 66th just after Lewis Dunk had reduced the deficit as United rose to seventh in the standings.Marcus Rashford struck off the underside of the crossbar in the 66th to complete the 3-1 win.“It’s our best performance of the season,” United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said. “Exhilarating, entertaining and great to see the boys enjoy themselves.”LATE WINNERRuben Neves scored his first goal since August just before halftime for Wolves and Raul Jimenez rolled in his fifth of the campaign in the 84th minute.Trezeguet claimed Villa’s stoppage-time consolation.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:30PNP officials inspect Cubao bus terminals ahead of Undas02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? 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(AP Photo/Jon Super)LIVERPOOL, England — Even Jürgen Klopp cannot quite believe Liverpool’s lead over Manchester City this early in the season.“That’s crazy, nine points,” the Liverpool manager said. “You cannot imagine that something like this can happen.”ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Rice industry paralysis Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Cassius Winston plays after brother’s death, Spartans win easily Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics MOST READ “But it’s not important because who wants to be first in early November?” Klopp said. “You want to be first in May.”For the past two seasons that final position has been held by City. Now the two-time defending champions head into the international break down in fourth place.The side immediately above them is not so unexpected, even if Chelsea’s ability to reinforce the squad was hampered by a transfer ban. But it’s the presence of Leicester in second place, reviving memories of its incredible 5,000-1 shot title win in 2016, that is shaking up the league.It leaves the record 20-time champions far from sight of the Champions League places, even after Manchester United beat Brighton 3-1 on Sunday.United is nine points adrift of neighbor City in seventh place. Wolverhampton is only behind United on goal difference after beating Aston Villa 2-1 in a central England derby on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

first_imgThe Australian Open tennis tournament on Friday decided to cut controversial court-side advertisements for betting agencies.The decision comes in the wake of the 2016 Australian Open being heavily criticised for prominently displaying advertising for its betting partner just days after tennis was hit by its biggest ever match-fixing controversy, reports Xinhua.Tennis Australia (TA) President Steve Healy said the decision to cut the advertisements was made in response to public backlash in 2016 as well as the match-fixing scandal. (Latest Tennis stories)Healy said the advertising agency the tournament uses was on board with the decision despite a possible loss of sponsorship revenue.”We need to put it in perspective. The arrangements that were struck with (betting company) William Hill before this issue had such a high profile and so we’ve worked with our partners to address that,” Healy said.Healy said for the first time at the 2017 Australian Open, TA would employ two investigative officers to be on site and monitor suspicious betting activity.”There’ll be no matches specifically targeted,” Healy told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) on Friday.”It’ll just be random matches and from that then we’ll just be looking at the data.”He said TA was mostly unconcerned about the prospect of match-fixing at the Australian Open and that most occurrences of the practice came at smaller tournaments.”Our role is to make sure that all of our Australian players are educated, they understand the risks, the deceptions that take place that might leave them into something unseemly,” Healy said.advertisement”We made the decision to not just sit back and wait for the review (into this year’s scandals) but to take immediate action.”Healy said even the prize pool for the Australian Open, the largest ever for a Grand Slam tournament, might not be enough to staff off the temptation of match-fixing.”I think it’s not just a question of money,” he said.”People generally will do bad things, because they’re bad people. That’s the reality. So money is not the only solution.”last_img read more

first_imgTHESSALONIKI (AP) — A Thessaloniki prosecutor has ordered a judicial investigation after the gun-toting owner of PAOK Thessaloniki marched onto the field following a disputed goal in a Greek league match.The incident prompted condemnation from FIFA and an indefinite suspension of league play.The probe will also investigate why police allegedly ignored instructions to arrest Ivan Savvidis on the spot, issued by a prosecutor on duty at Sunday’s game against AEK Athens.Savvidis entered the field accompanied by bodyguards, apparently carrying a pistol in a waist holster. He made no visible move to use the weapon, for which he has a license.Fernando Varela had just scored in the 90th minute, putting PAOK ahead 1-0. The referee signaled a goal but then seemed to disallow it for offside. The match was abandoned.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgIndia batsman KL Rahul is “very respectful towards women” and it was sad to see him become a subject of nationwide criticism in the wake of his and Hardik Pandya’s sexist remarks on a chat chow, Kings XI Punjab co-owner and noted actor Preity Zinta said Friday.Both Rahul and Pandya were handed a provisional suspension for their controversial comments on ‘Koffee with Karan’, a show Zinta herself has appeared on. Their suspension was lifted but they still face a BCCI inquiry conducted by Ombudsman DK Jain.”It is so good to see Rahul back in form. He is a very very nice guy. What happened is in the past. I just feel the bad the way the whole thing turned out but you live and learn,” Zinta told PTI.”Actually, he is very sweet and respectful with women, so I don’t know the way it all came out. As I said, these are teachable moments.”His friend and teammate Pandya was trolled more for his loose talk on women but Rahul too has admitted that he had started to doubt himself as a person after the incident. He has put the controversy behind and is very much in the reckoning of a World Cup spot.As a co-owner and someone who is used to handling fame and money after spending decades in Hindi film industry, Zinta said she does share her experiences with the youngsters in the KXIP squad.”Yes, we do have those conversations, we have been there and done that. These are young guys and they will live and learn with time. Unless you make a mistake or falter, you will never learn,” she said.advertisementGayle is a true superstar: Preity ZintaAsked to name the most “fun guy” in the KXIP dressing room, Zinta picked veteran Chris Gayle.”My all time favourite is Chris Gayle. He is unbelievable. He is a true superstar, in terms of how he comes across, in terms of how he plays, he how he is with the youngsters, he is so humble, he is always on time, he is just unbelievable and he is so much fun at the same time.”KXIP want to win IPL 2019 for their fans: ZintaThe actor added that her team broke even long time ago and the ultimate goal is to win a maiden IPL title.”We broke even a long time ago. But yes, when I got into the IPL, I wanted to win the title, especially coming from Punjab, where people have the largest heart, we want to win for them, we owe it to our fans. I am really keeping my fingers crossed this time.”KXIP have begun well, winning three out of their four-game so far in the competition.Also Read | R Ashwin on return to Chepauk: Playing in front of Chennai crowd always specialAlso Read | James Anderson criticising Mandaking today, he might end up doing it tomorrow: R AshwinAlso See:last_img read more

first_imgIn a heartwarming gesture, Rohit Sharma gave away a signed hat to an Indian fan after his shot for six hit her during India’s win over Bangladesh in the World Cup 2019 at Edgbaston.Rohit became only the 2nd batsman after Kumar Sangakkara to hit 4 hundreds in a single World Cup and in the process became the leading run-scorer in this World Cup on Tuesday. He has amassed 544 runs in 8 matches of World Cup 2019.Rohit unfurled a flurry of strokes and played with a lot of freedom during his almost 2-hours-long vigil at the crease. En route his century, Rohit also hit 5 huge sixes to go along with 7 boundaries.On his way back from the stadium, Rohit posed with fans and checked on the girl who was hit by one of his shots in the stands.Rohit met her after the game and gave her a signed hat and posed for a few pictures with her.She got hit by a @ImRo45 maximum and the opener was kind enough to check on her and give her a signed hat.#CWC19 (@BCCI) July 2, 2019Rohit credited his successful run in the World Cup 2019 to his positive intent and ability to assess the conditions before playing his shots.Rohit also admitted that the pitch was good to bat and he was lucky to survive a catch out.Hitman @ImRo45 is our player of the Match for his outstanding century against Bangladesh #BANvIND #CWC19 (@BCCI) July 2, 2019″I had a great feeling right at the start. The pitch was good to bat on. Initially wanted to take some time and then assess where we go from there.”That’s how it has been for me at this World Cup. The first game against South Africa the conditions were challenging, so I had to take my time,” said Rohit Sharma in the post match ceremony.Also Read | Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma meet 87-year-old superfan after India reach semi-finalsAlso Read | Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya star as India beat Bangladesh to enter semi-finalsAlso Read | Rohit Sharma played chess with Bangladesh bowling attack, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | Rohit Sharma best one-day player in the world, says Virat Kohlilast_img read more

first_imgDoug Collins freaks out during Northwestern-Iowa overtime.Every parent has felt the way Doug Collins did this afternoon. Every parent isn’t a former NBA coach with a son who coaches a Big Ten men’s basketball team, though. Thankfully, Doug Collins is, so his awesome reactions were captured on camera by the Big Ten Network. Northwestern, coached by Chris Collins, defeated Iowa in overtime Sunday afternoon, 66-61, in Evanston, Ill. The thrilling contest produced a couple awesome moments of television featuring the senior Collins. This first one came with roughly 10 seconds remaining in the contest. Doug Collins was a fairly stressed out. The second one – the better of the two- came after Iowa hit a crazy 3-pointer to tie the game, 54-54, and force overtime.That just can’t be good for Doug Collins’ health. Here’s to Northwestern winning a little more comfortably when he attends another game.last_img read more

first_img Did Michigan QB Shea Patterson mean to tweet this from his burner account? 😂Patterson referred to himself in 3rd person and threw shots at both Ohio State QB Justin Fields and Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh in a tweet response to a fan in a now-deleted tweet.— College Football Quotes (@cfbquotes) July 7, 2019The tweet isn’t real, though. At least, we don’t believe it’s real.This account has made up quotes before as “jokes,” most notably a “quote” from Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal.The quote, a shot at Auburn, went viral on social media, with sites writing it up as bulletin board material. However, the account went on to admit that it was all made up:Things I learned today: Oregon fans cannot take a joke— College Football Quotes (@cfbquotes) July 2, 2019We believe that’s what is happening again with this “tweet” from Patterson. The account, College Football Quotes, is the only source for the tweet. Even if the tweet was quickly deleted, you would think someone else would’ve screen-shotted it. Patterson has more than 50,000 followers.The Patterson thing is fake. It is from a twitter account that outright states it’s making everything up in its bio. Hooray twitter.— mgoblog (@mgoblog) July 8, 2019So, you’ve been warned. If you see any viral quotes/graphics from the College Football Quotes account, think twice before sharing it. A closeup of Michigan QB Shea Patterson throwing a pass.ATLANTA, GEORGIA – DECEMBER 29: Shea Patterson #2 of the Michigan Wolverines looks pass against the Florida Gators in the first quarter during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)A “deleted tweet” from the account of Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson is going viral on social media, with fans of Ohio State eating up. Unfortunately, (or, for Patterson and Michigan fans, fortunately) the tweet is almost surely fake.The tweet was “discovered” by an account called College Football Quotes.A graphic was made up for the “tweet” and posted at 5:10 p.m. E.T.It’s been retweeted more than 1,000 times.last_img read more

first_img A Taco Bell Hotel? Yes, the Fast Food Chain is Opening a Resort. No, This is Not a Joke As if that wasn’t eye-watering enough, the resort recommends accompanying the taco with the world’s most expensive tequila, a $150,000 bottle of Ley. 925 Pasión Azteca Ultra Premium Añejo. (Talk about having the Taco Tuesday to end all Taco Tuesdays).The dish is currently on the menu at the resort’s Frida (named after artist Frida Kahlo) restaurant. It’s unknown if there have been any takers so far. The taco is a staple of Mexican food because it’s flavorful, requires little prep, and can be filled with just about anything. They’re also typically affordable morsels of excellence.A luxury resort in Mexico decided to take the taco tradition to the complete opposite end of the spectrum.The Grand Velas Los Cabos Resort is now home to a (the?) $25,000 taco thanks to the Executive Chef of the property – Chef Juan Licerio Alcala.This single taco starts with a gold-flecked corn tortilla, then is filled with Almas Belgua caviar, Kobe beef, black truffled brie, and langoustine lobster. The taco is completed with an over-the-top salsa featuring dried Morita chiles, Ley .925 tequila, and rare civet coffee, which is made with partially-digested coffee berries from wild civet cats. The entire concoction is then sprinkled with just a bit more gold flake for good measure. As far as we know, it’s the world’s most expensive taco. Editors’ Recommendations Talking Food Trucks and Fusion Cuisine with The Peached Tortilla’s Eric Silverstein center_img Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damnlast_img read more

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National News OTTAWA—The federal Indigenous Affairs department’s discriminatory attitude that First Nation children were ‘not worth the money’ led to Tuesday’s scathing Canadian Human Rights Tribunal indictment of Ottawa’s on-reserve child welfare programs, says Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nation Child and Family Caring Society.Blackstock, with the backing of the Assembly of First Nations, launched the initial human rights complaint against Ottawa in 2007 that led to Tuesday’s human rights tribunal ruling that ordered the federal government to launch a complete overhaul of on-reserve child welfare programs.“Why did we have to bring the government of Canada to court to get them to treat First Nation children fairly?” said Blackstock, during a press conference in Ottawa in response to the human rights tribunal’s ruling. “Why would it ever be okay to give a child less than other children? One of the non-Aboriginal children we worked with said, ‘discrimination is when the government doesn’t think you’re worth the money.’ So what would it be like if you weren’t worth the money? What would it be like if you were the parent of a child that wasn’t worth the money?”Blackstock, more than any other individual involved in the case, has paid a price for becoming the loudest voice calling for Ottawa to treat First Nation children the same as every other Canadian child.Blackstock faced documented retaliation from a senior official in the office of former Conservative Aboriginal affairs minister Chuck Strahl and she been under surveillance by Justice Canada and Indigenous Affairs officials as a result of her advocacy.The previous Stephen Harper federal government, while the current Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick was deputy minister for the then-named Aboriginal Affairs department, also battled Blackstock’s human rights complaint every step of the way.The federal government took the human rights case to the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal with the aim of having it thrown out. It lost at both levels.The federal government also failed to disclose 100,000 documents related to the case and was only caught because of an access to information request filed by Blackstock.As she spoke Tuesday, Blackstock was flanked by AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde, AFN Manitoba regional Chief Kevin Hart, AFN Ontario regional Chief Isadore Day, Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Vice Chief Kimberly Jonathan and her daughter, along with Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Grand Chief Sheila North-Wilson.Bellegarde said he would be leading regional AFN chiefs to a meeting this week with Finance Minister Bill Morneau to discuss the upcoming federal budget. Bellegarde said he would be pushing the minister to increase funding for child welfare.“We want to see strategic investments in those areas,” said Bellegarde.Earlier Tuesday, Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said the Liberal government would be putting more dollars on the table and overhauling the child welfare system.While Blackstock said she was pleased with the human rights tribunal’s ruling and the Justin Trudeau government’s promises, she said a lot of damage had already been done to children.Blackstock said an internal Indigenous Affairs Excel spreadsheet revealed that First Nation children in the child welfare system had spent 66 million nights, or 187,000 years of childhood, away from their parents between 1989 and 2012.“That just really struck my heart,” said Blackstock.During the press conference, Blackstock also told the story of two First Nation girls who fell victim to the jurisdictional battles over funding between Ottawa and the provinces that were supposed to be remedied under Jordan’s Principle, which was adopted by the House of Commons.The tribunal ruled that Ottawa must stop applying the principle–which is supposed to put the needs of the child ahead of jurisdictional funding squabbles–so narrowly.Blackstock recounted the story of one girl, aged 4, who suffered cardiac arrest and anoxic brain injury during a routine dental examination. The girl, whose case was mentioned by the tribunal in its ruling, needed special medical equipment, including a special stroller, bed and mattress to go home from the hospital.Health Canada refused to fund the equipment.“All she needs is some equipment to go home for Christmas and the government argued, between (Indigenous Affairs) and Health Canada for over a month. The Health Canada official writes, ‘absolutely not’ on the form. Absolutely not,” said Blackstock.An anonymous donation purchased the equipment for the girl.In another case mentioned by Blackstock, a nine-year-old girl was nearing the end of her life and wanted to go home. But she needed a special bed to prevent her from going into respiratory distress.“Instead of providing that, the government of Canada argued, with Health Canada again, over who should pay it,” said Blackstock. “It took over nine months for that little girl. All she wanted to do was breath and the government wouldn’t pay for it.”Blackstock said the usual excuses heard around Indian residential schools—that it happened in the past—couldn’t be used on this issue.“Well, this discrimination toward 163,000 kids is happening on your watch. Some people say it’s just, you can’t throw money at the problem, that is not going to make it grow better,” said Blackstock. “But throwing money at racial inequality for decades will solve the problem?”Blackstock said the Liberal government didn’t need to study the issue any more and it knows exactly what to do.“Children only get one childhood. They can’t wait for studies. They shouldn’t have to wait for studies. The government knows what to do for this generation of children, they just have to get down and do it and they know it from their own documents,” said Blackstock. “I pray we can finally use this as a nation to end racial discrimination that is happening in this country. This is our Mississippi.” read more

A mass grave unearthed in Sri Lanka has stirred memories of the country’s bloody insurgencies and sparked calls for an official inquiry in the island nation that has drawn global scrutiny for its chequered human rights record.At a building site near a hospital in Matale, a central town 142 km (88 miles) from the capital, Colombo, excavators have found the skeletons, or parts of the skeletons, of at least 59 people. “BURIED IN TIME”Sectioned off with yellow crime-scene tape, the 125 square-metre (1,350 square foot) site for a bio-gas plant where the bones were found is under 24-hour police guard. The judicial medical officer and police are overseeing the excavation.Residents of Matale, a hilly farming area, have their suspicions about who lies under their rust-coloured soil.“We believe this is from the 1989-era insurgency,” said one of the residents who gathered near the site to have a look. He was referring to the second phase of the JVP insurrection.“There was an army unit one kilometre away towards the town,” said the resident, who declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter.But other residents said the bodies could have been people killed in a landslide in the 1940s or a smallpox epidemic around the same time.Police spokesman Priyashantha Jayakody said it was too early to say.Unearthed skeletons not yet examined lay covered with white plastic sheets. Some bodies were buried individually while others were jumbled together, a hospital worker who has been at the site since the dig started on November 27 said.Human rights group Amnesty International called for a thorough investigation.“Other mass graves in Sri Lanka have uncovered the remains of victims of alleged enforced disappearances and exhumations have not always been carried out with the necessary care,” said Polly Truscott, the group’s deputy Asia-Pacific director.The JVP, which transformed itself from a rebel group into a political party, also called for an inquiry.“This incident should not be allowed to be buried in time and forgotten,” the JVP said in a statement. (Reuters) “We can’t exactly say when they have been buried. These could be missing people,” Jayasena said, using a euphemism for victims of political violence.“It is better if we can investigate this thoroughly. That is the most important question,” he said, referring to when they were buried. Ajith Jayasena, the judicial medical officer at the hospital adjacent to the site, is keeping an open mind. It is possible they died of natural causes many years ago but in a country rocked by two different insurgencies beginning in the early 1970s, the assumption many people are jumping to is that they are some of the forgotten victims of the violence in which more than 150,000 people were killed. In the late 1980s, the group launched a second phase of its insurrection. The security forces responded ruthlessly and many rebels or suspected rebels were killed or disappeared.The war against Tamil separatists begin in 1983 and was mostly fought in Tamil areas in the north and east. The insurgencies were suppressed by the government with both heavy loss of life and numerous accusations of rights abuses.The United Nations said in March in a report on disappearances, that, in all, more than 5,600 people were unaccounted for in Sri Lanka. Marxist rebels of the Janatha Vimukthi Peremuna (JVP), or People’s Liberation Front, launched an insurrection in 1971. The rag-tag rebels seized some parts of the island before being crushed. Politicians and officials have called for an investigation by a government under pressure from the United Nations to address human rights problems and the deaths of thousands of civilians during the final months of a three-decade war with ethnic Tamil rebels in 2009.The government has been widely condemned by human rights organisations for failing to properly investigate alleged war crimes. It rejects all accusations of rights violations.But there are also questions about much earlier troubles. read more

Ontario’s police watchdog is investigating after a man was seriously injured in an altercation with Niagara Regional Police.According to the Special Investigations Unit, officers were called to a home in the area of Manchester Ave. and Whitmore St. in St. Catharines Wednesday morning.Officers located a 34-year-old man inside and there was some sort of interaction with police.He was taken into custody and then taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a serious injury.Two investigators have been assigned to the case.The SIU investigates incidents involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. read more

In a statement to the press following closed-door consultations, Council President Alfonso Valdivieso of Colombia said that the fighting in Afghanistan “has led to human rights abuses, permitted terrorists to find a safe haven and created one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.” He added that Council members expressed concern about the possible impact of the conflict on regional peace and security.Pointing out that a comprehensive approach to Afghanistan could help end the conflict, promote peace and address the concerns of the international community, Council members “again called on the parties, in particular the Taliban, to resume negotiations for a peaceful resolution of the conflict and towards creating a broad-based, representative and accountable government.” According to Ambassador Valdivieso, the members “deplored the continued human rights abuses, in particular the discrimination against women and girls, including access to education and employment, the closure of the UN Special Mission in Afghanistan offices in the provinces, and restrictions on the delivery of humanitarian aid, especially the recent arrest of Afghan and foreign humanitarian personnel, and called on the Taliban to ensure the safe and unhindered access of relief personnel and aid to all those in need.” At the same time, Council members said the steps taken by the Taliban to implement a poppy ban “should help counter-narcotics efforts.”The statement also condemned the Taliban’s continual support for international terrorism, refusal to turn over Usama bin Laden, and failure to comply with Security Council resolutions. It reiterated that “a comprehensive approach to Afghanistan must include full compliance with these decisions.”Members of the Council called on the donor community to extend further assistance to the people of Afghanistan and to respond to the UN’s consolidated appeal for the country. They also expressed their strong backing for the UN’s “central role” in helping bring peace to Afghanistan, and encouraged Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Personal Representative, Francesc Vendrell, to continue his efforts towards that end.During their consultations, Council members considered the Secretary-General’s latest report on Afghanistan and were briefed by Assistant Secretary-General Danilo Turk on the situation in the country. read more

by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 27, 2017 5:49 am MDT Last Updated Jun 27, 2017 at 6:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canopy Growth reports $21.1 million Q4 net loss as expenses rise sharply SMITHS FALLS, Ont. – Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED) saw its fourth-quarter net loss quadruple to $21.1 million as expenses rose sharply.The medical marijuana producer’s net loss was equal to 14 cents per share, up from five cents per share in the fourth quarter of its 2016 financial year.Its expense items included $5.4 million of acquisition-related costs, which weren’t a factor last year, due to its purchase of Mettrum Health Corp.Meanwhile, share-based compensation expenses before acquisitions rose to $4.7 million from $1 million.Revenue during the three months ended March 31 rose to $14.7 million, including two months of contributions from Mettrum, up from $5 million a year earlier. read more

“Another storm would be an additional blow for the people of Mozambique and further complicate the response in all areas.”Confirming that the agency is “closely” watching the approaching weather system in the north and helping provincial authorities to prepare for the worst, Mr. Verhoosel explained that a joint WFP/ International Organization for Migration (IOM) assessment team, is already in place.WFP has an office in the coastal town of Pemba – where the cyclone is expected to make landfall – and it also has some 300 metric tons of food aid in the northern coastal towns of Palma and Mocimboa da Praia, where humanitarian partners have been advised “to prepare the warehouses to protect the food and to weather the storm”, Mr. Verhoosel explained.‘More than a million’ people still struggling after Idai devastationHundreds of kilometres away to the south, where Cyclone Idai made landfall six weeks ago causing massive devastation, a major aid operation is still ongoing.“More than a million people (are) struggling to get back on their feet,” although floodwaters have receded in most areas, Mr. Verhoosel said.In another development of serious concern, sex-for-aid allegations relating to food distribution for Idai victims in Nhamatanda district, Sofala province, have been strongly condemned by WFP.Reacting to “shocking” allegations that emerged over the weekend of sexual exploitation and abuse relating to food distribution, the WFP spokesperson insisted that “no staff from WFP, or any UN agency or implementing partner” was involved.“Upon learning of the allegations, which concerned demands for sex in exchange for food, WFP launched an immediate inquiry, interviewing women who said they had suffered abuse,” he said.“Staff members heard of several cases of women and girls being asked for sex in exchange for food by community volunteers running food distributions.” “We are expecting that heavy rain will provoke flash floods and landslides impacting the north-eastern provinces of Cabo Delgado and Nampula,” Word Food Programme (WFP)  spokesperson Herve Verhoosel said.#CycloneKenneth is extremely dangerous. It is forecast at Cat 4 equivalent on landfall Thurs in northern #Mozamibique (near #Tanzania) in an area which has seen NO tropical cyclone since start of satellite era, per WMO regional centre @meteofrance La Reunion. #Metop sat image.— WMO | OMM (@WMO) April 25, 2019 Stronger protection measures for vulnerableIn a bid to stamp out any sexual exploitation and abuse in the recovery effort, WFP intends to meet Government representatives to put in place “strengthened” protection measures for the most vulnerable, Mr. Verhoosel said.Those affected by the alleged abuse will also receive additional support from UN agencies, the Government and NGOs, while partners in Mozambique are also receiving training to inform communities – before aid is distributed – that any person subjected to sexual exploitation and abuse should seek support from Government partners.“WFP does not tolerate sexual harassment, exploitation or abuse (SEA) in any form. It is especially shocking if committed against those we serve and in the communities we serve,” Mr. Verhoosel said. “Zero tolerance means that a culture of impunity and complacency toward sexual exploitation and abuse is not accepted.” read more

The Buckeyes take the field prior to the game against Rutgers in High Point Solutions Stadium on Sep. 30. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State moved up one spot to No. 10 in Week 6 of the Associated Press Top 25 Poll, following Saturday night’s 56-0 road win at Rutgers.The Buckeyes are one of four Big Ten teams in the top 25, all of which are ranked in the top 10. Penn State remained at No. 4 after dispatching Indiana at home, 45-14. Wisconsin is slotted at No. 9 following a 33-24 home win against Northwestern. Michigan moved up to No. 7 coming off its bye week.Georgia replaced USC at No. 5 after the Trojans lost at then-No. 16 Washington State. No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Oklahoma round out the top five.The Buckeyes play Maryland (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten) Saturday at Ohio Stadium in Columbus 4 p.m on FOX.AP Top 25Alabama (44) Clemson (17) Oklahoma Penn State Georgia Washington Michigan TCU Wisconsin Ohio State Washington State Auburn Miami (FL) USC Oklahoma State Virginia Tech Louisville South Florida San Diego State Utah Notre Dame Florida West Virginia North Carolina State UCF read more

A mother of three is in a serious condition at the Georgetown Public Hospital after she was brutally chopped on Sunday evening by the father of her children at Quamina Road, Beterverwagting, East Coast Demerara. One of the hands of the woman whose name was only given as Alana was severed while her body also sustained several chops wounds.Based on reports, the woman and the suspect, Warren Dennis, a cane cutter were separated for quite sometime but although she is living home with someone else, she would normally visit his home.One of such regular visits was on Sunday evening. During the visit, the couple were engaged in a heated argument during which screams were heard emanating from the man’s house.As persons in the area rushed to the house, Dennis made good his escape in a nearby cane field carrying a cutlass in his hands. The woman was found lying in a pool of blood with one of her hands close by.She was picked up and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where she was admitted in a serious state. Persons in the area were heard murmuring that the suspect had threatened to kill the woman on several occasions. At one time, he had already tied a rope in his house and attempted to hang her.The situation got worst when she moved out of the house to live with someone else but although she is aware of the man’s temperament, she would visit his house and assist with his chores.It is not clear what started the argument on Sunday evening but the two were seen very cozy prior to the chopping incident.The police have launched a manhunt for the suspect. Earlier in the year, a Beterverwagting man had set his house on fire killing his reputed wife and his 3-year-old daughter. He also perished in that fire. (Bhisham Mohamed) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSuspect who allegedly chopped baby likely for court today…as child remains in critical conditionFebruary 16, 2016In “latest news”Woman chopped, arm almost severed by jilted ex-husbandAugust 1, 2016In “latest news”Essequibo mechanic chops wife, then attempts suicideApril 19, 2017In “Crime” read more