first_imgDelhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said that Aam Aadmi Party was the first political party in the history of independent India to hold a public meeting on the twin issues of schools and hospitals, adding that no outfit had ever raised these issues from a political platform over the past seven decades.Addressing the gathering at Gaushala Ground here, Mr. Kejriwal said the political parties hold “Hunkar rally”, “Parivartan Rally” and “Vikas Rally”, but AAP was the first party to hold “School-Hospital Rally”, adding that the people sitting in the sun for several hours showed that they wanted change in Haryana, having tried and been duped by all other political parties.He said the private schools in Haryana were charging exorbitant fee and similar was the situation in Delhi when he took over as Chief Minister, but he did not allow these institutions to increase the fee over the past three years. “We conducted the audit of the private schools in Delhi and made them return the overcharged fee for the past ten years. The families were pleasantly surprised to receive the cheques a decade after their wards had passed out,” said Mr. Kejriwal, adding that his party would improve the condition of the schools in Haryana as well in the event of coming to power.Mr. Kejiriwal also touched upon the issue of government hospitals and Mohalla Clinics in Delhi and invited the people of Haryana to come over and see the change for themselves. “We are offering all kinds of treatment in government hospitals free of cost for the rich and the poor,” he said, adding that “the chest of Delhiites had swelled with pride” and sought to know as to why the current Bharatiya Janata Party government and the previous governments of Congress and the Indian National Lok Dal had failed to bring about this change. “All parties previously indulged in corruption,” he alleged.Saying that his government gave ₹1 crore each to the martyrs, Mr. Kejriwal, in a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his “56-inch chest” remark, said he had not kept his promise before the 2104 general elections “to bring heads of ten Pakistani soldiers for every head of Indian soldier cut by them”.The Chief Minister also raised the issue of recent chilli powder attack on him and alleged that it seemed to be a conspiracy by the Union government responsible for his security. “I have been attacked four times in two years. It never happened to any Chief Minister. Since my security is the responsibility of the Union government, I sometimes feel as if they are behind this,” said Mr. Kejriwal.last_img read more

first_imgAssam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday instructed DGP Kuladhar Saikia to ensure prompt and stern action against the miscreants who assaulted two journalists 540 km apart on Thursday night.Miscreants wielding sharp weapons attacked Rajen Deka, a correspondent of Assamese daily Dainik Asom in western Assam’s Mukalmua, while a group of inebriated youth assaulted News18 TV reporter Upasana Barua Goswami along with her husband at an eatery in Tinsukia.A bleeding Mr. Deka was admitted to the Guwahati Medical College Hospital where his condition is said to be stable.One of Mr. Deka’s neighbours, who is absconding, is suspected to have orchestrated the attack over his Lok Sabha election-related reporting. In the Tinsukia case, the youth assaulted Ms. Goswami and her husband after they asked them not to be boisterous and disturb others in the restaurant. The police in Tinsukia said they have arrested the four people in the case.Condemning the attacks, the National Union of Journalists India and Journalists’ Association of Assam expressed serious concern over the rise of crime against media persons in the State and demanded the introduction of the Journalist Protection Act.last_img read more

first_imgFlags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Read Next Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Representatives of each sport for the SEA Games come up on stage. Photo by Bong Lozada/INQUIRERKUALA LUMPUR — The Philippines’ modest goal of scoring 50 gold medals begins Tuesday when its athletes in netball, water polo and football go into action in different venues here.A few sports have already started although the formal opening will be on Saturday at Bukit Jalil National Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Netball will join the fray at 3 p.m., facing Thailand. Filipino athletes who have arrived were also briefed by the Philippine delegation secretariat that was set up in a function room in plush Sunway Putra Hotel in the downtown.They will be given local sim cards and a WhatsApp account has been set up to facilitate communication among 800 athletes and officials here.The PH water polo team will take on fearsome Thailand at 11 a.m., at National Aquatics Center, serving as the opening salvo for the delegation.The team is hoping to gain as many wins as possible after having undergone training camp in Barcelona. It’s best finish was silver during the 2009 Laos Games.Men’s and women’s football will open their respective bids both at 8:45 p.m., fighting Cambodia and Malaysia, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Much of the 490-strong Philippine contingent have yet to arrive but already, Philippines secretariat, led by chief of mission Cynthia Carrion, has already been set-up to help them settle in.Malaysia, which is hosting the biennial meet for the fourth time, is gunning for the overall championship with an 111-gold medal target. It’s the same number of mints it won when it ruled the 2001 edition.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutOrganizers here have put premium on security as some 8,000 personnel from the country’s police and military are called on to provide safety to a projected 20,000 athletes and officials who will gather here.“There are enough police personnel to monitor the traffic as well as security situation at all the venues,” said Malaysia’s Youth and Sports Minister YB Brig. gen. Khairy Jamaluddin in a press statement. Seeking more golds, Cojuangco balances archery and family View commentslast_img read more

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “For the first time in three years, it was a first that aside from the losing team which you expect the complaint from, there are some sectors who checked what happened. So of course, I cannot be insensitive to the public cause at the end of the day, they are the audience. We have to address the outcry,” he said.Saguisag has suspended the three referees Enan Alejo, Ian Borbe, and Mollie de Luna, who officiated the game for the duration of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.“It was our decision. I used the word suspension, but to be clear, suspension can be a form of penalty or a preventive measure. In this case, since our findings are still provisional, so that we can avoid any conflicts, we’ll take the three of them out of the referees pool and they get to have a chance to clear their name if warranted,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT “At the moment, again without prejudice to further findings, I don’t think offhand that the mistakes at all were that blatant to warrant a reversal or a replay,” he said in an interview with Sports Desk.READ: UAAP suspends referees in La Salle-Adamson Final Four clashFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“If it involves judgment calls, that’s not a criteria for protest. They should be technical in nature, like misappreciation of the rules, misapplication of the mechanics. But if it’s judgment calls, it’s a different story. That would not warrant a reversal or a replay.”Saguisag shared that though his office has received complaints before, this was the first time that the losing team wasn’t the first to raise the issue. Read Next Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:16Duque: It’s up to Palace to decide on Dengvaxia’s fate00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ View comments LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Knicks hand Clippers ninth straight loss Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netUAAP commissioner Rebo Saguisag said there will be no replay of the controversial Final Four duel between De La Salle and Adamson at this point.As it stands, the result remains with the Green Archers taking an 82-75 win over the Soaring Falcons.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisementUnai Emery’s men have edged past Sporting CP with the goal of Danny Welbeck at the 77th minute of the match in the second half. It was a nervy contest through out the 90 minutes as both the sides tried to outclass each other. But at the end of the day, the Gunners did their job in style. Now, Arsenal are at the top of the table in their Group in the Europa League with 9 points from their 3 matches so far in this competition. The Gunners will now surely try to finish at the top of the table and their job could be done if they can beat Sporting CP in the next match also at the Emirates.Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil and Alex Iwobi were given rest against Sporting CP considering the tough fixtures coming ahead. The Gunners created a lot of opportunities but they failed to break the deadlock in the first half of the match. Danny Welbeck scored a well deserved goal for the Gunners at the 77th minute of the match. Sporting CP tried to make a comeback in the match after the Goal but the defensive unit of the Gunners were able to see off the attacking threats of the Portuguese side.This win will surely work as the morale boost up for the Gunners. It was their 11th consecutive win under the management of Unai Emery. The Spanish manager will surely be proud of the performance of his boys. The Gunners will face Crystal Palace next in this weekend in the Premier League.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgThe WWE Universe turned out in huge numbers to witness the likes of Triple H and Jinder Mahal hit out at each other in WWE’s Supershow at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi on Saturday.However, it was ‘The Big Dog’, who was the crowds’ favourite.The crowd was at full voice as they cheered the likes of Finn Balor,  Sasha Banks and Jason Jordan.People, whoever you ask, turned out to watch their ‘Modern Day Maharaja’ Jinder Mahal beat Triple H but the likes of Balor, Banks and Jordan got equal applause from the crowd.Following the first four matches, Varun Dhawan was called to announce a match. He first asked the crowd to do Daniel Bryan’s ‘Yes chant’ which was followed by Stone Cold’s ‘Hell Yeah!’But then he announced that now it’s going to be a six-man tag match. Sensing that it’s time for The Shield now, the crowd went berserk.However, it was Joe who walked in first and was greeted with chants of ‘Joe Joe Joe’. His partners had no luck however, as the Celtic Warrior and Swiss Superman were booed right away.Then came the moment.The music hit and everyone started the Shield chants. They walked in and a little cat and mouse game between Rollins and Cesaro continued…on who gets the loudest cheer. Everytime Rollins won the contest before Cesaro decided to stop it.As the match resumed, Delhi people became impatient as they wanted to see Roman Reigns in action.advertisementAnd finally he came when Rollins somehow managed to tag in the Samoan.He hit a Superman Punch and then that was followed by the Sheild bomb to Cesaro and pinned him to get the victory.Earlier in the day, Finn Balor defeated Bray Wyatt, Jeet Rama and Kishan Rafter won over The Miztourage, Alexa Bliss beat Sasha Banks and Jason Jordon defeated Elias.last_img read more

first_imgDelhi Capitals need to be wary of another batting collapse vs Chennai Super KingsIPL 2019: Delhi Capitals have been sensational in the 2019 Indian Premier League but they need to guard against a batting collapse when they take on Chennai Super Kings in Qualifier 2 in Vizag on Friday.advertisement Ajay Tiwari New DelhiMay 9, 2019UPDATED: May 9, 2019 19:40 IST DC have been plagued with batting collapses in IPL 2019 (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSDelhi Capitals have been haunted by some batting collapses in the 2019 Indian Premier LeagueDC were cruising along against Kings XI Punjab but crashed to defeat after a dramatic collapseIn the Eliminator vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, DC survived a scare after fireworks from Shaw and PantDelhi Capitals (DC) made history on Wednesday when they won their maiden playoff match in the Indian Premier League by beating Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the Eliminator. They will now face 3-time winners and defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Qualifier 2 on May 10. While many have attributed Delhi’s success to their long-time investment in younger players, when you look closely, one can’t help but notice that Delhi’s outstanding season has been marred by a number of batting collapses.During the Eliminator against SRH, at the start of the 19th over with just 12 needed with 5 wickets in hand, DC lost 3 wickets for just 10 runs thereby turning the match into a last-over thriller. It was a miracle that Delhi still went on to win that match and it’s been the case with many other matches this season.Delhi have now had 8 collapses – instances of a team losing 3 or more wickets for less than 15 runs – in IPL 2019. That’s way too many collapses for a single team, let alone a single season.4/15 vs Kolkata Knight Riders, DelhiHelped by Prithvi Shaw’s scintillating half-century, DC were coasting along nicely at 170/2 in the 18th over chasing 186. But when Kuldeep Yadav returned to take the wicket of Rishabh Pant, a procession of the Delhi batsmen started which only came to halt as we were witness to the 1st Super Over of the season. Though Delhi managed to scrape through, thanks to Kagiso Rabada’s heroics with the ball, the ending seemed a sign of things to come for DC as they tried to turn their fortunes around.advertisement7/8 vs Kings XI Punjab, MohaliAll of Delhi’s worst fears from their Eden scare came to life as they disintegrated from 144/3 to 152-all out in one of the most stunning collapses in recent memory. It didn’t help Delhi’s cause that KXIP all-rounder Sam Curran blew away DC’s tail with 4 wickets in 5 balls including a hat-trick to seal Delhi’s fate – a loss by 14 runs.4/7 vs Chennai Super Kings, DelhiAt 120/2 in the 16th over, Delhi were looking set to post a 160-170 total. But Dwayne Bravo’s 3 quick wickets prompted the hosts to their first collapse of the season wherein they lost 4 wickets while adding just 7 runs. In the end, DC finished with 147/6 – a below-par total – that was easily chased by MS Dhoni and Co.5/27 and 4/18 vs Mumbai Indians, DelhiAs if one collapse per match was not enough, against MI in Delhi, DC showed that they can go even one step further. While DC had prevailed in the 1st clash between two teams in Mumbai, MI exacted sweet revenge when their engine room – Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah – choked the DC chase in a matter of a few balls. First Deepak Chahar and Krunal Pandya combined to send the entire top-order tumbling from 49/0 to 76/5 and then Bumrah and Malinga triggered another collapse which led Delhi from 107/5 to 125/9, effectively ending DC’s agony.9/47, 6/18 vs Chennai Super Kings, ChennaiA collapse in every other match? Check. Two collapses in a single match? Check. Could Delhi still top this? Yes. By collapsing against CSK ‘again’ but this time ‘multiple times’. Inarguably, in their most comprehensive defeat in IPL 2019, DC couldn’t even cross 100 and were shot out for 99 while being 52/1 in the 6th over chasing 180. On a pitch assisting spinners, CSK’s Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh and Ravindra Jadeja spun a web around the free-flowing DC batting as they fell like dominos, one after the other.Other (dis)honourable mentions:- 3/2 vs Royal Challengers, Bangalore- 3/8 vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, Hyderabad- 3/10 vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, EliminatorThe biggest worry for DC when you look at the numbers above is that 2 of their worst collapses in IPL 2019 have come up against Dhoni’s CSK – the same side they are up against in the 2nd Qualifier. If DC batsmen continue in their merry ways, the joy from winning their 1st IPL knock-out match could be quite shortlived.Possibly, the youthful exuberance that Delhi boast of has a flip side too and it is the same side that has been on display during such collapses. The DC top-order comprising of Shaw, Pant, Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer has been amongst the runs this season with an astonishing 1751 runs between them in IPL 2019. But what they have in abundance – innovation and intent – has also at times proved to be the problem.All the four batsmen have been found getting dismissed attempting a rash shot or two on different occasions of the tournament. While Pant has copped a fair amount of criticism for his inability to finish games, the others have not been found to be particularly intent on playing the long innings as well.advertisementTo be fair to DC, they do seem to be learning from their mistakes though. The way Pant has tried to shepherd the innings after his initial failures has been a welcome sight. Prithvi Shaw who missed out on his maiden IPL ton earlier this season needs to come up with more such performances. The likes of Colin Ingram, Colin Munro and Shreyas Iyer have also scored when mattered but against a side like CSK, they all need to be at the top of their game. Because, going by the experience that CSK have, they wouldn’t miss a single chance to exploit Delhi’s biggest weakness this season – finding ways to collapse.Also Read | IPL 2019: Under-21 players rise up to the occasion in DC vs SRH EliminatorAlso Read | Rishabh Pant always opens up the game for us: Prithvi Shaw after DC win EliminatorFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Delhi CapitalsFollow Chennai Super Kingslast_img read more

first_imgStory Highlights Jamaica has been selected by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to host the Intellectual Property and Creative Industry conference in mid-November, at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus.Biennially, various countries bid to become the host country of the conference and this year, the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO) bid was deemed successful.“Jamaica is highly regarded by WIPO as they see the potential here and the work by JIPO,” Copyright and Related Rights Manager at JIPO, Marissa Longsworth, told JIS News.She added that Jamaica has been pushing for its national laws and policies regarding intellectual property, to be developed in order to enhance its business environment.In terms of attendance at the upcoming conference, Ms. Longsworth outlined that Latin American nations, all the English and Spanish speaking Caribbean countries as well as Haiti are expected to participate.“It will definitely benefit us (Jamaica) to have such a collection of experts and knowledgeable persons who can contribute ideas and concepts that can create the environment necessary for a successful creative industry and IP usage, especially with the birth of animation in Jamaica,” she said.WIPO, she noted, will provide the speakers, experts and sponsor some of the delegates from the various IP organizations in the Caribbean, which will attend the conference.The conference, which will last for three days, will facilitate discussions and sessions on various IP-related issues, including Valuation and Collateralization of Intellectual Property, Choreography & Intellectual Property and Benefits of IP.Jamaica will also host the Ministerial Conference in November 2014, with representatives from the various WIPO nations converging to discuss pertinent IP issues. The conference will facilitate discussions and sessions on various IP-related issues Jamaica has been selected to host the Intellectual Property and Creative Industry conference in mid-November Jamaica has been pushing for its national laws and policies regarding intellectual property to be developedlast_img read more

first_imgzoom UK’s ship owner and operator Union Maritime (UML) has secured a deal with Pacific Green Technologies Marine (PGTM) to pay for an emissions control system through the cost savings it delivers.The arrangement involves PGTM fitting the ENVI-MarineTM emissions control system (scrubber), worth USD 1.9 million, free of charge to Union Maritime’s 13,000 dwt chemical tanker Westminster in the first quarter of 2017.The system will be fitted to the vessel’s main engine where it will remove sulphur dioxide from the exhaust gas emissions to a level that meets the Sulphur Emissions Control Areas (SECAs) requirements.UML expects that the system will enable the tanker to continue burning the lower cost heavy fuel oil instead of switching to the higher cost low Sulphur fuel, to generate savings of around USD 2,700 each day when operating in SECA.Under the agreement, UML said it would operate the vessel for a minimum of 145 days each year in SECA for the duration of the deal, thereby generating this daily saving.The company will then pay the full cost savings that the system generates to PGTM until PGTM has received a total of USD 1.9 million.UML has agreed to purchase up to a further ten systems from PGTM.last_img read more

first_imgzoom German ship management company MST Mineralien Schiffahrt Spedition Und Transport (MST) and corporate vessel owner Reederei MS Marguerita GmbH & Co. Geschlossene Investment KG (Reederei) have been indicted for falsifying pollution records.According to the United States Department of Justice (DoJ), the charges stem from the falsification of records in 2016 and 2017 designed to cover up overboard discharges of oily mixtures and machinery space bilge water from the Liberian-flagged cargo vessel, M/V Marguerita.As stipulated in the nine-count indictment returned on August 22 to a federal grand jury in Portland, Maine, the vessel’s management company, MST, and the vessel’s owner, Reederei, are charged with failing to maintain an accurate oil record book as required by the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships.“On at least eight occasions between September 2016 and June 2016, the M/V Marguerita entered United States waters and ports with a false and misleading Oil Record Book available for inspection by the U.S. Coast Guard. The Oil Record Book failed to accurately record transfers and discharges of oily wastewater on the vessel,” the DoJ said.The companies were also charged with falsification of records with “the intent to impede, obstruct, or influence inspections and examinations” of the M/V Marguerita by the USCG.MST specializes in ocean transport of bulk cargo and its fleet comprises bulk carriers and multipurpose vessels.M/V Marguerita is a single decker bulk carrier, built in 2016, and features 27,674 mt in DWT.World Maritime News is yet to receive a statement on the matter from MST.last_img read more

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Port of Tilbury/GRAHAM The construction of the Port of Tilbury’s new multimillion pound port terminal, Tilbury2, will begin immediately after the UK-based company GRAHAM was appointed to carry out the work.In late February 2019, the port received development consent from the Secretary of State for Transport to build the new port.The project will involve the creation of a new port terminal and associated facilities on land at the former Tilbury Power Station on the north bank of the River Thames at Tilbury.When operational in spring 2020, Tilbury2 will be the UK’s largest unaccompanied freight ferry port and the country’s biggest construction processing hub.GRAHAM has been awarded the contract for both the Terrestrial and the Marine Package. The Terrestrial contract incorporates a roll-on/roll-off (RoRo), highway works, the relocation of the existing railhead, and a fixed structural steel bridge to the linkspan. The Marine contract includes works within the tidal estuary beyond the existing sea wall/flood defences, including a floating pontoon, link-span/articulated bridge, associated pilings and river bed preparation for the berth.“Tilbury2 is a significant project for our business and our customers… There is a great deal to do over the next 12 months and we look forward to opening our new port in 2020,” Charles Hammond, Chief Executive of Forth Ports Group (owners of the Port of Tilbury) said. “The Tilbury2 project is a complex scheme that will facilitate the expansion of the Port of Tilbury and support its continued local, regional and national economic growth. We look forward to working collaboratively with The Port of Tilbury and local stakeholders to deliver this transformational scheme,” Michael Graham, GRAHAM Executive Chairman, commented.Tilbury2 is central to the Port of Tilbury’s GBP 1 billion (USD 1.3 billion) investment program during 2012-20.last_img read more

first_imgLACOLLE, Que. – Almost 7,000 asylum seekers have been intercepted at the Quebec-U.S. border in the last six weeks, authorities said Thursday.The RCMP’s Claude Castonguay said the force intercepted more than 3,800 people between Aug. 1 and 15, while the nearly 3,000 in July were almost quadruple the 781 from June.“They’re unprecedented, we’ve never seen those numbers,” Castonguay told a media briefing in Lacolle, a Quebec border town at the forefront of the influx of people filing into Canada from the United States.“Even though our officers are patrolling 24 hours a day, all year long, we’ve never seen such numbers coming in.”Castonguay said an average of between 200 and 250 people have been crossing each day, compared with about 500 at one point.The vast majority of asylum seekers — between 80 and 85 per cent — are Haitians.In the United States, the Trump administration is considering ending a program that granted Haitians so-called “temporary protected status” following the massive earthquake that struck in 2010.Groups that work with migrants say those spilling across the border are fearful of being returned to an uncertain future in Haiti as early as next January.Many of those people are being lured to Canada with false information about what awaits, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada spokesman Louis Dumas told the briefing in Lacolle.He noted that about 50 per cent of Haitians who sought refugee status in Canada last year were refused.“Coming to Canada, asking for asylum in Canada is not a guarantee for permanent residency in Canada,” Dumas said.“If people in the States, in certain communities, would like to Canada and become permanent residents, it’s very important they do so through the regular channels.”That said, Dumas said those asylum seekers are permitted due process and there is a robust system in place to deal with them.He noted Canada selects about 300,000 immigrants yearly to come to Canada as permanent residents.“We are an open and welcoming country,” Dumas said.At a later news conference in the same area, federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced a 300-room temporary shelter will be set up in Cornwall, Ont., while about 20 other immigration officers will be added in Montreal to help cope with the crush.“It’s important Canadians know that this is a situation that, yes, is out of the ordinary, but is very much under control,” Garneau said.The minister also announced that Canadian consulates in the United States will continue to work to ensure that those who want to seek asylum in Canada know the rules in place.“Unless you are being persecuted or are fleeing terror or war, you would not qualify as a refugee and it’s important to combat that misinformation that is out there,” he said.“Imagine if you’re a family coming to Canada thinking you just have to come, and you are (then) told you do not qualify, it is a very difficult human drama to live.”last_img read more

first_imgPopular face of music reality shows, Shilpa Surroch left the audience intimidated with her latest song in the movie Paharganj. The singer, who is often called as ‘Shakira of India’, has lent her voice to movies like Game Over, Mirror Game, Murari the Mad Gentleman besides Vikram Bhatt’s webseries ‘Twisted’ and ‘Hadh’. One song you wish you had sung? Lag Ja Gale A music composer you want to work with? Vishal Mishra, I think his melodies have an eternal vibe to them. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaYour favorite genre of music? I have an inclination towards Jazz and Ghazals Your best work till date? I am lucky, I got to sing ‘Sona Nahi’ – an Original composed and written by Hindi rock band ‘Daira’. An actor you want to give your voice to? Kangana Ranaut. A veteran singer you take inspiration from? Kishore Kumar Ji – He was a self taught and a talent extraordinaire. Lowest point in your career/life? The thing about lowest point is, you have so much to learn from it, that it is unfair to call them the lowest. Having said that, I had very difficult years while growing up, since I was figuring my passion for Music, and the fact that I wasn’t able to peruse it in a proper way was tough. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod KhannaBest compliment you have received? Once Arijit Singh and I were recording in the same studio. He over heard my voice while I was recording and came to compliment me. He said “You have a very good and unique voice” Three things you can’t live without? Apart from the basic, Roti, Kapda, Makaan… I think, I can survive, without the materialistic things. One thing you hate the most about music industry? No one, in power, should be harassing people who seek nothing but work. It’s not just about music industry but the world, in general.last_img read more

Fatima, a former member of the People’s Defence Forces, was first in line when 15 ex-combatants, including four other women, stepped forward yesterday in Ed Damazin in Blue Nile State at the start of the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) programme, a significant stage in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) of 2005 that ended a war, in which at least 2 million people died and 4.5 million others were forced from their homes.Up to 25 per cent of all DDR candidates in Blue Nile State are women and the Joint Commission and integrated UN DDR unit expects to receive about 900 women from the Damazine area in the coming three months.“The inclusion of women in the 10 February launch reflects the commitment of both Commissions (north and south) and the UN family to ensure that women, as well as men, equally benefit from the DDR process,” the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) said in a news release.“Women played key roles in armed groups throughout Sudan during the conflict, both as active combatants and in roles providing essential support to soldiers from all parties,” it added.During the ceremony, ex-combatants from the north and south symbolically relinquished their weapons and in return received a DDR identification card, cash, non-food items and a coupon for food rations provided by the UN World Food Programme (WFP).Congratulating the Government of National Unity and the Government of South Sudan on the occasion, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Deputy Special Representative Ameerah Haq voiced confidence that the north and south DDR commissions were determined to make the programme succeed despite problems in securing funding and meeting the needs of ex-combatants in the South. 12 February 2009A woman was the first ex-combatant to be demobilized in this week’s historic launch of a United Nations-backed programme aimed at coaxing 180,000 ex-fighters from Sudan’s two-decades long north-south civil war back into civilian life. read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Microsoft to make ‘major’ announcement in Los Angeles; speculation ranges from tablets to Xbox by News Staff Posted Jun 14, 2012 4:39 pm MDT LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Microsoft is being secretive about a “major” announcement it plans to make in Los Angeles on Monday.The company invited media to an afternoon event, but it says it won’t divulge the location until that morning. In an email, the company says, “This will be a major Microsoft announcement — you will not want to miss it.”Microsoft declined further comment Thursday.The venue suggests it has to do with the entertainment industry.In recent months Microsoft Corp. has made more TV programming available on its Xbox 360 video game console. Netflix Inc. is among the offerings on the Xbox, and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is on Microsoft’s board.Microsoft is also preparing to release a new operating system, Windows 8, that works across laptop computers, tablets and even televisions. read more

The report, Informal Justice Systems: Charting a Course for Human Rights-Based Engagement, argues that informal justice systems in countries such as Bangladesh, Ecuador and Malawi, among many others, “may be more accessible than formal mechanisms and may have the potential to provide quick, relatively inexpensive and culturally relevant remedies.”Women, children and minorities in particular benefit from the impact of these systems, the report says, providing a source of empowerment for vulnerable populations.“Informal or customary justice systems are a reality of justice in most of the countries where UNDP works to improve lives and livelihoods and government capacities to serve,” said Assistant Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Olav Kjorven. “The evidence in this report illustrates the direct bearing such systems can have on women and children’s legal empowerment, covering issues from customary marriage and divorce to custody, inheritance, and property rights.”The report – commissioned by UNDP, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and produced by the Danish Institute for Human Rights – is the most comprehensive UN study on this area of justice to date, UNDP said in a news release. The report draws its conclusions based on research carried out in 18 developing countries. “There has been little research or literature on children and informal justice systems to date, and this study is important in beginning to document the issues around children’s engagement with informal justice systems,” said UNICEF Assistant Director Susan Bissell. “Reconciling the procedures followed by informal justice systems with children’s rights, and ensuring that international standards about children and justice are implemented, is a challenge that the report clearly documents.”Both formal justice systems – government-supported laws, police, courts, and prisons – and informal or traditional systems can violate human rights, reinforce discrimination, and neglect principles of procedural fairness. “The efficacy of working with informal justice systems requires that it be complemented by engagement with the formal justice system and with development programming that addresses the broader social, cultural, political, and economic context of informal justice systems,” the report says. Surveys in Somalia, it notes, found up to 80 per cent of the population preferred arbitration by clan leaders to engagement with the formal justice system.The report points out that formal and informal justice mechanisms need to learn from and cooperate with one another to widen access to justice and protection of human rights to all citizens. Broader development initiatives in education and health may also help change the way informal systems are structured and help create an environment where human rights can be respected.“The crucial value in this report lies in its emphasis on what can be achieved in terms of improving access to justice and human rights through informal systems,” Mr. Kjorven said. “Changes should be evaluated over the long term, but training adjudicators, increasing the number of women in decisions-making posts, empowering paralegals and women’s groups to monitor and engage with customary leaders – all these efforts will continually improve individual and communal experiences of justice.” read more

first_imgGood news, Amazon Prime users. Amazon is amping up its fight against Netflix, and you’re going to reap the benefit. Users who are already plunking down $79 a year for free unlimited two-day shipping will now get free unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows on the site, via PC and a number of set-top boxes.At present, the selection of 5,000 TV shows and movies doesn’t appear to have much of a leg up on Amazon. The site is bragging about movies like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Amadeus, and Chariots of Fire and TV shows like Doctor Who and Mister Rogers’s Neighborhood. Current Prime users will get the functionality immediately. Everyone else can sign up for a one month free trial.last_img read more

first_imgHere’s who been jailed over Ireland’s banking crisis so far David Drumm has became the fourth person to be jailed over his role in a bank fraud scheme 10 years ago. By Aoife Barry Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share72 Tweet Email2 Jun 20th 2018, 8:21 PM 23,963 Views 36 Comments David Drumm in 2016. Source: Sam BoalEARLIER TODAY, FORMER Anglo Irish Bank CEO David Drumm was given a six-year sentence for his role in a bank fraud scheme in 2008.With that sentence, Drumm became the latest banker to be jailed in Ireland.It was the State’s case that Drumm conspired with Irish Life & Permanent’s former CEO, Denis Casey, Anglo’s former financial director Willie McAteer and former head of treasury at Anglo, John Bowe, among others, to carry out €7.2 billion in fraudulent circular transactions in order to bolster the customer deposits figure on Anglo’s balance sheet.The State also alleged that this €7.2 billion was falsely accounted for as part of the bank’s customer deposits in preliminary accounts published on 3 December 2008, therefore misleading the market as to Anglo’s true strength.Today, the jury at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court returned unanimous verdicts of guilty on a charge of conspiracy to defraud, and one of false accounting, after just over 10 and a half hours of deliberations.Drumm (51) of Skerries, Co Dublin, was on bail throughout the 87-day trial, which was the third-longest criminal trial in the history of the State.Here’s who else has been jailed over their roles in the same case that Drumm was jailed over.Denis Casey: Former group chief executive Irish Life and Permanent  Denis Casey Source: RollingNews.ieDenis Casey was convicted two years ago of a €7.2 billion conspiracy to defraud.He had pleaded not guilty to conspiring to mislead investors, depositors and lenders about the true health of Anglo Irish Bank in 2008.He and three other bankers had all pleaded not guilty to conspiring together and with others to defraud by setting up the aforementioned €7.2 billion circular transaction scheme in order to bolster Anglo’s balance sheet with the intention of misleading investors.But on 9 June 2016, he was convicted, before being sentenced to two years and nine months in prison.The prosecution’s case was that Casey and three other men were involved in setting up the circular scheme of billion euro transactions where Anglo lent money to Irish Life and Permanent (ILP) and ILP sent the money back, via their assurance firm Irish Life Assurance, to Anglo.The €7.2 billion deposit was later accounted for in Anglo’s preliminary results on 3 December 2008 as part of Anglo’s customer deposits figure.One man out of the four, Peter Fitzpatrick, was found not guilty.The scheme was designed so that the deposits came from the assurance company and would be treated as customer deposits.Judge Martin Nolan said that former Anglo Irish Bank executives John Bowe and Willie McAteer, and the former Group Chief Executive of ILP, Denis Casey, took part in a scheme that was “deceitful, dishonest and corrupt”.He said they had failed to act with honesty and integrity by manufacturing €7.2bn in deposits in what were obviously “sham transactions”.He told Casey that he had made a grave error of judgement in authorising the transaction with Anglo. He said he was a man who should have known better. The judge also told Casey that Anglo were the authors of the scheme but that he had behaved disgracefully and reprehensibly in co-operating with it.Casey told gardaí that he only agreed to the short term loans with Anglo on condition that there was no risk to his company and that he did not know or intend that Anglo would misrepresent the loans as customer deposits.Willie McAteer: Former Anglo Irish Bank executive  Source: Leah FarrellWillie McAteer was sentenced to three and a half years in jail.McAteer is the only one of the three to have a previous conviction. He was convicted in 2014 of providing unlawful loans from Anglo Irish Bank to 10 property developers, dubbed the ‘Maple Ten’, in July 2008 in breach of Section 60 of the Companies Act.He carried out 240 hours of community service in lieu of a two-year prison sentence.On 29 July 2016, Judge Nolan jailed McAteer for three and a half years, saying that McAteer had authorised the transactions when he knew what he was doing was underhand, deceitful and corrupt.He said McAteer was a respected leader of huge experience whose actions in 2008 were reprehensible.John Bowe: Former head of Capital Markets at Anglo Irish Bank. John Bowe Source: RollingNews.ieJohn Bowe was sentenced to two years in prison, with Judge Martin Nolan telling him that the lower sentence was because he was “a lesser functionary” and not a board member.He had been captured in recordings – which were released by the Irish Independent in 2013 and dubbed the Anglo Tapes – discussing a strategy of convincing the Central Bank to invest €7m in Anglo, but understanding the bank’s liquidity problems.At the time, he insisted in a statement that he at no time tried to mislead the Central Bank nor was he aware of a strategy to do so.- Additional reporting: CCC Nuacht Short URL Wednesday 20 Jun 2018, 8:20 PMlast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to boost bilateral ties in a telephone conversation during which the latter invited the new Greek leader to an event in Moscow in May to mark the victory over Nazism.The two men agreed to boost cooperation in the economy and energy, tourism, culture and transport sectors. They also agreed on the need to “secure peace and stability in Ukraine,” according to a statement from Tsipras’s office. Putin expressed satisfaction at Greece’s stance at a recent summit in Brussels where Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias conveyed concerns over the prospect of additional sanctions against Russia over Ukraine. Sources rebuffed rumors about financial support for Greece from Russia, noting that the government was looking toward its European partners for support. The two men also discussed the possible creation of a pipeline to carry natural gas from Russia to Europe via Turkey and Greece.Meanwhile Defense Minister Panos Kammenos responded to comments by his German peer Ursula von der Leyen, according to which Greece was jeopardizing its position in NATO with its stance vis-a-vis Russia. Kammenos called her comments “unacceptable and extortionate,” noting “Greece was always on the side of the Allies when they pushed back German occupation troops.”Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

first_imgSpain national team head coach Luis Enrique has revealed he has no doubt that David De Gea will continue to retain his place as the country’s first choice goalkeeper.The Manchester United shot-stopper was questioned by fans and pundits alike after his disappointing outing at this summer’s World Cup in Russia with some expecting Chelsea’s new signing Kepa Arizzabalaga to displace the former Atletico Madrid man for the game against England but Enrique stock with De Gea in goal.He was judged to have been fouled in the build-up to an injury-time disallowed goal from Danny Welbeck, saving him from conceding a late equaliser.Following a win in his first game since taking the national job, Enrique was pleased with what he saw.David de Gea, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer is hopeful de Gea will stay Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 According to the Manchester United manager, goalkeeper David de Gea will be able to extend his contract… if he’s convinced to stay by the club’s board.“I am especially happy about David De Gea’s performance,” Enrique said, according to Evening Standard.“He is one of the best goalkeepers in the world, he is proving it in the Premier League week-in, week-out and I never had any doubts.”“Your errors sometimes help you, as you try to improve and grow up and all in all I am really happy with David, he is a top player.”last_img read more