Won’t challenge discharge of officers in Sohrabuddin case, says CBI

first_imgThe Central Bureau of Investigation told the Bombay High Court on Monday that it will not challenge the recent discharge of any of the senior IPS officers in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case. CBI counsel Sandesh Patil and Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh told the HC that the agency had already challenged the discharge of some junior officers in the case. However, the CBI had decided not to challenge the trial court order that absolved senior officers, including former deputy inspector general of Gujarat D.G. Vanzara, Rajasthan IPS officer Dinesh MN, and Gujarat IPS officer Rajkumar Pandiyan, in connection with the alleged fake encounter killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his aide Tulsiram Prajapati, they said. The CBI’s submissions came while a single bench of Justice Revati Mohite-Dere was hearing a revision application filed by Sohrabuddin Sheikh’s brother Rubabuddin Sheikh, challenging the trial court orders of discharge of these officers.The trial court had in 2016 and last year discharged Pandiyan, Vanzara and Dinesh MN.Rubabuddin Sheikh has filed separate petitions challenging the discharge of the three officers from the case. However, his counsel advocate Gautam Tiwari told the high court on Monday that while they had been able to serve notices to Dinesh MN and Pandiyan in the case, they had been unable to trace the address or contact details of Vanzara. The high court had earlier directed the CBI to provide Vanzara’s address to the petitioner, but Tiwari said the central agency had provided an incorrect address. The court on Monday directed the CBI to trace Vanzara’s whereabouts and serve him the notice directing him to present his side of the case in the HC on the next date of hearing.“The CBI is a premier probe agency. It should not encounter any impediment in finding the respondent’s (Vanzara’s) whereabouts, or getting his address. We often direct the investigating officers to serve notices, so in this case the CBI should do it to avoid further delays in hearing,” Justice Mohite-Dere said. The special CBI court in Mumbai, hearing the case after the Supreme Court ordered for the trial to be transferred out of Gujarat, had discharged the above three officials on the ground that the CBI had failed to get prior sanction or the special permission to prosecute them. However, during a previous hearing, Justice Mohite-Dere had questioned whether the lack of such sanction alone could be an adequate reason to warrant an accused person’s discharge from the case. She had also dismissed the CBI’s argument that it had challenged the discharge of two Rajasthan police sub-inspectors Himanshu Singh and Shyam Singh Charan and senior Gujarat police officer N.K. Amin. The judge had observed that while the CBI was opposing the discharge of sub-inspectors and constables, it had conveniently gone quiet on the discharge of most of the senior IPS officers.On Monday, advocate Tiwari told the high court that while the CBI had challenged Singh and Charan’s discharge in 2016, the pleas were yet to be taken up for hearing by the HC. The high court has now tagged together all the pleas filed by Rubabuddin Sheikh and the CBI in the case, and will hear them together on January 29. Of the 38 people accused in the case, 15, including 14 IPS officers, have been discharged by the special court. The CBI has challenged the discharge of two junior officers, and one of the 14 senior officers (N K Amin) accused in the alleged fake encounter cases of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, his wife Kauser Bi, and also that of Ishrat Jahan. Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife were allegedly abducted by the Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad from Hyderabad on their way to Sangli in Maharashtra. Sheikh was killed in an alleged fake encounter near Gandhinagar in November 2005, after which his wife disappeared. Prajapati, an aide of Sheikh and an eyewitness to the encounter, was allegedly killed by police in Chapri village in Gujarat’s Banaskantha district in December 2006. Vanzara, who was heading the ATS at the time, was charged by the CBI for having conspired with the other accused officials to kill Shaikh and the other victims and pass the incident off as an encounter.last_img read more

Angad, Mairaj Take India’s 2020 Tokyo Olympics Quota in Shooting to a Record 15

first_img 2020 tokyo olympicsAngad Vir Singh BajwaAsian Shooting ChampionshipMairaj Ahmad Khan First Published: November 10, 2019, 11:57 PM IST Doha: India bagged an unprecedented 15 Olympic quotas in shooting after Angad Vir Singh Bajwa and Mairaj Ahmad Khan’s 1-2 finish in skeet and teenager Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar’s bronze at the Asian Championship here on Sunday.There was a shoot-off for the men’s skeet gold medal and Bajwa prevailed 6-5 against his compatriot after both were tied on 56 at the Lusail Shooting Complex. This is India’s best-ever Olympic quota haul, easily surpassing the 12 at the 2016 Rio Games and 11 in London in 2012.Earlier in the day, 18-year-old Tomar secured the country’s 13th quota with a bronze in men’s 50m rifle 3 positions.Continuing India’s impressive performance at the prestigious championship, the duo of Manu Bhaker and Abhishek Verma got the better of compatriots Saurabh Chaudhary and Yashaswini Singh Deswal 16-10 to win the gold medal in the 10m air pistol mixed team event.Bhaker and Verma shot 577 and 387 in the two qualifications, while Chaudhary and Deswal managed 576 and 387.Before India’s exploits in the mixed event, Tomar shot 449.1 in the eight-man final to finish third on the podium, behind gold medallist Kim Jonghyun (459.9) of Korea and Chinese Zhonghao Zhao (459.1), at the Lusail Shooting Complex.He had sailed through to the finals of the event with a 1168 score in the 120-shot qualifying. There were three quotas on offer in the event.India had 11 shooters at the 2012 London Olympics and 12 in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.”15 quotas and a very special 1st & 2nd in Skeet. Angad and Mairaj – Bravo boys super proud of you two. Way to go team India you exceeded my estimate by an additional quota!” National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) president Raninder Singh tweeted.In July, teenager Tomar, from Ratanpur village in Madhya Pradesh’s Khargone district, had shot down the men’s rifle 3 positions junior world record on his way to winning gold, helping the country top the medals tally in the ISSF Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany.Tomar is the second Indian, after veteran Sanjeev Rajput, to have got a quota place in the 3 position event. He is a part of the junior team trained by Suma Shirur.Hailing from an agricultural family, it was during a camp in Bhopal in 2015 when Tomar was first spotted by coaches.This is Tomar’s first stint at the senior level, having broken through following a string of strong performances in junior, most notable among them being the junior ISSF World Cup gold with a junior world record to boot.He carried on that form, winning at the junior level in Asia and then beating the likes of Sanjeev Rajput in domestic competitions to stake a claim for selection in the senior team.It was a top quality final field with a Chinese world number three and a Korean world number nine besides an experienced Yuri Yurkov of Kazakhstan and the in-form Mahyar Sedaghat of Iran.There were two Chinese in the finals but they could not claim quotas as China had exhausted their maximum two in the event and Korea’s Jonghyun had also sealed his quota at the Munich World Cup earlier in the year. That left the shooters from Iran, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Thailand besides Tomar, fighting for the three available Tokyo berths.Enjoying a good run of form, Tomar had 151.7 after the first 15 kneeling position shots, 156.3 after the same number of shots in the prone position, before finishing with 449.1 to claim the bronze medal.The Iranian and Kazakh claimed the other two quotas, finishing fifth and sixth respectively.Tomar also won the team bronze in the event, combining with Chain Singh (1155) and Parul Kumar (1154). Individually, Singh finished 17th in the qualifications, while Parul Kumar was 20th. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Rahul Gandhi booed by crowd during Vijenders title clash

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 16 (PTI) Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was booed by the crowd at the Thyagaraj stadium where he had come to watch Vijender Singhs WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight Championship title bout here tonight. Sporting a grey t-shirt and demins, Gandhi walked into the stadium only to see a part of the crowd boo him and then chant Modi, Modi, referring to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The 46-year-old, who sat beside IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla, had a similar experience when he walked out of the stadium after the end of the title clash which Vijender won after beating Australias Kerry Hopes here. However, Gandhi didnt react to the boos of the crowd and simply smiled back before leaving the stadium. The event was attended by the whos who of sports, entertainment and politics, including boxer M C Mary Kom, who choked a bit while acknowledging a loud applause from the crowd, star wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, cricketers Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina, actor Randeep Hooda. PTI PM ATK KHSlast_img read more

Tribe Edges Yanks, 3-2

first_imgNEW YORK — Josh Tomlin had his second impressive start since returning from shoulder surgery, Cody Allen worked out of his own jam in the ninth inning Thursday night and the Cleveland Indians held on for a 3-2 victory over the New York Yankees.Tomlin only allowed Alex Rodriguez’s 680th career home run leading off the fourth and a double to Chase Headley in seven deliberate innings. The right-hander has been touched for just three runs and seven hits in 13 1-3 innings since coming back from his second major operation since 2012.Allen took over with the score 3-1 and gave up a leadoff single to A-Rod, who surprised most everyone in the ballpark and stole second.Several players took exception with umpire Dan Iassogna’s strike zone throughout the night, right into the ninth: After Brian McCann was called out on strikes and had a brief conversation with Iassogna, manager Joe Girardi raced from the dugout and was instantly ejected. He proceeded to dig a line in the dirt near home plate and yell at Iassogna.Carlos Beltran singled in a run and rookie Greg Bird walked. But Headley grounded to first for the second out and Allen got Didi Gregorius to fly out to end it for his 24th save.Lonnie Chisenhall hit an RBI double, and Michael Brantley — still limited to designated hitter because of a sore shoulder — and Jose Ramirez had RBI singles off Ivan Nova (5-5).Losers of four of five coming in, the Indians got help from their new-look outfield of converted infielders Ramirez and Chisenhall and newcomer Abraham Almonte. They took two of three from the AL East leaders last week in Cleveland, and won the opener of this four-game series.Almonte made a long running, leaping catch at the wall in right-center in the sixth on a drive by Brett Gardner. Chisenhall made a diving catch of Carlos Beltran’s sinking liner to open the seventh.Working as slowly as Tomlin, Nova got in trouble twice because of walks. Chisenhall hit a hot shot to right-center to score Carlos Santana from first in the second, and Ramirez drove in Almonte after the center fielder walked in the fourth.Nova had won four of his previous five starts, but he failed to get to the sixth Thursday, needing 94 pitches for five innings.TRAINER’S ROOMIndians: Brantley (sore right shoulder) was the DH again. “There’s not a rush” to get him back in the outfield, manager Terry Francona said. … RHP Gavin Floyd (elbow surgery) gave up four runs while getting one out in his first rehab start. He’s been out all season. General manager Chris Antonetti said Floyd was healthy and felt great. He also said Floyd could possibly return late this season, but “there are a number of things that need to happen before that. But Gavin deserves a ton of credit for the way he has embraced the rehab process.”Yankees: RHP Michael Pineda (forearm strain) is scheduled to throw about 65 pitches for Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes/Barre in his second and likely final rehab start. … 1B Mark Teixeira (right shin bruise) was still out of the starting lineup, but Girardi said the slugger “was moving around better today.”UP NEXTIndians: RHP Carlos Carrasco (11-9) has the lowest average against (.184) when pitching on the road. He’s 4-1 with a 1.55 ERA in his last seven outings away from Progressive Field. He gave up two runs and four hits over eight innings against New York in Cleveland on Aug. 11.Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka is coming off a complete game win at Toronto. He was tagged for five runs and 10 hits over 6 2-3 innings in his only start against Cleveland, last season.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Capello: Ronaldo wants Man Utd return

first_imgTransfers ‘Ronaldo wants to play for Mourinho again’ – Man Utd return on the cards for Real Madrid star, claims Capello Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 23:38 6/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 2017-18 Getty/Goal Transfers Manchester United Real Madrid Primera División Premier League Cristiano Ronaldo The Portuguese superstar has hinted at a summer move away from the Santiago Bernabeu, with a second stint at Old Trafford now being mooted Cristiano Ronaldo wants to play for Jose Mourinho and would welcome a return to Manchester United, claims former Real Madrid boss Fabio Capello.The Portuguese superstar has sparked a fresh round of transfer rumours with his comments in the wake of another Champions League triumph.Ronaldo has offered mixed messages when it comes to his future, with the promise to offer further clarity on his plans in “the next few days” followed by a declaration to Madrid fans during a trophy parade in the Spanish capital that he would see them “next year”. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now As uncertainty reins at the Santiago Bernabeu, it could be that the 33-year-old soon follows departed manager Zinedine Zidane through the exits.If he is to do so, then a second stint at Old Trafford has been mooted, with Ronaldo’s mother having revealed that she would prefer her soon to head back to England than take on a new challenge in France with Paris Saint-Germain.Capello believes a deal could be done this summer, telling Sky Sport Italia: “I think that Cristiano Ronaldo wants to go back to Manchester, to play for United and being coached by his compatriot Mourinho.”The former Madrid and England boss has also suggested that the Blancos could rekindle their interest in Bayern Munich’s prolific frontman Robert Lewandowski if they are to part with Ronaldo.The Italian added: “Real Madrid would need to recover from Ronaldo’s loss in terms of goals scored. The only available name at the moment is Robert Lewandowski.“[Karim] Benzema might stay, [Florentino] Perez is still a big fan of him.”While Lewandowski would be one option to fill Ronaldo’s boots in Spain, it has been widely reported that PSG star Neymar will be Madrid’s top target if they are forced into the market for attacking reinforcements.He has been distanced from a move at regular intervals, but a record-breaking bid for the Brazilian could return him to La Liga a year on from leaving Barcelona in a €222 million deal.last_img read more

Marine Energy Holds Opportunities for Ports Coastal Communities

first_img Other ports, including Meteghan, Saulnierville, Weymouth, Freeport, Westport, Tiverton and East Sandy Cove in Digby County, have already provided support for small-scale tidal devices. Nova Scotia has the most powerful and commercially promising tidal resource in the world in the Bay of Fundy, with potential capacity of 2,500 megawatts of safely extractable energy. Government has been building the foundation for marine energy development through FORCE, feed-in tariffs and transmission upgrades. The next step is a marine renewable strategy and legislation to guide the development of the industry. A copy of the Marine Renewable Energy Infrastructure Assessment Report can be found at http://www.gov.ns.ca/energy/renewables/explore-invest/recent-reports.asp A new report concludes that Nova Scotia ports and coastal communities can benefit from tidal and other renewable marine energy development. The Marine Renewable Energy Infrastructure Assessment Report, released today, Sept. 27, details existing infrastructure and what may be needed in the future to help ports and coastal communities better identify opportunities for renewable energy projects. “Ports and businesses will have opportunities to support this exciting emerging industry, from housing large vessels to assembly and acting as base operations for deployment and retrieval of devices,” said Energy Minister Charlie Parker. “One port can’t accommodate the broad requirements of developers, so many ports can play support roles. We are still in the early stages and we will have a better idea of the specific needs of the industry as the technology advances.” The Department of Energy commissioned the report in March to better understand what port-related infrastructure exists, where it is located and what may be needed as the industry evolves. The report focuses on tidal energy development, but it also includes the potential for offshore wind and wave development. The report concludes that no infrastructure improvements are required in the short term to support planned tidal devices or small-scale projects using wind or wave resources. However, major infrastructure will be required in to support the tidal industry beyond 64 megawatts, which is the capacity of the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Excellence (FORCE)demonstration project. It is recommended that infrastructure requirements of the industry be reassessed again in four to five years. On Sept. 21, Dalhousie University oceanographer Bob Fournier released his report, Marine Renewable Energy Legislation: A Consultative Approach, with a focus on the potential for in-stream tidal development. The Fournier report and the infrastructure assessment study will assist in the development of the province’s first marine renewable energy strategy. “These reports contain important information as we proceed with developing an industry that can supply us with secure, affordable electricity while at the same time building local expertise and creating jobs,” said Mr. Parker. “Our strategy will respond to this report and the Fournier Report. This is about creating the conditions for the industry to thrive here. Still, the greatest information we can get is from experience in the water.” Proximity to the Bay of Fundy is an asset, but the report concludes that many ports have different assets that can support the industry. Highlights include: Digby, Parrsboro and Hantsport are within 150 kilometres of the Minas Passage site in the Bay of Fundy. Woodside and other ports in the Halifax Regional Municipality have large deep-water shipping facilities, heavy lift capacity, manufacturing and access to a variety of service providers. Shelburne and Mulgrave/Strait of Canso area have well-developed deep ports with heavy lift capacity.last_img read more

UN exposed Its man jailed for Nepal childrens abuse

first_imgKathmandu: A former UN official has been jailed for sexually abusing children in Nepal, officials said Tuesday, following a trial underscoring the country’s growing appeal for foreign paedophiles. Peter John Dalglish, 62, from Canada, a formerly high-profile humanitarian worker, was sentenced on Monday to two terms of nine and six years in two cases after being convicted last month. Thakur Trital, a district court official, told AFP that Dalglish had been sentenced for nine years for abusing a 12-year-old boy and seven years jail for molesting another 14-year-old. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping”The judge is yet to decide whether he should serve a total 16 years in jail or be released after nine years. In most cases of a similar nature, sentences get overlapped but it is upon the judge to decide,” Trital said. Dalglish has also been told to pay compensation of 500,000 Nepali rupees (USD 4,550) to each of the victims. Dalglish was arrested in April last year in Kavrepalanchowk district, near Kathmandu, by Nepal’s Central Bureau of Investigation. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangThe two boys were at the house where police detained Dalglish, investigators said. Dalglish denied the charges, and his lawyer could not be reached for comment. The aid worker, who in 2016 was awarded the Order of Canada — the country’s second-highest civilian honour — made his name as a humanitarian worker advocating for street children, child labourers and those affected by war. He co-founded Street Kids International in the 1980s which merged with Save the Children. In the last decade, Dalglish held key positions in UN agencies, including a chief for UN Habitat in Afghanistan in 2015. In Nepal, Dalglish was an advisor in a child programme for the International Labour Organization in the early 2000s. Weak law enforcement has made Nepal notorious for sexual predators, with several arrests and convictions in recent years. In 2015 a Canadian orphanage volunteer, Ernest MacIntosh, 71, was sentenced to seven years in prison for sexually abusing a disabled 15-year-old boy, while in 2010 French charity worker Jean-Jacques Haye was convicted of raping 10 children at a Kathmandu orphanage.last_img read more

Mounties stolen auto found questions remain about officers missing handgun

first_imgCalgary police say they have found an unmarked RCMP vehicle that was stolen in the city this week, but there is no word on whether a loaded handgun that was inside it has been recovered.Officials say the 2018 Nissan Rogue belongs to a Mountie who was on duty when the gun, identification and badge, soft-body armour, pepper spray, handcuffs and baton were left inside the vehicle before the officer went into a building Tuesday night.The gun is described as a Smith and Wesson model.The officer placed the keys inside a bag that was then put in a locker, but a thief or thieves stole it and gained access to the SUV parked outside.Police located the abandoned vehicle Wednesday afternoon.They say no one has been arrested but have not said if the SUV’s contents have been recovered. (CTV Calgary)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Kirk And Anne Douglas Feed The Homeless For Thanksgiving

first_imgThe homeless on Skid Row were treated to a special Thanksgiving meal courtesy of the Los Angeles Mission, Wells Fargo Bank and Chef Michael Voltaggio, chef/owner of ink. and ink.sack, on Wednesday. Thousands were served at the midday event, which featured recipes created by Chef Voltaggio.“This is the biggest meal of my life… literally,” said Voltaggio. “I’m nervous and all I want is to do a good job and make people smile with food.”Kirk and Anne Douglas, long time Mission benefactors, were the hosts for the event where they helped serve the meal. Earlier this year Mr. Douglas honored his wife with a $10-million donation to the Mission over the next 20 years. The Anne Douglas Center for Women at the Los Angeles Mission is named for Mrs. Douglas.“We should give thanks every day,” Kirk and Anne Douglas said in a statement. “But we look forward to Thanksgiving with our friends at the Los Angeles Mission and try to help those in need.”Among the stars joining Kirk Douglas at the event were Malin Akerman, Matt Bomer, Zachary Levi, Neil Patrick Harris, Bella Thorne, Blair Underwood, Bailey Chase, Mario, and Stephen Collins.The Mission was started as a soup kitchen for depression era men in 1936. Those who came to the Mission then would be very surprised at the quality of the food being served this Thanksgiving. The Mission still serves meals each day, and emergency shelter, but the primary work of the Mission in 2012 is helping men and women restore their lives and get back on their feet. Thousands have graduated from the program and gone on to life off of the streets. Many alumni were on hand Wednesday to volunteer.“We’ll serve more than half a million nutritious meals this year, none more important than the Thanksgiving meal,” said Herb Smith, President of the Los Angeles Mission. “That’s why we are so pleased that Chef Voltaggio has worked closely with our kitchen staff to create this very special meal. The message to our guests is ‘you are special, you are valuable and we care about you.’ It gives us a chance to build connections that can grow into relationships. And it is relationships that are necessary to help many chronic homeless make the decision to change their lifestyle and restore their lives.”Wells Fargo Bank sponsored the event for the 6th year, with a $50,000 donation to the Mission to support its services to the homeless. More than 200 Wells Fargo associates joined other volunteers to serve the meal, clean tables, and serve in countless ways during the event.“Wells Fargo is privileged to continue its support of the Los Angeles Mission’s efforts to provide food, shelter and services to those in need,” said Bryan Moeller, Wells Fargo’s director of Small Business Banking for L.A. Metro/Orange County. “In these difficult times it is imperative that corporate entities join together to lend a helping hand to build stronger communities through financial support and volunteerism.”The Mission’s Thanksgiving event is a huge undertaking with more than 500 staff and volunteers working for months to get everything planned and in place. Three thousand pounds of smoked turkey were prepared by the kitchen staff, along with Chef Voltaggio’s recipes for 700 pounds of a Corn and Maple Stuffing (recipe below), 80 gallons of Country-Style Turkey Sausage Gravy (recipe below), 800 pounds of vegetables for the Parmesan Spaghetti Squash Casserole, Ranch Stuffed Baked Potatoes, CranApple Chutney and 400 Pumpkin Pies with Milk and Cereal.The stuffing was prepared with the assistance of Los Angeles Trade-Tech College Culinary Club students.The meal was served on a closed portion of 5th Street in downtown Los Angeles, the heart of Skid Row. Tents for serving were set up, along with specially decorated tables and seating. Thousands of guests from the community were seated and served the meal by volunteers from the community, from the entertainment industry as well as local political leaders.The Los Angeles Christian Health Centers provided foot washing and examinations to nearly 400 of the day’s guests. In addition to getting their feet washed, physicians, nurses and other medical staff did examinations and minor procedures to relieve foot issues. Those with more serious problems were referred to the clinic for appointments. The clinic partners with the Mission for medical services for area residents.Numerous businesses and groups contributed to the event. U. S. Foods provided some of the elements of the meal, Landsberg Amcor provided the cutlery, plates and napkins, Tarps Plus provided and distributed 2,000 tarps, Icelandic Glacial Water provided bottled water for guests, Kimberly VoDang, Ms. America International 2011, provided and distributed 1,400 blankets, Morongo Band of Mission Indians provided turkeys, and PCL Construction made a financial donation.And for the 15th year students at Suzanne Middle School provided bags of candy that were distributed to the guests. The students collect left-over candy from Halloween, bag it into individual servings and the Mission hands it out at the event.“It is the great generosity of the people of the Los Angeles area, companies, individuals and groups that makes this event, and our work possible,” said Smith. “From the dollars donated by Wells Fargo, other companies and thousands of individuals, in kind gifts like food, cutlery, tarps, blankets and thousands of other items, to the talent of people like Michael Voltaggio, we are blessed every day. This ministry’s work would not be possible without the tremendous help we receive. I want to thank everyone who gave and served to make today possible.”last_img read more

Social cultural diversity an enormous richness not a threat Guterres declares calling

He was speaking against the backdrop of European Parliamentary elections in recent days, which showed a surge in support away from political parties in the centre ground, towards those espousing more nationalist and anti-immigrant policy platforms. “This is the world we want: a world in which contributions from everybody, everywhere matter” – @antonioguterres at music workshop #WithRefugees and @YoYo_Ma in Vienna. https://t.co/4SqrNiCOrb pic.twitter.com/s3rHnvcqYD— United Nations (@UN) May 27, 2019 Secretary-General António Guterres told those gathered for the Day of Action that it was particularly important “in the present debate in Europe” to adopt “a universal perspective for peace, for human dignity, for human rights” and the values enshrined in the UN Charter. “Societies today are multi-ethnic, multi-religious, multi-cultural. And that is a richness, not a threat”. Like an orchestra featuring musicians from around the world, they need to practice to play harmoniously: “It is the same with society” he added. “Diversity requires investment. Social, cultural, political, religious; sometimes investment in social cohesion – to make sure that in a diverse society, every community feels that their identity is being respected – like the identity of the violinist needs to be respected, together with each instrumentalist. Hailing music as a fundamental tool to promote UN values, he said the Day of Action was fundamental to the future of the Organization “especially when we are also discussing the dramatic situation of human mobility”. Migration too, needs investment, instead of letting people smugglers and traffickers profit from it, and letting fear of migrants fester, “we need to invest in international cooperation, we need to invest in adequate forms of migration”, he said.  UN Vienna/Nikoleta HaffarThe Swedish teenage climate activist, Greta Thunberg, meets the UN Secretary-General António Guterres at the United Nations in Vienna. (27 May 2019)Guterres lauds 40 years of UN in Vienna, Austrian World Summit Speaking after meeting Austrian President Alexander Van Der Bellen, Mr. Guterres praised the nation for its support for the UN Office at Vienna over the past 40 years, home to many key agencies and bodies. As one of the main UN headquarters, he said he was convinced the work done in Vienna would help preserve peace and security for the world, during trying times. He looked ahead to Tuesday’s Austrian World Summit on climate, saying that taking part was essential to him, having convened the Climate Action Summit this coming September. Fresh from a major fact-finding visit to the South Pacific, Mr. Guterres said that to rescue an island State such as Tuvalu – parts of which are already sinking below the waves due to rising sea levels – was “to rescue the planet”. “The climate crisis is something that will have an impact on the lives of everybody everywhere”, said the UN chief. “And to reverse the present trend in which climate change is running faster than we are is an absolute must. And for that, we need in 2020, countries to assume engagements much stronger than the ones that were assumed in Paris.  He said nations had to commit “to a much more ambitious set of measures in mitigation in adaptation, mitigation and in finance. And I must tell you that I consider absurd that we are taxing salaries, we are taxing income, and not taxing carbon”. read more

Ohio State mens hockey to take on No 1 Minnesota in final

Freshman defender Drew Brevig (4) controls the puck during a game against Michigan March 2 at Nationwide Arena. OSU lost, 4-3.Credit: Ben Jackson / For The LanternAfter four years filled with countless achievements and even more memories, four members of the Ohio State men’s hockey team are preparing for their final home games in the Scarlet and Gray.The Buckeyes (15-11-4, 5-7-4) are set to recognize seniors Alex Szczechura, Travis Statchuk, Alex Lippincott and Curtis Gedig this weekend as they welcome No. 1 Minnesota (23-4-5, 12-2-2) to Columbus.Szczechura, the team’s fifth-highest scorer, sustained an injury last Sunday against Michigan and won’t get to play in this final home stand OSU coach Steve Rohlik said.“(It’s) disappointing,” Rohlik said. “He’s certainly put the time and the effort in here and he deserves to be out there … he’ll be with us out there, he’ll be out there on the ice to get recognized but certainly we’ll miss him out there on the ice.”Rohlik said he’s seeking the right balance of emotion and focus from his players for this important series.“I think the team wants to play well for (the seniors),” Rohlik said. “It’s my job not only to: one, make sure our team recognizes what (the seniors) mean to this program but two, to keep things in check … and control our emotions and go out there in the right frame of mind.”The quartet of seniors is set to be recognized in a ceremony before Saturday’s game, but Statchuk said the reality of his OSU career ending wouldn’t hit him until much later.“It hasn’t really sunk in yet. Once the season ends and you’re cleaning out your stall as a senior, I think that’s when it’s really going to settle in,” Statchuk said. “I’ll probably (be) a little emotional, that’s for sure.”The Buckeyes gained two points last weekend in their home-and-home series with Michigan, and currently sit five points behind the Wolverines in fourth place in the Big Ten. Meanwhile the Gophers continued their strong campaign with a sweep of Penn State, and are now seven points clear of second-place Wisconsin.Facing the nation’s No. 1 team while trying to climb in the standings might not be an ideal situation, but Rohlik said his team is eager to test themselves, no matter who the opponent is.“If you want to get to the national tournament, you’ve got to beat the best teams no matter who they are,” Rohlik said. “It’s a great challenge for our guys and I think they’re looking forward (to) it.”When the Buckeyes and Gophers met earlier in the season in Minneapolis, OSU proved themselves to be worthy opponents. In the first game, Minnesota’s sophomore goalie Adam Wilcox kept his second shutout of the season as his team won 1-0. OSU had a two-goal lead in the second game before junior forward Sam Warning netted a hat-trick as the home team ran out 4-2 winners.Since that second game against the Gophers, the Buckeyes are 4-3-3, and Statchuk said this weekend is a great chance for the team to show its credentials with only four games left in the season.“We’re excited to get out there and show the rest of the league and the country that we deserve to be where we want to be,” Statchuk said. “Obviously we have beat the No. 1-ranked team to get there but that’s a challenge we’re willing to accept.”Friday’s game is set for 7:30 p.m., and the puck is set to drop at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. read more

Suits you Sir How Thomas Markles royal wedding outfit was put to

It should have played centre stage at one of the most eagerly anticipated events of recent years; the wedding of Meghan Markle to Prince Harry at Windsor Castle. And there it would have stayed, but for an unlikely twist of fate. When sports PR Johnno Spence decided to get himself kitted out with a new outfit for last week’s Royal Ascot his Savile Row tailor said he had just the thing in mind – Mr Markle’s tail suit.–– ADVERTISEMENT –– But after Thomas Markle was let unable to fly to Britain after suffering a heart attack, the suit he would have worn to lead his daughter up the aisle of St George’s Chapel was left languishing in a tailor’s wardrobe. With both men being of similar shape and size the suit needed only… Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Secrets of Meghans baby shower Amal Clooney Serena Williams and celebrity friends

For exclusive insight into the Royal Family from Camilla Tominey and Hannah Furness, sign up for our free Royal Appointment newsletter. With its pomp, ceremony and all-star guest list, the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was by all accounts the royal event of the year.If scenes outside a five-star New York hotel were anything to go by on Wednesday, even the glamour of that moving celebration could have been surpassed by none other than the Sussex baby shower.The Duchess of Sussex was celebrating the impending arrival of the seventh-in-line to the throne, in a penthouse suite with her celebrity friends including Amal Clooney and Serena Williams.The front entrance of The Mark Hotel was transformed into a makeshift red carpet, with guest arrivals documented by photographers in the pens outside.A candyfloss machine was seen to be delivered, along with a musician wheeling a harp emblazoned with the name Erin Hill, the rock, pop and jazz harpist who advertises as having performed for Kanye West and two First Ladies of the United States. Harpist Erin Hill arrives at the hotelCredit:Splash Guests carried large gift bags with presents wrapped in blue and orange tissue paper, while hairdresser Serge Normant and make-up artist Daniel Martin – who recently shared a photograph of avocado on toast from the Duchess’ home in the UK – walking inside to join the fun. Gayle King By the evening, the Duchess, Williams, Spencer, Anderson and Canadian stylist Jessica Mulroney were dining at The Polo Bar, owned by Ralph Lauren and regularly listed among the best restaurants for celebrity spotting in New York City. The bill is understood to have been paid by the Duchess’ friends, with Ms Williams named by several US outlets as the “host” and issued photographs of herself inside the hotel wearing her own clothing line on Instagram.The meticulously-planned baby shower was carried out without the assistance of Kensington Palace, with the Duchess accompanied only by her protection officers rather than by aides from her private office or press team. The Duchess of Sussex and Abigail Spencer in New YorkCredit:Gotham On Tuesday, news of her whereabouts was briefed to US celebrity magazines before she was photographed walking out of the hotel’s main entrance wearing dark sunglasses for an outing to a busy art gallery cafe and a high-end restaurant for lunch. Misha Nonoo and Markus AndersonCredit:Splash The Duchess of Sussex and Abigail Spencer in New York Harpist Erin Hill arrives at the hotel On Wednesday, the US online version of Tatler was briefed details of the shower itself by a “source”, relaying the time of the baby shower and precise details of the guest list.“The baby shower will kick off with a flower arranging lesson accompanied by a dessert table prepared by the restaurant’s head chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who will be there to greet them,” it said.The penthouse of the hotel is described as a “castle in the sky”, with space for a Grand Ballroom and an outdoor terrace amid its many rooms at a reported cost of $75,000 per night. Markus Anderson, a director at Soho House who accompanied the Duchess to her first public appearance with Prince Harry at the Toronto Invictus Games, was also in attendance, entering the hotel with designer Misha Nonoo who clutched a bag from Zittles, a children’s clothing store in New York.Gayle King, television host and a close friend of Oprah Winfrey, bore a gift bag with a pink ribbon, after actress Abigail Spencer – one of the first in and laden with bags – wore a baseball cap. Amal Clooney, the human rights lawyer whose husband recently spoke of how the Duchess is being “pursued and vilified and chased in the same way that Diana was”, wore a vivid red jumpsuit, black jacket slung over her shoulders, and gold-coloured high heels.Fitness “guru” Taryn Toomey, who offers “music-driven, mat-based practice of self study through physical conditioning”, was also seen entering the hotel.Adding to the festivities was a suitcase brand taking the opportunity to deliver clearly labelled cases apparently intended as gifts.The party came on the second day of unexpected activity at the hotel, during the Duchess’ “private” visit to New York to see friends. Gayle KingCredit:Splash Misha Nonoo and Markus Anderson read more

SKM renews EPCM iron ore project agreement with Rio Tinto

first_imgSinclair Knight Merz (SKM) has recently signed a renewed agreement with Rio Tinto for Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management (EPCM) services for the delivery of iron ore projects in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The renewed agreement extends SKM’s term through to mid-2015, by which time, SKM will have been providing EPCM services to Rio Tinto on a continuous basis for over 15 years.SKM General Manager – Mining and Metals, Phil Lory said the company is immensely proud of its long and successful relationship with Rio Tinto delivering many world-class projects, including some of the most significant port expansion and development projects ever completed. “During this time, SKM has supported Rio Tinto’s growth by increasing its Pilbara iron ore shipping capacity from 100 Mt/y in 2000, to the current capacity of 230Mt/y. At present, SKM is supporting Rio Tinto to increase shipping capacity to 353 Mt/y by 2015.”Under the renewed agreement, SKM has been awarded a contract for EPCM services for the second phase of Rio Tinto’s Cape Lambert Port B project – one of the largest resource projects ever undertaken in Australia, involving the development of a new iron ore port facility adjacent to the existing Cape Lambert Port A facility. This award follows the award to SKM in early 2011 to provide EPCM services for the first phase of the project.The Cape Lambert Port B project will provide additional iron ore shipping capacity of 123 Mt/y, increasing Rio Tinto’s total port capacity from 230 Mt/y to 353 Mt/y. Cape Lambert Port B is being delivered in two overlapping phases of 53 Mt/y and 70Mt/y, with the first major milestone for the project (283 Mt/y) expected to be achieved by Q4 2013, and the 353 Mt/y milestone to be achieved in 2015. SKM currently has over 500 personnel engaged on Cape Lambert Port B between project, site and remote offices.last_img read more

Snapchat rejected 3 billion offer from Facebook report

first_imgMOBILE MESSAGING SERVICE Snapchat recently rejected a $3 billion cash offer from Facebook, the Wall Street Journal reports.Snapchat, considered one of the up-and-coming applications in social networking, has also had an investment offer led by Chinese Internet giant Tencent, which would value the startup at $4 billion.Facebook declined to comment on the report.According to the newspaper, Evan Spiegel, Snapchat’s 23-year-old co-founder and chief executive, is unlikely to consider an acquisition or an investment at least until early next year.The daily cited sources saying Spiegel was hoping to boost the number of users and messages to justify a higher valuation.Snapchat is known for mobile messages and photos that disappear after being viewed by the recipient.Snapchat did not disclose financial details of an investment round earlier this year, but online reports pegged the figure at $60 million in a deal that values the company at $800 million.“Long story short, we’re committed to building a big company around an innovative and fun product,” the Snapchat team said at the time.Snapchat recently introduced a “SnapKidz” version of its application for Apple mobile devices that lets children younger than 13 years old take or draw pictures, add captions, and save the images but not share them.The application was designed to stay within the bounds of laws restricting information that can be collected about or from children.The grown-up version of Snapchat has stirred controversy for its potential to be used to share risque pictures that are automatically deleted within one to 10 seconds of receipt.The company says that 350 million photos are shared every day.Facebook, which has more than a billion users worldwide, has been losing ground among younger consumers, who are among the key Snapchat demographic.- © AFP, 2013Read: Netflix gives its TV app a major makeoverMore: Facebook received 34 data requests from Irish governmentlast_img read more

Your GAA championship weekend review

first_imgNEED TO CATCH up on another super weekend of GAA? Look no further.  Cormac Costello after scoring a goal. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHOBlue boyWhat’s Cormac Costello got to do to get a starting place for Dublin? He’s certainly pushing hard to break in to Jim Gavin’s team. 0-3 when brought on against Laois was followed up with a 1-5 haul against Wexford. He’s still U21 next year and the Whitehall Colmcille’s player looks a super prospect.Check this out:http://vine.co/v/MF650tBxMMYTalking pointsThere was possibly some controversy and definitely heartbreak at Ballycastle on Sunday as Offaly edged out Antrim. David Kenny’s last-gasp goal clinched a 2-19 to 1-20 win for the Faithful. But was the ref’s decision to award a crucial free correct?Dublin’s Leinster dominance shows no signs of abating. They reached yet another Leinster final on Sunday and are on course for a ninth senior provincial crown in 10 years. Can anyone stop them?Leitrim were annihilated by Down in Newry on Sunday afternoon. The Connacht side were 2-10 to 0-4 down at half time and ultimately lost out by 21 points.TekkersJoe Canning wasn’t as influential as he expects to be against Kilkenny on Saturday evening, scoring just a single point. But what a point, from the sideline: Royal appointment Andy Tormey celebrates after scoring a penalty past Kildare goalkeeper Mark Donnellan. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHOKevin McStay on The Sunday Game  last night said Meath were excellent and are turning into a ‘proper team and a proper panel’ who can have ‘a proper cut off Dublin’ in the provincial decider.They almost let Kildare back into it yesterday despite starting impressively. We liked this graphic from RTÉ illustrating the scoring pattern over the 70 minutes. Source: RTESickening collision of the day Dublin’s Nicky Devereux and Rory O’Carroll clash heads while contesting a ball at Croker Park. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHOMarooned Source: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHODessie Dolan has been an unbelievable player for Westmeath down the years. On Sunday, the Garrycastle clubman confirmed his decision on RTÉ Radio’s Sunday Sport programme. His decision follows Westmeath’s 1-15 to 1-14 defeat to Cavan on Saturday.Déise recoveryPauric Mahony hit 11 points for Waterford as they got back to winning ways against Laois. Last time out Derek McGrath’s men were well beaten by Cork in the Munster championship but ran out 2-22 to 1-15 winners at Walsh Park.Only 5,025 were there to witness it though, which was just 24 hours after a full house came through the same turnstiles for the star-studded Ken McGrath fundraiser.World Cup Cavan StyleCavan man Paul Marron is clearly a genius. Thanks for letting us share this World Cup-style player intro with the world. Gold.What’s next?There’s a rake of qualifiers on Saturday night in the football before Cork and Kerry face off in a Munster SFC decider on Sunday afternoon at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. In the hurling, Clare and Wexford face off in Ennis while Tipp and Galway well be on Sky on Saturday evening. The following day there’s the small matter of Dublin and the Cats in the Leinster decider.Meath lay down marker for Leinster final by scoring 2-16 against KildareCostello shoots the Dubs to the Leinster final as Wexford prove no match Source: Balls.ieThe westerners will no time to lick their wounds after defeat to the Noresiders. It’s Tipperary next up in the qualifiers. Brian Cody can prepare for another Leinster SHC decider meanwhile; this time against Dalo’s Dubs.Tweet of the weekendAs Rihanna might say, TJ Reid ran the show on Saturday night in Tullamore. The Kilkenny sharpshooter scored 2-11 in total as the Cats saw off Galway at the second time of asking.And then he had a chat with one of the biggest pop stars this side of Beyonce. Who knew she was a Leinster hurling fans. @rihanna thanks rihanna you know your hurling #winning— TJ Reid (@_tjreid) June 28, 2014 Source: tjreid12/Twitterlast_img read more

Wozniak Predicts Google Facebook Still Vital in 2075

first_img Apple, Google, and Facebook have stood the test of time—so far. But will the tech titans really live forever?Yes, according to Steve Wozniak.The Apple co-founder believes all three entities will grow even more powerful over the next six decades.Apple will be around for a long time, like IBM,” Woz told USA Today in a recent interview, citing the New York-based company founded by Charles Ranlett Flint in 1911.“Look at Apple’s cash [$246.1 billion],” he continued. “It can invest in anything. It would be ridiculous to not expect them to be around (in 2075). The same goes for Google and Facebook.”From a couple of friends in a Los Altos garage to a multi-billion-dollar Silicon Valley enterprise, Apple has come a long way from 1976 and the $700 Apple-1 desktop computer.As most young entrepreneurs do, the two Steves (Wozniak and the late Jobs) assumed their business would last forever. Maybe Woz really does have a knack for predicting the future.The trick, he admitted to USA Today, is understanding how rapidly things change.“Who could have foreseen the rise of an Uber a decade ago?” Wozniak said.The inventor is scheduled to expound on those ideas during this weekend’s Silicon Valley Comic Con (SVCC) event, “The Future of Humanity: Where Will We Be in 2075?”Living communally in deserts and interacting regularly with artificial intelligence, according to Woz, who offered some other guesses at life in 60 years.Convinced a colony will exist on Mars, Wozniak foresees the Red Planet’s use for heavy industry, while Earth remains zoned for residential use. Don’t get your hopes up, though, for extraterrestrial contact.“It’s worth trying” to communicate with another race, he said. “But I don’t have high hopes.”The three-day SVCC conference, which Woz helped create last year, boasts other famous guests like actors William Shatner and John Cusack, former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and architect Greg Lynn. It will also serve as the stage for a 30th-anniversary cast reunion of Star Trek: The Next Generation. iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week Stay on targetlast_img read more

A psychological drama

first_imgSkepticism is an original play written and directed by Amaan Ahmad. It contains psychological and philosophical content that features the elements of absurdism, surrealism and skepticism. The story revolves around a psychologically disturbed artist who is going through an existential crisis and wants to commit suicide. Several emotions surround him and each emotion tries to prove its power over the human mind. Also Read – Rajeev Nagar: Swachh Colony submits plea for encroachment-free footpath Advertise With Us Meanwhile, reality and imagination are also around the artist. As the play progresses, the protagonist gets confused trying to choose between reality and imagination while chaos and insanity overpower all the other emotions and Insanity instigates the artist to die. The artist is in pain and is confused as the emotions have a philosophical debate. Reality points out logical reasoning, while Insanity, along with other strong emotions, argue about the actual meaning of life and its futility. Also Read – Hyderabad: TSPCB to distribute 70,000 clay Ganesh idols Advertise With Us Toward the end, death emerges and kills all the emotions, with Hope being the last. Death sits on his throne after killing the artist, but Imagination and Reality are still there as Death cannot touch either of them. The play concludes with the artist lying down on the ground while Reality and Imagination walk off hand-in-hand, smirking at one another. To conclude, we don’t know weather the artist is alive or dead or whether that was the artist’s imagination or reality.last_img read more

VMRDA Chairman vows to make Vizag a soughtafter destination

first_imgVisakhapatnam: Visakhapatnam Metropolitan Region Development Authority (VMRDA) Chairman Dronamraju Srinivasa Rao says that among several projects, speeding up the much-awaited NAD flyover work tops his priority list. Amidst a steady stream of visitors queuing up at his residence to greet him, Srinivasa Rao settles for an exclusive interview with The Hans India. Recalling his late father Dronamraju Satyanarayana’s contribution, Srinivasa Rao said when Town Planning Trust was upgraded to Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA) in 1978, his father was its first chairman. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us “Forty years later, I feel it is an honour to take charge as the first Chairman of the VMRDA. My father taught me to work hard without expecting any results. Though I lost in the recent Assembly polls as MLA, I thank Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy for reposing faith in my capabilities and giving me a new lease of life, recognising my hard work,” he says. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us In tune with Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy’s pro-employee stand, he said that he feels glad to take a similar step at his level by inking his first signature on 27 per cent interim relief for the staff on the day of assuming office. Considering the feedback from various departments, Srinivasa Rao said initiatives would be taken to develop the city into the most sought-after tourist destination. “I am going to redefine the purpose of VMRDA and make it more people-centric with the coordination of GVMC and corporation of neighbouring districts, including Vizianagaram and Srikakulam,” he says, assuring to give a fillip to the North Andhra region which lags behind on many fronts. Advertise With Us Saying emphasis on the Chief Minister’s vision to develop the entire North Andhra belt with enhanced concentration on Visakhapatnam, Srinivasa Rao says, “More number of houses will be built for BPL families. VMRDA will provide opportunities to middleclass. In addition, development will be in tune with the avowed pro-people policy of the State government without compromising on facilitating lung space for the city.” Defining Visakhapatnam as a cosmopolitan city, the VMRDA Chairman says that efforts will be taken to revamp it into an industrial, pharmaceutical, IT and tourist hub. “In terms of the city’s potential, it stands equal to Mumbai and it will certainly be reshaped as financial capital of the State. Once people from other cities and regions visit Visakhapatnam, they are sure to recommend the place for others to make a trip,” he shares. About demolition of Rajiv Smrithi Bhavan, Srinivasa Rao assures that it will only be renovated as a tourist spot which will be useful for the public and there is no intention of demolishing it. Before signing off, the VMRDA Chairman says that he wants to leave an indelible mark on making Visakhapatnam the favourite destination for all.last_img read more