MEA Figures Show Over 31 Million Indians Live Across The World

first_imgThere are only two countries where there are no Indians: right across the border in Pakistan and in the Holy See, in the heart of Rome dominated by the towering St. Peters Dome (the figure obviously does not include incarcerated Indian nationals). In the picture-perfect palm-fringed islands of Micronesia, there is one lone desi. The population of Micronesia was 1.05 lakh in 2016, according to the World Bank.Read it at The Week Related Itemslast_img

Football: Matuidi trolls Cristiano Ronaldo: “He will get to share the locker room with…

first_img“Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player on the planet, knowing that he will play with us is great news – especially for him as he gets to share a locker room with a world champion!” Matuidi joked to Gazzetta dello Sport.“Two years ago he managed to beat me in the final in Paris, but it is also true that the World Cup is worth something more than the European Championship!“It was a real surprise. I’m happy with what the team has done, getting him to wear a Juventus shirt… we have the strongest now.”Read also: Football : Liverpool’s Naby Keita believes the Reds can challenge Man City for the Premier League Title.Football: German Wonderkid Max Meyer without a club as Arsenal, Liverpool circle Advertisement AdvertisementBlaise Matuidi playing for Juventus.2018 World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi welcomes Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus with a hilarious jibe.The 31-year old French midfielder has stated that Ronaldo is the best player in the planet but Matuidi’s World Championship status trumps the Portuguese’s Euro Championship.Matuidi has enjoyed a successful month, seeing one of football’s G.O.A.Ts sign for his club while also being part of a French squad that won this year’s World Cup.Now, having lifted the coveted trophy, the midfielder returns to Turin where he will link up with Ronaldo for pre-season, and the 31-year-old joked that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner should feel privileged.last_img read more

Youths allegedly vandalise church, thrash worshippers

first_imgRaipur, Mar 6 (PTI) A group of youths today barged into a church at Kachna village on the city outskirts and allegedly vandalised the premises and thrashed the people present, police said.”Around 15-20 youths entered the church premises located at Kachna village while prayer was underway,” Raipur Additional Superintendent of Police Neeraj Chandrakar told PTI.They damaged chairs, fans and other articles in the premises and even beat up the people present, Chandrakar said.The accused were reportedly sporting saffron bands on their forehead, the ASP said. They fled the spot when the police arrived, he said.Based on the victims complaint, a case has been registered under sections 452 (house-trespass after preparation for hurt), 295(injuring or defiling place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class) and 147(rioting) of the IPC, he said.Three motorcycles belonging to the accused were seized from the spot, he said, adding efforts are on to nab the miscreants.Meanwhile,president of Chhattisgarhs Christian Forum, Arjun Pannalal claimed that it was the fourth attack on a Christian place of worship in the past one month in the state.”Around 15-20 men with saffron bands on their forehead entered the church while Sunday prayer was under way at around 12 PM, and started vandalising the premises,”Pannalal said.”They started damaging chairs and fans. They did not spare women and even tore up their clothes. They also thrashed an infant,” he said.The assailants were heard accusing that people were being converted in the church, he said.advertisement”A group of 40-50 people from downtrodden families in the village had set up the church under a tin shed, where they perform prayers every Sunday,” he said, refuting the conversion charge.He said, “We are thankful to the police that they reached immediately and took the necessary action.” PTI TKP SDL RGlast_img read more

Abuse of NHL Official Punished

first_imgNEW YORK— The NHL suspended Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman 20 games Wednesday for cross-checking a linesman during a game last week.Wideman was suspended for violating the league rule on physical abuse of officials after he struck linesman Don Henderson and knocked him down during the Flames’ game against Nashville on Jan. 27.The 32-year-old will forfeit $564,516 in salary as a result of the suspension, which is the second-longest in NHL history for abusing an official. Gordie Dwyer of the Tampa Bay Lightning was suspended 23 games in part for abuse of officials during an exhibition game in 2000.Wideman had a hearing with the NHL’s department of hockey operations on Tuesday.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Why Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid walked away from England celebrations?

first_imgEngland were crowned new world champions in the most dramatic fashions after the match went to the Super Over which also ended in a tie.Eoin Morgan’s men were declared winners because the number of boundaries hit came into play.England’s players erupted in celebration after the historic triumph at Lord’s and wild scenes from the ground were quite visible.Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid left England’s team celebrations after their World Cup triumph at Lord’s on Sunday when Jonny Bairstow popped the cork and started spraying his team with champagne.Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid are Muslim and their faith forbids them from consuming alcohol. The two spinners were celebrating with the team at the podium but made a hasty exit when Bairstow sprayed the players with champagne.Both Moeen and Rashid joined their England teammates after the champagne celebration ended.Omg I’m laughing so much Pree Moeen Ali & Rashids facial reaction to the champagne celebration! Real Muslim brothers! Ali (@HaiderAkhtar1) July 14, 2019Speaking at the post-match press conference, England captain Eoin Morgan said the cultural diversity of the players epitomises the team.”We had Allah with us as well. I spoke to Adil Rashid, he said Allah was definitely with us. I said we had the rub of the green. That actually epitomises our team.”We’re from quite diverse backgrounds and cultures and guys grow up in different countries. To actually find humour in the situation we were in at times was pretty cool,” Morgan said.advertisementHowever, a few people on social media said England should have celebrated in a way which made Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid comfortable.Also Read | Should New Zealand, not England have won World Cup 2019?Also Read | Allah was with us: Eoin Morgan takes pride in diverse cultures in World Cup-winning England teamAlso See:last_img read more

Time for Barca to replace Suarez with Alcacer

first_imgUEFA Champions League Time for Barca to rest struggling Suarez and give Alcacer a go Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 06:22 12/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(11) Luis Suarez, Barcelona Getty UEFA Champions League Luis Suárez Barcelona v Sporting CP Barcelona Sporting CP Opinion The Uruguayan ends the Champions League group stage without a goal to his name and a spell on the bench could benefit with the Spain striker on form There was no rest for Luis Suarez. While Lionel Messi, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Paulinho were all left out of the team to face Sporting CP on Tuesday, the South American striker was included in the starting XI. But he endured another disappointing night.Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde was probably hoping that the Uruguayan would put his sorry streak in the Champions League to bed by netting against the Portuguese side, having failed to net in Europe this season. Once again, though, he ended up without a goal.With so many changes to the team and Barca already guaranteed top spot in Group D, this was never likely to be a spectacular showing and so it proved in front of a relatively modest Camp Nou crowd. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, Suarez almost produced the moment of the night in the first half, passing the ball around a defender in the box in a wonderful piece of skill which set him up for a finish. Instead of completing it with a clinical strike, though, he shot straight at the legs of goalkeeper Rui Patricio.Barcelona Sporting scoreIt was a moment that summed up this season’s Suarez. A flash of brilliance, but ultimately a disappointment. And, in the end, he was withdrawn with 15 minutes remaining, still without a Champions League goal to his name in six fixtures this season – and only one in his last 13 overall in Europe’s premier club competition.While Suarez failed to convert, Paco Alcacer did take his chance, the Spain striker scoring his first Champions League goal for the Catalan club with a fine header. He also came close to a second late on as he fired just the wrong side of the post after being put through by Messi.Barca’s second of the night was an own goal from the returning Jeremy Mathieu, the French defender under pressure from Alcacer again with the 24-year-old ready to pounce at the far post.Alcacer now has five goals for Barca in just 10 games (and only six starts) this season. By comparison, Suarez has netted six in 18 appearances, having started in every single one of those matches.Lionel Messi Barcelona SportingPaco Alcacer, Andre Gomes, BarcelonaThe Uruguayan is still capable of important interventions, such as his late equaliser against Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano back in October. However, those moments are more few and far between in recent times and Alcacer is on better form right now.With Barca so strong in defence, having conceded only once in the entire group stage, and that a late goal in the 3-1 win at home to Olympiacos, this team looks to be built on strong foundations.But in the knockout stages, Messi will need help from his team-mates in attack and that includes Suarez.Perhaps it is time to give Alcacer a go until the Uruguayan rediscovers his form and also his peak fitness because Barcelona will need him at his best in the second part of the season.last_img read more

School Administrators Encouraged to Screen Athletes

first_img Speaking at a recently held JIS ‘Think Tank’, Dr. Wong highlighted the importance of ensuring that the well-being and safety of students participating in physically demanding activities are paid special attention. Story Highlights As Jamaica observes Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Awareness Week (June 17-23), Consultant, Emergency Health and Director at the Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ), Dr. Hugh Wong, is reminding school administrators to ensure that active students, such as athletes, are screened to ascertain risk for sudden cardiac arrest. As Jamaica observes Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Awareness Week (June 17-23), Consultant, Emergency Health and Director at the Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ), Dr. Hugh Wong, is reminding school administrators to ensure that active students, such as athletes, are screened to ascertain risk for sudden cardiac arrest.Speaking at a recently held JIS ‘Think Tank’, Dr. Wong highlighted the importance of ensuring that the well-being and safety of students participating in physically demanding activities are paid special attention.“Screenings will give an indication of the condition of the students’ hearts and their readiness to participate in their respective sporting activities,” he explained.While the Inter-Secondary School Sports Association (ISSA) currently plays an active role in seeking funding to cover screening costs for students, the parents are implored to do their part to ensure the well-being of their children.The HFJ has also been partnering with a number of Primary and Secondary institutions to have teachers trained in administering CPR, in order to respond readily to cases of sudden cardiac arrest.Senior Manager, Health Administration, HFJ, Nola Philpotts-Brown, pointed out that while the Foundation continues to advocate for CPR training, it is pushing even harder for the necessary pre-participation screening to be carried out to prevent the need for response to cases of sudden cardiac arrest.“It is one thing for us to be able to respond, but we want to be able to detect any issues that may exist prior to the children participating in the various activities,” emphasised Mrs. Philpotts-Brown “Screenings will give an indication of the condition of the students’ hearts and their readiness to participate in their respective sporting activities,” he explained.last_img read more

PM says work to address opioids is a priority as Hamilton sees

first_imgHAMILTON – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told an Ontario city hard-hit by the national opioid crisis that situations like theirs were a top priority for his government, as a municipal official called for more concrete steps to address the root causes of addiction.New figures show the city of Hamilton saw 70 opioid-related deaths between January and October last year, with an additional five deaths classified as “probable” opioid-related fatalities. That compared to 41 confirmed opioid-related deaths for the same period in 2016.The city said its opioid-death rate for last year’s period was 78 per cent higher than the provincial rate. In 2016, it said its rate was 48 per cent higher than Ontario’s.Trudeau, who was in Hamilton Tuesday as part of a tour through some of Canada’s major steel-producing communities, said the government is taking action to try and curb the deadly trend.“We know that we have to address this. This is getting to be more and more of a problem,” he said after a tour of a steel plant in the city. “We have always put this at the top of our preoccupations as we deal with this public health crisis here in Hamilton and right across the country.”Dr. Elizabeth Richardson, medical officer of health for Hamilton, said Ottawa has already made many commendable moves to help curb overdose death rates that are surging across the country, but urged the government to look at the factors that lead to addiction in the first place.The recently released federal budget earmarked $231.4 million to tackle the problem across the country, with a large chunk dedicated to measures such as public health campaigns, data tracking and border security measures.Richardson said all those measures are necessary, but urged the government to look deeper.“There needs to be continued focus on what do we do to stop people from being in a position where they are finding drugs as a way of managing their physical and emotional pain,” Richardson said. “We do need that fundamental support from the get-go … around housing, around income support, around civil society that are really important pieces to underpin it all.”Richardson said she could not account for the specific reasons behind Hamilton’s unusually high opioid-related death rate, which she acknowledged was among the highest in the province.Last week the Ontario government reported 1,053 opioid-related deaths across the province from January to October 2017, compared to the 694 deaths recorded during the same time period the year before.Of the millions set aside in the federal budget, Ottawa has designated $150 million as emergency funding to be dispersed across all provinces and territories.The balance will go toward public education campaigns, better access to public health data and new equipment and tools to allow border agents to better detect dangerous opioids like fentanyl before they enter the country.The Ontario government has pledged to spend more than $222 million over three years to tackle the issue, with money earmarked to expand harm reduction services and hire more frontline staff. The province also said it has approved funding for seven supervised injection sites.Last week it also announced that naloxone nasal spray will be available in Ontario pharmacies by the end of the month at no charge, in addition to existing naloxone kits that include an injectable version of the drug meant as an emergency treatment for opioid overdoses.The Public Health Agency of Canada has projected opioids will claim more than 4,000 lives this year.last_img read more

Stand Up To Cancer 2016 A Huge Success

first_imgThe Hollywood community once again united to support Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), which staged its fifth biennial one-hour special on Friday, Sept. 9 (8:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT / 7:00 PM CT).(L-R) patient Mitch Carbon, actor Bradley Cooper and patient Emily Whitehead attend Stand Up To Cancer Credit/Copyright: Kevin Mazur/American Broadcasting Companies Inc via Getty ImagesAcademy Award-nominated actor and founder of the Bradley Charles Cooper Foundation, Bradley Cooper, served as executive producer along with renowned live, large-scale event producers Done + Dusted, in collaboration with the Stand Up To Cancer production team. Celine Dion attends Stand Up To CancerCredit/Copyright: Kevin Mazur/American Broadcasting Companies Inc via Getty ImagesAmong those taking part were Vice President Joe Biden, Odette Annable, Will Arnett, Mel B, Kathy Bates, Mayim Bialik, Matt Bomer, Jordana Brewster, Danielle Campbell, Marcia Cross, Brittany Daniel, Viola Davis, Shannen Doherty, Dave Franco, Josh Gad, Greg Grunberg, Tony Hale, Tom Hanks, Ken Jeong, Anna Kendrick, Sonequa Martin-Green, Jillian Michaels, Robert Patrick, Rob Riggle, Jacob Soboroff, Brenda Song, Karla Souza, Emma Stone, Eric Stonestreet, Alison Sweeney, Bree Turner, Kristen Wiig, Charlie Wilson, Rita Wilson, SU2C Co-Founder Katie Couric, and social media personalities Brandon Armstrong, Grace Helbig, Joey Graceffa, Justine Ezarik, Harry Hudson, Brittani Louise Taylor, My Nguyen, Andrea Russett, Gemma Stafford attended and participated in the inspiring live broadcast. In addition, celebrated recording artist Celine Dion performed a moving tribute in honor of all those standing up to cancer. Alessia Cara, Charlie Puth, and Gallant delivered a musical performance. The telecast included appearances by Ben Affleck, Dierks Bentley, Lena Dunham, Chris Evans, Zach Galifianakis, Jon Hamm, Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Eva Longoria, and Matthew McConaughey.Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks attend Stand Up To CancerCredit/Copyright: Kevin Mazur/American Broadcasting Companies Inc via Getty ImagesThe telecast broadcasted from The Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC, along with American Forces Network, ASPiRE, AUDIENCE Network, Bloomberg TV, Bravo, Comedy Central, Discovery Life, E! Entertainment, EPIX, ESPNEWS, FM, FS2, Fusion, FXM, Great American Country, HBO, HLN, ION Television, LMN, Logo, MLB Network, National Geographic, Pivot, RLTV, SHOWTIME, Smithsonian Channel, STARZ, STARZ ENCORE, TBS, Tr3s, VH1, and WGN America donated one hour of simultaneous commercial-free primetime for the telecast. For the first time, there was a Spanish version of the Stand Up To Cancer telecast airing nationally on Galavision, HBO Latino, STARZ ENCORE ESPAÑOL and Univision Deportes, and locally on Univision Puerto Rico. In addition, the show streamed live on SU2C’s Facebook page, Yahoo, SU2C’s YouTube page, and in Spanish on USA Network aired the Stand Up To Cancer telecast on Friday, Sept. 9 at 11:00 PM – 12:00 AM ET/PT / 10:00 PM CT. The entire telecast will also become available to stream on Hulu beginning Saturday, Sept. 10.The first Canadian-inclusive SU2C telecast aired in 2014, and this year’s show once again aired across all four major English-language Canadian broadcasters: CBC, City, CTV, and Global. Additionally, Canadian services AMI, Bloomberg TV Canada, Blue Ant Media, CHCH, CHEK, Fight Network, Hollywood Suite, Joytv, NTV and TLN aired the telecast, the show streamed live on Yahoo Canada, and it will be available on-demand on shomi and TELUS Optik TV in Canada.last_img read more

A standup comic draws the line between heckling and harassment

first_img Twitter Advertisement About seven years into my standup career, I walked offstage after a particularly good set and a male comic I’d never met made a beeline for me. I thought he was coming to congratulate me. Instead he came out with, “You have a great ass and when I wasn’t looking at your ass your jokes were OK, too.”My jokes were OK, too?It was disheartening, to say the least, that my jokes were only a sideshow to the stump of fat and muscle attached to the back of my body. Even more disheartening: I was used to this. This was how “male comics” talked to “female comics” and if you didn’t like it you could . . . not be a comic? “If sexual harassment were a meal, the comedy club would be an all-you-can-eat buffet,” writes comic Rebecca Kohler. (EMMA MCINTYRE/FOR METRO) So when news of Harvey Weinstein’s horrific behind-the-screens behaviour came to light in October, I was disgusted but not surprised. Every industry has its version of Weinstein Culture. In fact, I endured some of the worst sexual harassment while working at a diner. But if sexual harassment were a meal, the comedy club would be an all-you-can eat buffet.We joke for a living, so everything — every sexist comment and uninvited touch — is a “joke.” We make jokes, we should be able to take jokes or so go the excuses. Call a man out for it and it’s, “Hey, relax, I’m just kidding!” It throws you off your instincts, and you’re not sure what’s harassment or hilarity.READ MORE Facebookcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

SecretaryGeneral deplores terrorist attack at Glasgow airport

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today spoke out against recent terrorist activity in the United Kingdom and said he would discuss the matter with the prime minister during a planned visit to London next week.“The Secretary-General deplores the terrorist attack which took place yesterday at Glasgow airport in Great Britain as well as the attempt to explode car bombs in London on Friday,” a spokesman for Mr. Ban said in a statement, reiterating the Secretary-General’s longstanding view that no cause or belief can justify acts of terrorism. Mr. Ban “looks forward to his visit to London next week when he will have the opportunity to meet with Prime Minister Gordon Brown to discuss, among other issues, how the international community can best implement the global strategy against terrorism adopted last year by the General Assembly,” the spokesman said.The statement expressed Mr. Ban’s strong support for the Government and the people of Great Britain “at this time of heightened security threats in the country.” 1 July 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today spoke out against recent terrorist activity in the United Kingdom and said he would discuss the matter with the prime minister during a planned visit to London next week. read more

UN concern grows over Israeli blockade of Gaza crossings

Only 512 truckloads of goods entered Gaza in the week leading up to 9 June, less than one-fifth of the shipment in early 2007 before Hamas took control of the area, reported the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).OCHA said that the entry of essential goods and services, including materials for reconstruction, spare parts for water and sanitation projects, as well as industrial and agricultural materials remain either restricted or banned outright.It noted that no petrol or diesel fuel has entered Gaza through the Nahal Oz fuel pipeline since 2 November 2008, except for limited quantities for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), and most of the petrol and diesel available on the open market for public use is smuggled in through the tunnels under the border with Egypt.In a recent report, covering the period from May 2008 to April 2009, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wrote that increased isolation, internal Palestinian divisions and the recent three-week military offensive against Hamas led to “substantial economic and humanitarian deterioration” in the Gaza Strip.Mr. Ban pointed out that as a result of the situation in Gaza, real gross domestic product was estimated to have declined by 13 per cent from a year before, while per capita income dipped to almost 34 per cent below its level in 2000.At the end of May, Maxwell Gaylard, the top UN humanitarian official in the occupied Palestinian territory, said the fighting from December 2008 to January 2009 had destroyed some 4,000 homes and damaged another 40,000, and although donor countries have pledged billions of dollars for Gaza’s reconstruction, it cannot begin because of the blockade. 12 June 2009The ongoing Israeli restrictions on the flow of goods in and out of Gaza is hampering reconstruction and recovery efforts after the recent conflict in the Strip, the United Nations humanitarian arm said today. read more

Fair trade sale coming to Brock

The annual Ten Thousand Villages Fair Trade Sale is heading back to Brock.The sale, which includes products like jewelry and home décor products, will benefit the Brock Abroad: Namibia and Brock Abroad: Botswana programs. The sale happens in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre lobby from Oct. 31 to Nov. 4.The schedule is as follows:Monday — 12 noon – 7 p.m.Tuesday — 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.Wednesday — 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.Thursday — 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.Friday — 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.Ten Thousand Villages is a North American fair trade organization that allows artisans from third world countries to market their handicrafts and pay for food, education, health care and housing. read more

OPP road death stats

The OPP has released its first ever report of statistics on deadly road collisions in Ontario. It’s meant to shed light on those who are at risk on the roads as well as what caused the crashes. They’ve looked at crashes during a 10 year period. The data revealed young adult males are twice as likely to die in collisions as females. Between 2005 and 2014 the OPP investigated 3091 fatal road collisions in which almost 70% were drivers and 23% were passengers. Almost 700 people died in collisions involving transport trucks and the stats show most of those killed were the drivers of the other vehicles involved. 92 truck drivers died and the majority were reported as not driving properly at the time. Police say it all boils down to four main causes. “Aggressive driving, distracted driving, impaired driving and people still not wearing their seatbelt.”While it seems many aren’t wearing their seatbelts, the numbers show adults are at least making sure their kids do. “When we looked at the deaths in 2005 involving children and people under 16 years of age that number has dramatically decreased. It is encouraging to see that people are taking care of the children they are either properly belted, buckled or in the proper car seat.” The study also showed just how vulnerable motorcyclists are on the roads. 279 died over the past 10 years, 190 were reported as not driving properly at the time, but 74 others died who did nothing wrong. 15 passengers also died. Police say passengers, whether on a bike or in a car need to also take charge and call out drivers who are taking chances with them in the vehicle. read more

Lawrence ODonnell signs deal to remain at MSNBC

NEW YORK, N.Y. – MSNBC says it has completed a deal to keep Lawrence O’Donnell in its prime-time lineup.The network wouldn’t release any details Thursday. Contract renegotiations are usually routine, but O’Donnell’s became an issue since he mused publicly about whether he was wanted. Talks went down to the wire; his old contract was due to expire this weekend.O’Donnell tweeted after his show Wednesday night that “I will be saying hi to Rachel @maddow at 10 p.m. for the foreseeable future.”He’s had a strong stretch in the ratings, at least partly due to following the red-hot Maddow in MSNBC’s weeknight lineup. by The Associated Press Posted Jun 1, 2017 8:26 am MDT Last Updated Jun 1, 2017 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Lawrence O’Donnell signs deal to remain at MSNBC read more

DR Congo initial findings by UN confirm human rights violations amid recent

A parallel investigation by the armed forces of DRC, known by the French acronym FARDC, has led to the arrest of nine FARDC soldiers, two in connection with the rapes, and seven in connection with lootings, the spokesperson, Martin Nesirky, told a news briefing at UN Headquarters in New York.The probes are focused on allegations of violations committed between 20 and 30 November in and around Minova, a town close to the city of Goma, the capital of North Kivu province in the eastern DRC, which fighters from the 23 March Movement (M23) armed group occupied on 19 November.According to media reports, there have been allegations that FARDC soldiers raped dozens of women in Minova during the army’s retreat from Goma.The UN investigators are with the UN Joint Human Rights Office (JHRO), a collaboration between the UN Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Mr. Nesirky said two JHRO teams visited the Minova area this month and interviewed more than 200 people, though investigations are ongoing.“The UN Mission is supporting the (DRC) military justice procedure in conducting thorough investigations into these allegations to ensure that the perpetrators are identified and held accountable,” he said.Addressing reporters after briefing the UN Security Council on the latest developments involving the M23 on Tuesday evening, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, confirmed that 126 women had been raped during the M23’s offensive, and that many of the violations may have, in fact, been committed by troops belonging to the FARDC. He pointed out that due to the “allegations of terrible violations,” a UN report inquiring into the events would be released later in January. In addition, Mr. Ladsous conceded that there were concerns regarding the “many movements of various elements” in the provinces of North and South Kivu, especially the M23, which, he said, were being “followed very closely” by the UN. Nevertheless, he denied reports that up to 4,000 soldiers belonging to the mainly Hutu armed group known as the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) were closing in on Goma. “There have been movements around the area of Goma, but in the hundreds, not in the thousands,” he said, adding the MONUSCO was “very much on the alert, patrolling constantly to monitor the situation.” Meanwhile, in his comments at the news briefing earlier in the day, Mr. Nesirky noted that MONUSCO officials met today with DRC’s Vice Prime Minister Mutombo Bakafwa Nsenda, who also serves as Minister of Defence, to share initial findings. He added that MONUSCO is working with the DRC Government to identify the FARDC units in which the arrested soldiers served.According to Mr. Nesirky, identifying the units will allow MONUSCO to review the exact nature of any support in accordance with the UN Human Rights Due Diligence Policy, which contains principles to be followed on the part of any UN entity when supporting non-UN security entities.The investigations come amid continuing tensions in the region even though the M23 – made up of former national army troops who mutinied in April and named after a 23 March 2009 peace agreement that they reportedly say has not been implemented – ended their occupation of Goma after 11 days and are now in political talks with the DRC Government in the Ugandan capital of Kampala.Media reports have said the M23 also face allegations of killing and raping civilians and looting towns during the clashes that took place last month. The reports also highlight that several other armed groups in the area have been involved in the wider regional violence.According to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), almost 400 women and girls were sexually assaulted amid the regional fighting and advance on Goma. “Women and girls in the displacement camps are living in constant fear of being attacked or sexually molested,” a UNICEF spokesperson, Marixie Mercado, said in an interview with UN Radio.Separately, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today issued an alert about the presence of armed groups in and around a camp west of Goma hosting up to 15,000 of the estimated 177,000 civilians driven from their homes amid the M23 advance.The armed groups were “fuelling worries” among the inhabitants of the Mugunga III camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs), said a UNHCR spokesperson, Adrian Edwards, who added that the agency saw their presence as a “serious concern.”Already this month, armed men have staged at least three attacks, Mr. Edwards said. In one, they raped several women and looted supplies in the camp, while in another, three people were shot and wounded when gunmen looted several homes around Mugunga III and demanded goods or money.A third attack left two people inside the camp injured by gunfire after four armed men “apparently looking for aid items, including plastic sheeting” entered, according to Mr. Edwards.While Mugunga III is one of 31 established IDP sites throughout North Kivu province, Mr. Edwards told the UN News Centre that the precarious regional security situation meant that UNHCR had access to “very few.”“Civilians must be kept out of harm’s way and any deployment of armed men in densely populated areas should be avoided,” he said at the briefing in Geneva, adding that the presence of armed men at any refuge was a “threat to the civilian character of the camps,” and something UNCHR had “repeatedly urged all sides to respect.”“It exposes IDPs to risks of violence in violation of their fundamental rights, including the right to physical safety and integrity,” Mr. Edwards noted.He added that fighting farther north in the eastern DRC has caused about 4,000 people to flee into South Sudan, where – before the latest influx – there were 18,408 DRC refugees.“Most of the new arrivals are women with small infants and separated or unaccompanied children,” he said. “UNHCR is prioritizing identification of the unaccompanied children to ensure that those most at risk, particularly adolescent boys, are protected.” read more

Garmin Forerunner 110 Hands On

first_imgThere’s a reason Garmin has a virtual lock on the GPS watch market: Garmin watches just work. When you’re getting ready to head out on a run, you want to be able to just turn on your watch, let it sync while you stretch, and go. No watch I tried out allowed for that–except for the Garmin Forerunner 110 ($249.99 direct).Though it was the smallest of the watches I tried out by far, the Garmin still had plenty of room on the screen for all the essential stats: distance, time elapsed, and pace. Unlike the Timex’s wide range of views, the only other options for the Garmin are heart rate and time. I was sent the more expensive grey and pink women’s version of watch (The price goes up $50, because it comes with a heart-rate monitor), but there is also a red and black “male” version as well as a less expensive black and grey unisex model. I didn’t mind the faint floral design on the bezel, but many of my running companions complained that it was a little too girly for their taste.Like the display options, the functionality of the Garmin watch is pretty bare bones. I appreciated its simplicity, but this watch can’t differentiate between athletic activities like the triathlete-friendly Timex or provide more detailed geographic information like the hiking-geared Suunto. Pressing the menu or start buttons will launch the search for satellite connection. From there, operation is simple–start, pause, and stop the watch with the start/stop button on the top right. There’s also an illumination button on the top left for night running and an option to record splits with the lap button on the bottom right. Unless you press the lap button, the watch automatically starts a new lap each mile, briefly displaying your average pace for the past mile.As I mentioned earlier, the real selling point for the Forerunner 110 is how simple it is to sync with satellites. While finding a GPS signal was a bit of a challenge with every watch (testing among the tall buildings in New York added an extra layer of difficulty), the Garmin still usually synced in mere minutes, sometimes less. The watch also synced with the included heart rate monitor with no difficulty. The Forerunner 110 boasts three weeks of battery life in power-save mode and eight hours in training mode. I only had to charge it roughly once a week to cover all of my training needs.Before I even set up my Garmin Connect account, I had a chance to familiarize myself with the basic dashboard via links posted by friends on DailyMile, a popular running social network. The default privacy settings on Garmin Connect are public, because the site is geared toward easy sharing. Each workout displays an impressive amount of information. The basic statistics include the overall time, distance, elevation gain, and calories, and each are broken down further. For instance, the timing section also includes moving time, average pace, average moving pace (so you can see how fast you ran without factoring in the pace lost when you have to stop), and the best pace you hit during your run. Your pace and elevation change are also visualized in charts, which you can manipulate via drop-down menus. Including the breakdown of your pace by mile, the dashboard is a great way to sum up your workout in a glance.When it came time to decide which unit to wear during the Philadelphia Marathon, the choice was easy. For me, a GPS watch should augment my workout, not take away from it, and the Garmin Forerunner 110 does just that. It just works, with minimal fuss and waiting, and gives me the information that I need at a glance. It’s no wonder Garmin is king of the GPS watch market.last_img read more

LG Shurkien 18 Ivy Bridge Ultrabook demoed at IDF 2011

first_imgIntel’s Ivy Bridge chips may have been delayed slightly, but that’s not preventing manufacturers from showing off next-gen hardware running the successor to Sandy Bridge. At IDF 2011, LG has one of its prototypes on display, the gloss-black Shuriken 18 Ultrabook.Not much has been revealed about the Shurkien 18’s internals, but they’d likely change between now and launch date anyway. It’ll sport a processor from the Ivy Bridge range, at least 2GB of RAM, and both HDMI and mini DisplayPort hook-ups will provide video output. Unlike some of the Ultrabooks we’ve seen so far, this one sports a single physical button below the touchpad area — instead of opting for a buttonless clickpad. As for its display, the Shuriken 18 sports a 13.3″ panel (making me think that Shuriken 13 might be a more logical name for the Ultrabook).The bezel is extremely thin, and makes the Shuriken 18 look a bit like Samsung’s Series 7 laptop — which packs a 14″ display into a 13″ bezel. It’s safe to say that future Ultrabooks won’t just be getting thinner and lighter, but they’ll also be shooting for nearly edge-to-edge displays. The trade-off, of course, is a very generous wrist rest and a touchpad that looks a wee bit undersized by comparison.With Ivy Bridge chips set to debut in Q2 2012 and Windows 8 due around the same time, there’s a good chance that the Shuriken 18 could be one of LG’s first Windows 8 laptops to hit retail shelves. With Ivy Bridge power and efficiency under the hood, and a brand new Windows OS on board, the Shurkien 18 could be quite the hot piece of hardware next year.More at Softpedia and Liliputinglast_img read more

Donacos US190 million Singapore court case against Thai vendors delayed

first_img Donaco to file multiple appeals after arbitrator rules in favor of Thai vendors in Star Vegas land lease dispute Donaco ready to reset after horror year sees losses widen in FY19 on Cambodia impairment charge Donaco noted that, because the Singapore arbitration proceedings are confidential, it is unable to provide further details about the cause of the delay but plans to press ahead with its claim “with maximum efficiency and diligence.”The company also observed that the length of the proceedings are not in keeping with standard practice, referencing a 2016 study by the Singapore International Arbitration Centre which revealed that the mean duration for an arbitration claim before a single arbitrator is 13 months, with a median duration of 11.3 months from filing of an arbitration claim to the making of an award. Donaco’s claim has already lasted 18 months.Donaco is seeking US$190 million in damages after the Thai vendors continued to run gaming operations at Star Paradise, located adjacent to Star Vegas in Poipet, in defiance of non-compete provisions.The vendors, Lee Bug Leng, Lee Bug Huy and Lee Bug Tong, had previously been granted permission to host gaming facilities under the management of Donaco in a deal that saw the latter paid a monthly management fee of THB5 million (US$151,000), but that agreement expired in 2017 with no new management arrangements put in place.After they continued to run gaming operations in defiance of non-compete provisions, the vendors – who also own the land upon which Star Vegas sits – threatened in June to terminate Donaco’s 50-year land lease.Cambodia’s Banteay Meanchey Court of First Instance subsequently granted an injunction against the vendors preventing such termination pending further legal hearings. Donaco is also in the midst of legal proceedings against the vendors in Australia where the NSW Supreme Court has issued a freezing order preventing the vendors from selling any of their 17.9% stake in the company. A Singapore court case brought by Donaco International Limited against the Thai vendors of its Cambodian casino, Star Vegas, in pursuit of US$190 million in damages has been delayed by four months, the company revealed on Wednesday.The arbitration claim will now recommence on 25 November 2019 after an initial oral evidentiary hearing was held over a two-week period starting in late July. RelatedPosts Load More Chinese court seizes bank accounts of online card game developer Boyaalast_img read more

New World student art on display in Miami courthouse garage

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Art created by students of the New World School of the Arts is now on display in the City of Miami’s courthouse garage.The Miami Parking Authority hosted a ceremony, Tuesday, to unveil the artwork. Two of the pieces depict the evolution and transformation of Miami over the years.South Florida is all about art this week.If you’re planning to head to any Art Basel events, click here for ways to avoid the traffic, including special ferrys and transit hours.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more