India lose Hamilton thriller, New Zealand win T20I series

first_imgBrief Score – New Zealand (212/4) beat India (208/6) by 4 runs to clinch 3-match series 2-1. Shankar (43), Mitchell (2/27), Santner (2/32). Full ScorecardIndia failed to chase down a 200 plus total for the second time in four days and lost the T20I series to New Zealand 1-2. Set 213 to win the decider in Hamilton, India managed 208 thanks to a spirited bowling effort from New Zealand.India suffered a setback early when Shikhar Dhawan departed for 5. Vijay Shankar was promoted up the order at No.3 once again and he did not disappoint: he outscored Rohit Sharma and raced away to 43 to set up the chase for India. However, his wicket at a crucial juncture of the match allowed the Black Caps to bounce back.Rishabh Pant, who had played a watchful and mature knock under the guidance of MS Dhoni on Friday, came out all guns blazing and rattled New Zealand with a flurry of sixes. But like Vijay, Pant fell at a critical stage in the chase. Rohit Sharma, meanwhile, had been kept in check; India’s stand-in captain was perhaps waiting to explode later and he watched Hardik Pandya get off to a flier.INDIA VS NEW ZEALAND LIVE SCORE, 3RD T20I: HIGHLIGHTSBut Hardik’s dismissal brought more pressure on India and it was time for Rohit to start attacking. When the skipper fell for 38, it was almost as good as over for India.However, there was a semblance of hope woth MS Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik in the middle. Playing his 300th T20 cricket match, Dhoni fell to Daryl Mitchell for 2 after playing an uncharacteristic shot early in his innings.advertisementKrunal Pandya came out to join Dinesh Karthik in the middle with the required run rate climbing steadily. It was too much of an ask against a disciplined New Zealand attack but Karthik wasn’t going to go down without a fight.India, who were mostly lagged behind the necessary run rate, came to the last over needing 16 runs to win. Tim Southee bowled a tight over and though Dinesh Karthik thrashed the last ball for six, India came up just short.Karthik finished 33 not out and Krunal Pandya 26 not out but India lacked the substantial partnerships that might have lifted it to its winning target.India earlier won the one-day international series 4-1 and Rohit said there were positives despite defeat in the T20s.”It would have been nice to fly back with a series win, but yes, lot of positives through the tour, looking forward to heading home and playing Australia,” Rohit said.Earlier, Colin Munro had led a spirited charge with the bat for New Zealand. He and Tim Seifert added 80 for the opening wicket before the latter fell for 43.Munro top scored with 72 and useful contributions from Kane Williamson and Colin de Grandhomme helped New Zealand post their second 200 plus total of the series.Kuldeep Yadav, who replaced Yuzvendra Chahal for the decider, was India’s best bowler on Sunday. He picked up 2 for 27 off his 4 overs but there was no real support from the other bowlers. The Pandya brothers went for 98 runs off 8 overs while Bhuvneshwar Kumar Khaleel Ahmed conceded 37 and 47 runs off their 4 overs, respectively.Despite the defeat in the T20I series, India will be happy with their overseas journey which started in 2018 with the tour of South Africa.Over the last year, India won an ODI and T20I series in South Africa, T20I series in Ireland and England, Test and ODI series in Australia and an ODI series in New Zealand.Also Read | I am a big fan of Mr Kohli but bigger fan of Mrs Kohli: Banner spotted during Hamilton T20IAlso Read | Lightning quick MS Dhoni stumps Tim Seifert in less than a secondlast_img read more

I don’t agree with MSK Prasad’s explanation on Ambati Rayudu: Mohammad Azharuddin

first_img Press Trust of India HyderabadJuly 22, 2019UPDATED: July 22, 2019 22:54 IST MSK Prasad (l) claimed that there was no bias involved in the decision to not select Ambati Rayudu (r) for the World Cup 2019 (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSMohammad Azharuddin responded to questions on Indian team selectionAzharuddin feels that the selectors should talk to MS Dhoni about his future plansAzharuddin also said that Dhoni should play if he is fit and playing wellSpeaking to reporters in Hyderabad, former India skipper Mohammad Azharuddin differed with the clarification of selection committee chairman MSK Prasad that Ambati Rayudu could not be picked as one of the replacements during the World Cup, as the team management had made a specific request for an opener.”When a person is standing by, I feel the standby person should be picked, if any replacement is needed.”If you are a selector, you can overrule captain and coach. You can put your foot down and say, ‘no, we will send this player’. When I was captain, I also wanted some players but the selectors said no. It happens. You are not selected, it is very sad. It happened like that. But, his (Prasad’s) explanation, I don’t agree with it,” he said.Azharuddin on Monday said communication between the selectors and Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be vital as he enters the winter of his illustrious career amid speculations on retirement.Speculations were rife that the two-time World Cup-winning captain will announce his retirement from international cricket after India’s painful 2019 World Cup semi-final defeat to New Zealand.However, on the eve of the Indian team selection for next month’s tour of the West Indies, Dhoni made himself “unavailable” while ruling out immediate retirement.Asked what is the best way when it comes retirement of big players such as Dhoni, Azharuddin said, “A player wants to play, but selectors have to speak, how long he will play, how he will play, what will happen.advertisement”About big player, the player is also taken into confidence and spoken to. I feel some decision will come. Otherwise, people will keep writing that (he) should retire, not retire. Because no statement has come from Dhoni.”While many experts believe Dhoni is a spent force, Azharuddin felt he can still continue if he has the drive and a body that is 100 percent fit.”My opinion is that if he is fit and playing well, he should play. If he is fit and performance is good, he can play. Sometimes what happens is, interest is lost after playing so much cricket. If his interest is still 100 percent, I feel, he is a good player and he should play,” he said.”But, I just want to request him. Whenever he plays, he should play aggressively. Sometimes, reflexes slow down after a certain age. But, Dhoni, it does not appear that the reflexes are slow. If he plays his natural game more, I feel that will be good for India.”Azharuddin said Dhoni would take the right decision whenever it is to be taken.”He has taken rest for two months. Maybe, he will tell after that what he will do. I feel he will take the right decision whenever it is to be taken,” he said.Azharuddin reiterated that he would contest for the post of president of Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) when elections are held.Azharuddin, former cricketer and ex-president of HCA, Arshad Ayub, and HCA secretary Shesh Narayan, said a decision on the appointment of HCA representative for BCCI was deferred in the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on Sunday.Also Read | MSK Prasad’s stance on Ambati Rayudu doesn’t go down well with BCCIAlso Read | We have to build a team for the T20 World Cup: MSK PrasadFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow MSK PrasadFollow Mohammad Azharuddin I don’t agree with MSK Prasad’s explanation on Ambati Rayudu: Mohammad AzharuddinIndian team’s chief of selectors MSK Prasad had said that Ambati Rayudu wasn’t selected for the World Cup 2019 owing to certain permutations and combinations and thus there was no bias or favouritism involved in the decision.advertisementlast_img read more

Flexible Work Arrangements Will be a Reality – Minister Kellier

first_imgMinister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, says every effort will now be made to ensure that Flexible Work Arrangements become a reality in the country. He informed that a Ministry Paper will be tabled shortly and drafting instructions issued to the Office of the Chief Parliamentary Counsel, to facilitate the requisite legislative amendments. Mr. Kellier was making his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on June 4. [RELATED: Pilot Project Under JEEP to Construct and Maintain Rural Roads] The Minister pointed out that to facilitate across the board implementation, several pieces of legislation are being amended to remove restrictive clauses. Some of these legislations include: the Holidays With Pay Act, the Shops Regulations, the Women (Employment of) Act, the Post Office Regulation, the National Minimum Wage Act and Orders, the Towns and Communities Act, and the Apprenticeship (Motor Mechanic Trade) Order, among others. “Jamaica stands to reap many of the potential benefits of flexible work arrangements, including: increased employment as persons exploit part-time work; opportunities for second employment and job-sharing; increased productivity; and more time for family and personal interests, particularly if a compressed work week is utilized,” Mr. Kellier said.Download 2013/2014 Sectoral Debate: Minister of Labour and Social Security, the Hon. Derrick KellierOther benefits include greater availability of services to customers, due to varied opening hours; more business days, and the resultant reduction in absenteeism to carry out personal business during working hours; and a reduction in the traffic congestion now experienced during peak hours.The term ‘Flexible Work Arrangements’ refers to a variable work schedule, and incorporates the following: flexi-time, which allows the worker and employer the opportunity to arrange the traditional 40-hour work week as best suits their needs; part-time work with benefits; telecommuting; job-sharing and a compressed work week.Contact: Latonya Lintonlast_img read more

The Tale of Two Nazanins Book Launch and Presentation

first_imgOne woman’s struggle for her life in Iran and the efforts of another in Canada to help her will be explored Monday, June 4, in Halifax. The launch of The Tale of Two Nazanins, by activist and author Nazanin Afshin-Jam MacKay, is being presented by the Human Rights Commission and the Keshen Goodman Public Library to promote and raise awareness of the importance of human rights. Fifty per cent of Ms. Afshin-Jam MacKay’s proceeds from book sales will go toward initiatives that address violence against women and children. The Tale of Two Nazanins is the story of two women who shared a name but led completely different lives. Nazanin Afshin-Jam MacKay is a Canadian human rights activist and recording artist, who was first runner-up for Miss World. Teen Nazanin Fatehi was facing execution in Iran as punishment for stabbing a man who had tried to rape her. After an e-mail in 2006 brought the two Nazanins together, Ms. Afshin-Jam MacKay worked desperately to save her. The Tale of Two Nazanins is their story. “Nothing can replace a true story, such as The Tale of Two Nazanins, to make us realize the effect the abuse of human rights can have on people,” said commission director and CEO David Shannon. “But at the same time nothing can have the impact of a true story to show us how tenacity and a strong will can overcome those abuses.” “Halifax Public Libraries is delighted to be partnering with the commission in presenting Nazanin Afshin-Jam MacKay and her important work to our community,” said Heather MacKenzie, branch manager. “As a space for all people to have free access to information on ideas and issues impacting our world, the public library is a natural venue for this event. Ms. Afshin-Jam MacKay’s bookwill also be an important addition to our library collection so anyone interested can become more informed about her work. We are honoured to welcome Nazanin to the library.” “Now that I call Nova Scotia home, I am thrilled to be able to share this story with the community that has been so supportive of my work, ” said Ms. Afshin-Jam MacKay. “I am hoping that through this book more awareness will spread on the daily human rights injustices people face in Iran and I hope it will inspire others to get actively involved in issues they hold close to their heart.” Ms. Afshin-Jam MacKay will make a presentation and take questions. A reception will follow. The launch begins at 6 p.m. and the library is at 330 Lacewood Dr.last_img read more

WBJEE 2019 Nine out of 10 on merit list from CBSE ISC

first_imgKolkata: Nine out of ten students whose names have figured in the merit list of West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination this year hail from CBSE and ICSE/ISC boards. The only position on the merit list from a school in Bengal Board has been bagged by Arka Das of Sarada Vidyapith, Sri R K Pally of Sonarpur.Interestingly, three positions on the merit list have gone to Hemsheela Model School, Durgapur, which is affiliated to CBSE board. Soham Mistri has come first and Koustav Sen has come third, while Subhajyoti Ghosh has bagged the tenth position. South Point School, which is also affiliated to CBSE, has two names on the merit list. Tamajit Banerjee has stood second while Angikar Ghosal has secured the fourth position. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaSnehinh Sen of Delhi Public School at Ruby Park, Kasba, has stood sixth, while Vinit Raj, who has bagged the seventh spot, is a student of Burnpur Riverside School which is also affiliated to CBSE board. The eighth and ninth positions have gone to Rishabh Agarwal of Purwanchal Vidyamandir in Salt Lake and Abhinav Dutta of Sudhir Memorial Institute, Jessore Road, Doltala, both affiliated to ISC board. The first three rank holders will pursue their engineering studies outside the state. Soham Mistri, the first rank holder of the state Joint Entrance, had ranked 48 in JEE (Advanced) and will pursue computer engineering at IIT Mumbai. Tamajit Banerjee will study Computer Science at IIT Delhi or Mumbai, while Koustav Sen will study the same subject at IIT Mumbai. Koustav has ranked 42 in JEE (Advanced) and secured the first position in the same examination from Bengal.last_img read more

Stars Ask What Did You Do About Animal Cruelty

first_imgWhen you learned about the cruelty inflicted annually on billions of farm animals, “What Did You Do?”Video: “What Did They Do?” when they learned about animal cruelty.That’s the question Farm Sanctuary, the largest farm animal rescue and protection organization in the U.S., is asking millions of people around the world through a new campaign that boldly asserts that future generations will ask us the same questions about factory farming cruelty that have been asked of past generations about slavery and the oppression of women.Beginning on September 23rd and counting down through “World Day for Farmed Animals” on October 2nd, this unprecedented fundraising and educational campaign will activate people everywhere to help farm animals—and avoid future condemnation— by joining celebrity supporters including Mayim Bialik, Leona Lewis, Russell Simmons, Emily Deschanel, Kevin Nealon, Fred Willard, Shannon Elizabeth, and Joan Jett, to raise awareness about the abuses of factory farming and critical funds to help its animal victims.“From YouTube videos, to public education campaigns, to major network news coverage of the latest undercover investigations, we’ve reached a critical point in history where the cruel treatment of animals on factory farms is no longer a secret,” says Gene Baur, president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary. “It’s now up to us to decide what our response will be to an industry that inflicts unthinkable pain and suffering on 9 billion animals a year. When future generations look back on this moment in time, they will wonder, ‘What Did You Do?’ when you learned about this animal cruelty.”The campaign’s online destination, wdyd.farmsanctuary.org, offers an extravaganza of information and inspiration for newcomers and seasoned activists alike including celebrity videos, prizes, amazing animal rescue stories, awesome vegan recipes, and tips on compassionate living. Longtime advocates will be asked to share what they did when they first learned about farm animal cruelty, and those never before exposed to the important and astounding facts about farm animal treatment will be shown simple things they CAN do, such as write a letter to Congress, share a video with their social network, or donate to their favorite team (Teams Cluck, Oink, Moo, or Gobble) through CROWDRISE, the campaign’s official partner.Factory farms dominate U.S. food production, employing abusive practices that maximize their profits at the expense of animal welfare, as well as endanger the environment, our communities, and even our health. Farm Sanctuary has rescued countless farm animals from the extreme confinement, overcrowding, illness, mutilation, and pain inflicted on them at factory farms.To learn more and answer the question “What Did You Do?” visit wdyd.farmsanctuary.org.Farm Sanctuary operates three shelters in New York and California that provide lifelong care for nearly 1,000 rescued farm animals, works to change laws to decrease abuse of farm animals, and promotes compassionate vegan living.last_img read more

African Ambassadors Shocked by Algerias FMs Statements Against Morocco

Rabat – The African diplomatic corps in Rabat has distanced itself from the verbal blunders of the Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdelkader Messahel, against Morocco, reported Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).Speaking on behalf of the African ambassadors to Rabat, Nimaga Ismaila, Ambassador of the Central African Republic to Morocco and dean of the African diplomatic corps, said that African ambassadors were taken aback by the recent statements of the Algerian foreign minister, Abdelkader Messahel, who accused Moroccan banks of “laundering drug money in Africa.”“The heads of missions of the African countries took note with astonishment of the statements of the Algerian Minister for Foreign Affairs,” said Ismaila. In a statement to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) on the sidelines of the briefing meetings held Saturday by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation with African ambassadors accredited in Rabat, Ismaila said that “such statements only exacerbate the situation.”Ismaila said that involving African heads of states in the accusations of the Algerian foreign minister as a very “daring” move. He added that the African heads of state will meet in Addis Ababa soon, and that this will be an opportunity to demand “explanations” on their involvement in such statements.For the dean of the African diplomatic corps, the statements of the Algerian minister are incomprehensible, given the fact that “the African heads of state welcomed, unanimously, the return of Morocco to the African Union, or rather the regularization of his situation, because Morocco has never left his family.”The Ambassador of the Central African Republic to Morocco added that these misguided declarations come at a time “when all the international powers have recognized and supported Morocco’s vision with regard to the Sahara issue, recalling that Morocco’s proposal is the most credible and reasonable.”In a debate with business leaders in Algeria’s capital, Algiers, on Friday, Messahel bluntly accused Morocco of “laundering cannabis money via its banks in the continent,” pretending that the African leaders told him so.He also claimed that Morocco’s state-owned carrier, Royal Air Maroc, “carries something other than passengers” to African destinations, insinuating that it transports drugs.In response, Morocco recalled its ambassador to Algeria, stressing that Messahel’s comments displayed “an unprecedented level of irresponsibility in the history of bilateral relations.”“They reflected a deep and inexplicable ignorance of the basic workings of the banking system and civil aviation”, the ministry said.Morocco’s banking industry also “vigorously” rejected the “serious” and “misleading” allegations of the head of Algeria’s diplomacy.Royal Air Maroc has denounced the “slanderous” accusations that the Algerian Foreign Minister levelled against it.Morocco and Algeria have long had tense diplomatic relations because of Algeria’s support for the Polsario, and its attempts to destabilize Morocco. Borders between the two countries have been closed since 1994. read more

Average US price of gas drops 9 cents per gallon to 284

CAMARILLO, Calif. — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline dropped 9 cents per gallon (3.8 litres) over the past three weeks, to $2.84.Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey says Sunday that lower crude oil prices contributed to the drop at the pump.The price is 17 cents lower than what it was a year ago.The highest average price in the nation is $3.94 a gallon in the San Francisco Bay Area.The lowest average is $2.27 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.The average price of diesel fell by 4 cents since May 17, to $3.12.The Associated Press read more

Supreme Court says punches can keep flying in Raging Bull lawsuit

Supreme Court says punches can keep flying in ‘Raging Bull’ lawsuit WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a copyright lawsuit over the 1980 Oscar-winning movie “Raging Bull” can go forward, a decision that could open Hollywood studios to more claims from people seeking a share of profits from classic films, TV shows and other creative works.In a 6-3 decision, the justices said that Paula Petrella, daughter of the late screenwriter Frank Petrella, did not wait too long to file her lawsuit against Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer claiming an interest in the film.Petrella’s father collaborated with legendary boxer Jake LaMotta on a book and two screenplays, which inspired the movie directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert DeNiro. The elder Petrella died in 1981 and the copyrights passed to his daughter.She sued MGM in 2009 seeking royalties from continuing commercial use of the film. But a federal judge said she waited too long because she had been aware of the potential to file a lawsuit as early as 1991. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed, relying on the studio’s argument that Petrella’s delay of nearly two decades in bringing the case was unreasonable.The Supreme Court reversed that ruling, giving Petrella a chance to resurrect her lawsuit. The ruling was a blow to movie studios, which have long relied on the legal doctrine of unreasonable delay to prevent distant relatives and estates from bringing copyright claims years or decades after movies have been released.“What you have now is the ability for a plaintiff to come out of the woodwork and say that some creative work that was a hit in the 70s, 80s or 90s belonged to them,” said Brad Newberg a copyright law expert at the Reed Smith law firm in Northern Virginia. “I would say there’s now going to be an explosion of these types of cases.”Federal copyright law allows people to bring copyright claims within three years of an infringing act. Petrella’s claim fell within that time because the studio continued to release the film on DVD and other formats for years and every new release essentially reset the clock for copyright purposes.MGM argued that Petrella delayed filing her case on purpose in hopes of getting more money, saying she waited until after the 25th anniversary of the movie in 2005 to press her claim. Meanwhile, the studio had invested $8.5 million to distribute and promote the film assuming there was no other claim to ownership.That wasn’t a problem for the high court. Writing for the majority, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said there “is nothing untoward about waiting to see whether an infringer is making money, so that litigation is worth the candle.”Ginsburg said Petrella notified the studio of her copyright claims in 1991, well before MGM invested millions of dollars in releasing a new edition of the film. Allowing Petrella’s suit to go forward “will put at risk only a fraction of the income MGM has earned during that period and will work no unjust hardship on innocent third parties, such as consumers who have purchased copies of ‘Raging Bull,’” Ginsburg said.Ginsburg was joined by Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.In dissent, Justice Stephen Breyer said the legal doctrine of unreasonable delay should apply to Petrella’s case because she waited 18 years after renewing her copyright to file a lawsuit. The effect of delaying legal action can give plaintiffs an unfair advantage in a copyright claim as witnesses die and memories fade, Breyer said, and should be a viable defence.Breyer was joined in dissent by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy.Groups including the Motion Picture Association of America, Consumer Electronics Association, DirecTV and TiVo sided with MGM, arguing that it’s unfair to allow plaintiffs to wait years or decades to file copyright claims while studios invest millions in their products.But Petrella won support from groups including the Authors Guild and the Songwriters Guild of America. They argued that the rolling three-year copyright protection is fair to artists and gives them incentive to create their works.The case is Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc., 12-1315.___Follow Sam Hananel on Twitter at http://twitter.com/SamHananelAP FILE – This 1980 undated handout file photo shows Robert De Niro as Jake La Motta in a boxing scene from Martin Scorsese’s film “Raging Bull.” The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a copyright dispute over the 1980 Oscar-winning movie “Raging Bull” can go another round in court. The justices said in a 6-3 decision that Paula Petrella, daughter of the late screenwriter Frank Petrella, did not wait too long to file her lawsuit against Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer claiming an interest in the film. (AP Photo, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Sam Hananel, The Associated Press Posted May 19, 2014 8:17 am MDT read more

Mali UN genocide adviser warns of reprisals against Tuareg and Arab populations

“While the liberation of towns once under the control of the rebel and extremist groups has brought hope to the populations of northern Mali, I am deeply concerned at the risk of reprisal attacks against ethnic Tuareg and Arab civilians,” the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, said in a statement.Fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels broke out in northern Mali last January, after which radical Islamists seized control of the area. The conflict uprooted thousands of people and prompted the Malian Government to request military assistance from France to stop the progression of extremist groups.Mr. Dieng said he was concerned over allegations of human rights violations committed by the Malian army, including summary executions and disappearances, in Sevaré, Mopti, Niono and other towns close to the areas where fighting has occurred. There have also been reports of incidents of mob lynching and looting of properties belonging to Arab and Tuareg communities, who have reportedly been accused of supporting armed groups based on their ethnicity.“I am deeply disturbed by reports of violations committed by the army, and by reports that the armed forces have been recruiting and arming proxy militia groups to instigate attacks against particular ethnic and national groups in northern Mali,” Mr. Dieng said.“I call on the Malian army to discharge its responsibility to protect all populations, irrespective of their race or ethnicity.” Last month, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, opened an investigation into alleged crimes committed in Mali since January 2012 – including murder, torture and rape – with a focus on the northern part of the country.Mr. Dieng welcomed that decision and urged all parties in the country to adhere to international humanitarian and human rights law.Meanwhile, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today warned that while many displaced people are eager to return home, reports of unrest and revenge attacks against Tuaregs and Arabs, as well as closed roads and a lack of bus services to certain cities, are posing challenges for them to return safely. “In the capital, Bamako, we have interviewed displaced families who say they are ready to return to their homes in the Gao, Timbuktu and Kidal regions, as soon as the roads to the north are re-opened,” UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards told reporters in Geneva.“Shortages of food, fuel and electricity, as well as disruption to basic services such as health and education, are also mentioned by those people who at present prefer to wait and see before returning to the north.”Many internally displaced people have reported that their houses in the north have been damaged or destroyed and families with children attending schools in Bamako said they will not return to the north after the end of the school year in June.Another concern is the presence of anti-personnel landmines and unexploded ordnance threatening the civilian population and aid agencies hoping to help them, Mr. Edwards said. UNHCR also reported that Malian refugees continue to cross into neighbouring countries to flee the fighting or because of fear of reprisals. read more

Ban says UNEU strategic partnership key as world faces multiple crises

In remarks delivered to the Security Council on cooperation between the UN and the EU, Mr. Ban told delegates that the “strategic partnership” between the two organizations “runs deep” as both share “common values and are committed to the peaceful collective management of security challenges to avoid conflict.”“In recent years, the United Nations and the EU have made significant strides in working together for peace and security around the world,” he continued. “But we still encounter difficulties in mobilizing early action before a situation visibly deteriorates.”As a solution, Mr. Ban explained, rapid and effective political engagement remained “the single most important element for success” in preventive diplomacy efforts as the two bodies continue to tackle a range of international challenges together. The continent of Africa, in fact, offered the best examples of the comprehensive and complementary nature of the UN – EU partnership, he said. In Mali, for instance, the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSMA) was working “very closely” with the EU and “benefitting from the uniformed contributions of 13 European Member States.” Meanwhile, in the Central African Republic, MINUSCA, as the UN mission there is known, has been working “effectively” with European forces, putting it “on track for a seamless handover by mid-March.” The experience, he added, showed the “tremendous potential for EU operations to deploy as bridging mechanisms to UN missions.”“Given the magnitude of the challenges we face, it is our responsibility to continue exploring scenarios where we can put our combined efforts to use,” Mr. Ban continued. In addition to the breadth of peace and security crises that had converged UN and EU attention, the uptick in global terrorism also remained a point of concern which required “a global and holistic response that upholds human rights and does not exacerbate the problem.”The Secretary-General reassured those gathered that the UN remained “strongly committed” to working with the EU and other stakeholders in discouraging the rising phenomenon of foreign terrorist fighters who, he said, posed dangers “within and beyond Europe.”“While we all recognize that much remains to be done, our joint work over the past years has developed a solid foundation on which to build and deliver results for the people we serve.”Mr. Ban also met today with Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs Security Policy, to discuss the work to be done in the “multilateral arena” in 2015 which would be “particularly important in helping shape our common future,” according to a readout released earlier this morning.In the readout, the UN spokesperson’s office noted that both Mr. Ban and Ms. Mogherini confirmed that their organizations would work together on, among other things, the sustainable development agenda, climate change, and gender equality and the empowerment of women. Moreover, on Ukraine, they agreed that the implementation of the Minsk Accords was still “the overarching priority.”During his remarks to the Security Council, the Secretary-General indeed reiterated the need for all to “collectively work towards a peaceful, political resolution” to the Ukraine conflict which, he cautioned, not only threatened the country but “the broader European region and even international security.” read more

2010 lannée de Twitter

first_img2010, l’année de TwitterTwitter compte désormais 160 millions d’utilisateurs. Selon une étude, le blog social a vu exploser le nombre d’inscriptions cette année. Twitter a changé de profil cette année. Entre janvier et août, 44% des utilisateurs actuels ont rejoint le site. Forcément, cette affluence a permis une certaine évolution du site de micro-blogging, qui compte aujourd’hui 160 millions d’inscrits. Les bloggeurs répondent à la question “Que se passe-t-il ?” alors qu’auparavant, Twitter demandait “Que faites-vous?”. Ainsi, les statuts sont plus intéressants et peuvent faire partager un fait d’actualité ou un événement. “Twitter n’est pas un réseau social, c’est un réseau d’information”, n’hésite pas à lancer un dirigeant du site au Figaro. La seule ombre au tableau est l’analyse qui révèle que seuls 22,5% des utilisateurs génèrent 90% des messages. Par ailleurs, 69% des blogueurs partagent des informations personnelles sur leur mur, contre 31% en 2009 : “Cela montre qu’un nombre significativement supérieur d’utilisateurs Twitter accepte de fournir des informations sur eux-mêmes, suggérant l’importance croissante d’avoir un profil public sur l’un des premiers réseaux sociaux”, assure le cabinet Somyos, qui a mené cette nouvelle étude. “La part croissante d’informations personnelles disponibles rend plus facile pour les entreprises de cibler les individus selon leurs intérêts, profession ou localisation”. Les grands gagnants seraient-ils les entreprises en quête de cibles pour leurs publicités ? Le 28 décembre 2010 à 12:49 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Klopp thanks Liverpool fans for Karuis reception

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has thanked the club supporters for the reception they gave Loris Karius in Tuesday’s friendly home win over TorinoThe Reds wrapped up their pre-season preparations by defeating Torino 3-1 in what was their first game at Anfield this summer with goals from Roberto Firmino, Georginio Wijnaldum and Daniel Sturridge.The game also saw Karius make his first appearance at Anfield since his infamous blunders in Liverpool’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid in May.It has not been an easy time for the German goalkeeper, who has recently been displaced as the number one by new record signing Allison after making more mistakes earlier this summer.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.But the Liverpool fans gave the 24-year-old a rousing reception and Klopp later thanked them for their support in these difficult circumstances for Karius.“It helps everybody. I haven’t spoken to him because I was immediately in the signing session, if you want. I was not surprised, to be honest, but as a human being I was hoping for it, that it would be like this,” said Klopp on the club website.“I loved it, to be honest. Is it possible being different in a really hard world? Yes, I think it is possible. We showed tonight a really nice face and I liked it. It helps not only Loris, it helps Alisson as well, that you can see this is a very special place. It was a really big gesture.”Liverpool will face West Ham United at home on Sunday for their first Premier League game of the new season.last_img read more

Ralph Hasenhuttl is not afraid of Premier Leagues top six sides

first_imgSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl believes he’s already proven he can go head-to-head with the Premier League’s big guns.Since replacing the fired Mark Hughes in December, Hasenhuttl has won four of his 13 games in charge at Southampton and will be chasing number five at Arsenal on Sunday.The former RB Leipzig coach famously grabbed his first victory for Southampton against Arsenal at St Mary’s and, in the process, ended the Gunners’ 22-match unbeaten run.The Saints also held Chelsea to a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge last month and, therefore, Hasenhuttl sees no reason why he should fear Arsenal or any other top team in the Premier League.“We are focusing on the game against a difficult opponent, a very good opponent that we beat once already this year in a big game with a fantastic performance,” said Hasenhuttl, according to Sky Sports.“I’m not afraid about all the big teams because we showed against Chelsea and Arsenal that we can also play against these teams in good matches and we will need to, that’s for sure.“Every game is difficult but I think in the first game we showed that we can bring this surprising result.”Despite the strong results against the big teams, however, Southampton have fallen back into the relegation zone upon failing to win their last three games.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“To take something in the Emirates Stadium is far away from being easy but we don’t think about that,” said Hassenhuttl.“We know that we can be an opponent in an away game that’s not easy to beat, and that’s the only thing that interests us.“That we can be a strong opponent, that we can take another clean sheet in London, like we did against Chelsea.”The Southampton and Arsenal game will take place at the Emirates Stadium with kick-off set for 3:05 PM (CET).Ready for a big week ahead! 👊 #saintsfc pic.twitter.com/zQ2eALTtlB— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) February 23, 2019last_img read more

Oregon GMO labeling backers concede

first_imgSALEM, Ore. — Proponents of an Oregon ballot measure requiring labels on genetically modified foods conceded defeat Thursday after a judge ruled against them and an automatic recount appeared unlikely to sway the outcome.The Yes on 92 campaign said there are no legal options remaining that could lead them to victory.“The labeling movement will continue to grow,” the campaign said in a statement. “We draw strength from the fact that we came so achingly close to winning this vote, despite being outspent by more than $12 million.”Measure 92 was defeated by just 812 votes out of 1.5 million, triggering an automatic recount. The second tally showed a net shift of 25 votes against the initiative. The results cover all 36 counties but have not yet been certified.The proponents said they would continue working toward a labeling requirement for genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, but stopped short of promising a 2016 campaign.The initiative would have required manufacturers, retailers and suppliers to label raw or packaged foods produced entirely or partially by genetic engineering.“After looking at the facts about Measure 92, Oregon voters decided that it rightly deserved a no vote,” Pat McCormick, a spokesman for the No on 92 Coalition, said in a statement.last_img read more

Fairbanks Police Department under fire at city council meeting

first_imgThe Fairbanks Police Department came under criticism at last night’s city council meeting.Download AudioDuring citizen’s comments, Fairbanks resident and Alaska Native Daisy Stevens questioned the department’s handling of recent and past homicide investigations.“There’s been several murders in this town, all involving Natives, and not one of them has been solved. What’s up with that?” Stevens said. “It didn’t take them long to arrest the Fairbanks Four when it came to John Hartman, who was a white kid. Now tell me the difference of what’s going on here.”Local law enforcement is under heightened scrutiny in light of the ongoing Fairbanks 4 hearing during which evidence surrounding the 1997 murder of John Hartman is being reviewed as a judge considers the possible innocence by four Native men convicted of the crime.At last night’s council meeting another Alaska Native Fairbanks resident Darlene Herbert referred to the long contested case in calling for an internal investigation of the police department.“You need to come up with that money and do that,” Herbert said. “And there are some names mentioned and they are still on the force working. And that is very scary when you think about it.”Mayor John Eberhart responded to concerns, saying that the city is regularly meeting with leaders of local Alaska Native organizations, including the Tanana Chiefs Conference, Doyon and Fairbanks Native Association, but is holding off on a formal investigation pending completion of the Fairbanks Four hearing“We were advised by someone with the state that there’s information we wouldn’t know that may come out in this proceeding, so it would be premature, we felt, to conduct such a review,” he said.Mayor Eberhart also offered some defense of local Police.“There are many fine people who work next door at the police department and dispatch. Most of them weren’t here in 1997. There are few people who were, here still.,” Eberhart said. “And I have made it very clear to Chief Aragon, that if it becomes know through this case or otherwise that someone who’s still with us did something illegal or unethical, inappropriate, there’s gonna be appropriate disciplinary action – up to, and including, termination.”Eberhart says Police Chief Randall Aragon was hired one year ago to provide a new perspective on the department. A downtown rally in support of the Fairbanks Four drew hundreds last night. Their post-conviction relief petition hearing is expected to run at least through the end of the month.last_img read more

MurkowskiWarren letter slams White Houses response to opioid epidemic

first_imgSen. Lisa Murkowski at the Capital in July, 2017 (Photo by Liz Ruskin).On Thursday, Alaska Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski sent a letter with her Democratic colleague Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts to the president regarding the nation-wide opioid epidemic.The four-page document frames the health crisis as a bipartisan issue, and lays blame for a lackluster policy response squarely in one place.Listen nowMurkowski and Warren are critical of President Donald Trump’s response to the opioid crisis, specifically what they believe is a lack of action from the administration after promising to tackle the issue.The senators point to a statement the president made in August at his Bedminster, NJ golf club.“The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I’m saying officially right now it is an emergency, it’s a national emergency,” Trump said August 10th in a response to a question from a reporter. “We’re going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis.”“But do you need emergency powers to address it?” the reporter followed up.“We’re going to draw it up and we’re going to make it a national emergency,” Trump replied. “It is a serious problem, the likes of which we have never had.”The designation of a “national emergency” is significant because it unlocks funding and can potentially waive federal rules that would make access to treatment more widely available.Just two days earlier, on August 8th, former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price stopped short of pushing for an official declaration, saying the federal government could bring the necessary resources to bear on the problem without the designation.In their letter to Trump, Warren and Murkowski wrote, “We are extremely concerned that 63 days after your statement you have yet to take the necessary steps to declare a national emergency on opioids, nor have you made any proposals to significantly increase funding to combat the epidemic.”Alaska and Massachusetts are two of the six states that have declared health emergencies related to opioids and heroin.In the months since Governor Bill Walker declared a public health emergency, first-responders, volunteers and law enforcement officials have been able to get thousands of doses of the overdose-reversing medication nalaxone. The move also allowed state officials to pursue federal grants and new treatment programs aimed at curbing addiction, and it spurred the Legislature to pass bills that reduce access to prescription pain medications.The senators point to guidance issued by the Trump administration’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, which recommended the federal government follow steps taken by states like Alaska and Massachusetts.Both Warren and Murkowski sit on the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee. They’ve been signatories together on similar bipartisan efforts under the current administration, like a March letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking for clarity on federal marijuana enforcement.A spokesman for Senator Dan Sullivan said he didn’t sign the letter because had not had time to thoroughly review it in advance.last_img read more

Senate votes aye on Balash

first_imgJoe Balash is confirmed as an assistant secretary of the Interior Department. (Liz Ruskin)The U.S. Senate Thursday confirmed Alaskan Joe Balash as assistant secretary of Interior for land and minerals management.Listen nowBalash was Alaska’s commissioner of Natural Resources, then became chief of staff for Sen. Dan Sullivan. Both of Alaska’s senators say he’s well qualified for the job, which puts him in charge of the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and other offices.But there was dissent. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., pointed out that Balash pressed Alaska’s failed claim to 20,000 acres on the edge of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Cantwell argued that if Balash has the Interior job, he’ll be able to act as judge on his old case.“That claim that was turned down, he could reverse that,” Cantwell said.When asked about recusals at his confirmation hearing, Balash said he would consult with the department’s ethics officer and comply with the rules. Cantwell says the rules are too lax.Sullivan says Balash’s experience is an asset.“When you have someone who has worked on land issues in a state, the idea of making yourself be recused because you have expertise and policy from your state job when you go into a federal job, to me, seems outrageous,” Sullivan said.In the end, Balash won a bipartisan vote, 61-38.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, says he’s looking forward to Balash playing a critical role in coal country.last_img read more

Stay away from transfer game yogi Adityanath to new Ministers

first_imgLucknow: In his first sermon to the newly-inducted Ministers, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has asked them to stay away from the ‘business of transfers and postings’. Addressing the ministers, old and new, late on Wednesday, the Chief Minister said he has “zero tolerance for corruption and would not hesitate in taking action if anyone indulged in it”. Also Read – BJP launches anti-AAP campaign to save Delhi Advertise With Us “You should ensure that your family members do not interfere in your Ministry. Your lifestyle should be simple and you should be sensitive and responsive towards the people,” Yogi pulled out his dos and don’ts much in the same line as Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the new Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha members joined office. He further said that the Ministers must keep an eye on their private staff since they tend to indulge in corruption. Also Read – In his first after abrogation of Art 370, Army chief to visit Srinagar today Advertise With Us He asked Ministers to stay in state-owned guest houses instead of hotels during their visits to various districts. The Chief Minister asked the ministers to review the kind of complaints being posted on the ‘Jan Sunwai’ portal and the Chief Minister’s helpline and ensure that redressal of complaints related to their departments. The Ministers were also asked to ensure effective implementation of the welfare schemes launched by the Modi and Yogi governments. Advertise With Us He cited the example of ministers who had performed well and had been promoted in the Wednesday’s reshuffle. “Mahendra Singh has done commendable work. Under his leadership, his Department of Rural Development won 12 national awards. He has played a crucial role in providing record employment under the PM Housing Scheme and MNREGA. UP, which was at the 23rd position in this, is now leading,” Yogi Adityanath said. He praised Sugarcane Minister Suresh Rana who had ensured record payment of cane dues to farmers. “More than Rs 72,000 crore have been paid to farmers in the last 2.5 years — more than what SP and BSP paid in 10 years. He got defunct sugar mills functional and ensured zero liquid discharge. He has ensured several changes to benefit farmers,” the Chief Minister said. Adityanath repeatedly stressed on the need for honesty and transparency in public life and asked the new ministers to follow the rule.last_img read more

Bosss special movie date with his fans

first_imgMumbai, Oct 16 (ANI): B-Towns very own Khiladi Kumar surely knows how to keep his fans happy. And continuing with his pleasing gestures Akshay hosted a special screening of his latest release ‘Boss’ at a suburban theatre in Mumbai a day before the release of the film. On the occasion Akshay sang and danced with his fans that were there from all over the country to support him. He even expressed his gratitude for the unconditional love given to him by his fans. Directed by Anthony D’Souza, Boss is out in theaters near you to watch it.last_img read more