Indian-origin MP Priti Patel Under Fire Over Brexit Remarks

first_imgA prominent Indian-origin Brexiteer MP has come under pressure over her suggestion that potential food shortages between borders could be used as leverage to secure a better deal from the EU, ahead of a crucial vote in the UK Parliament next week over Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal.Read it at Hindustan TImes Related Itemslast_img

Russian Athletics Officials Suspended for Obstructing Doping Investigation

first_imgParis: The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) on Thursday charged the Russian athletics federation (RUSAF) with “serious breaches” of anti-doping rules, including obstructing an investigation.The charges relate to the conduct of senior RUSAF officials during an investigation into “whereabouts” violations committed by Russian high-jumper Danil Lysenko. RUSAF president Dmitry Shlyakhtin and executive director Alexander Parkin, the athlete and his coach have been provisionally suspended.British newspaper The Sunday Times ran a story in September alleging that RUSAF officials had fabricated documents to show that Lysenko, the 2017 world silver medallist, was too ill to provide his whereabouts after failing to make himself available for out-of-competition drug testing.A 15-month AIU investigation concluded that RUSAF officials had been involved in the “provision of false explanations and forged documents to the AIU in order to explain whereabouts failures by the athlete”.RUSAF spokesperson Natalia Ioukhareva told TASS news agency the suspension was a temporary one and that lawyers were examining the charges.”We only received the documents today (Thursday). Our lawyers are studying the circumstances of the matter and the charges that have been brought. The ban is provisional, the inquiry is ongoing and the details are confidential,” Ioukhareva said.The 22-year-old Lysenko, who also won gold at the 2018 World Indoor Athletics Championships, had been authorised as a neutral athlete to compete in international competition following the suspension of RUSAF.Any combination of three missed tests or filing failures within a 12-month period is considered a violation of anti-doping rules.A notice of charge was issued against Lysenko and provisional suspension imposed on August 3, 2018.Following that charge, Lysenko said he had never tried to avoid a test.”I have been negligent concerning my whereabouts on the ADAMS system,” he told French sports daily L’Equipe at the time.”I have always submitted to tests in or out of competition and have never refused to pass a test, nor have I ever hidden from a test.””My career is not over, I’ll keep training and hope for a just decision,” he said.The AIU notified Lysenko of his third whereabouts failure on June 25, 2018. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Athletics Integrity UnitDopingRussian athletics federation First Published: November 22, 2019, 4:10 PM ISTlast_img read more

Jarin says NU ‘didn’t show up’ in loss to UE

first_imgBecoming his own man Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. This jewelry designer is also an architect Photo from UAAPMANILA, Philippines—National University not only ended the first round of the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament with the worst record, it also had the most heartbreaking losses of any team.The Bulldogs lost three games by just one point, fell to University of Santo Tomas in overtime, suffered a blowout to Ateneo and was just out of it against University of the East.ADVERTISEMENT DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:58UE’s rookie coach Silva ‘honored’ to be in same league as champion coaches, former mentors00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue UE stops skid, overcomes NU to end 1st round campaign Dave Ildefonso was called with an unsportsmanlike foul on Nick Abanto with 46.1 seconds to play and the latter dutifully scored his free throw giving UE a two-possession lead, 76-72.“We need to recover, fast. This first round is done so we got the second round coming in and we have a week to prepare for it,” said Jarin. “Hopefully, we get it back.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? LATEST STORIES Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The string of losses even led to a hashtag #SadNU trended online and after the Bulldogs’ 78-72 defeat to the Red Warriors, head coach Jamike Jarin couldn’t help but feel dejected.“It’s very frustrating, of all the losses we’ve had this game against UE was something we deserved to lose,” said Jarin Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “We didn’t show up, the start of the game we were very complacent. We were passive and we didn’t play our usual game. We didn’t defend.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40NU trailed much of the game against the Red Warriors and only put up a semblance of a fight in the fourth quarter when the Bulldogs got to within one, 69-68, after a 9-0 run.The Red Warriors, however, were quick to retaliate with the help of NU falling apart in the final minute. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

England vs Argentina final in World Cup 2018: David Beckham’s bold prediction

first_imgDavid Beckham has predicted England will play Argentina in the final of the 2018 World Cup.While England overcame gutsy Tunisia thanks to Harry Kane’s brace, Argentina were held to a 1-1 draw by debutants Iceland.England won the World Cup only once – way back in 1966. Argentina were runners-up in 2014 when Germany lifted the title.Having led Argentina to an agonizing final defeat by Germany four years ago, Messi turns 31 in a few days and may be playing his last World Cup. He would need to win it to rival fellow great Diego Maradona for the eternal love of his compatriots.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThose who followed closely Argentina’s shaky qualification for the World Cup were not so shocked by the result against Iceland, and do not expect them to roll over Croatia despite their abundance of individual talent.For reasons hard to fathom, they have looked ponderous and lacking in creative thrust throughout coach Jorge Sampaoli’s year in charge despite boasting Messi and other big names like Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria.However, Beckham, a former England captain, has backed Argentina to go the distance and seal a berth in the title clash. More significantly, he felt England could go through to the final as well. Their next match is scheduled against Panama on June 24 and then against Belgium on June 28.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLE”I believe Argentina will play against England in the final,” Beckham said. “I think obviously my choice would be England to win the competition, but that’s me being biased and passionate about my country,” he added.advertisement”I’m very happy that we won the first game in the group,” he said. “England is a very young team, they don’t have a lot of experience yet and the journey of the World Cup will become harder and harder because there are many good teams in the tournament.”Some of the hot pre-tournament favourites have not looked the part so fair in the World Cup. Germany were stunned by Mexico in their opening match while Portugal and Spain somehow held on for 1-0 victories against Morocco and Iran.Maybe Beckham feels, England and Argentina have a real chance now with some of the top teams struggling but it would be interesting to see how his prediction plays out over the next few weeks.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Poco F1, ZenFone Max Pro M2, Honor 8X are amongst best smartphones under Rs 20,000

first_imgWhile smartphone manufacturers are busy rolling out flagship grade devices with new innovative features, it’s the sub-Rs 20,000 segment where the action really happens on a vast scale. Last year, Xiaomi and Asus came up with competitive options in this segment, aiming to outdo each other with more powerful specifications and brand new features. Honor and Realme also have a fairly strong offering in this segment.If you are in the market for a smartphone below Rs 20,000, following are some of the best options to consider:Poco F1: Rs 19,999Xiaomi had stunned the world with the Poco F1 in 2018. The company came up with a smartphone that offered a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset paired with liquid cooling and a large 4000mAh battery for the price of a midrange smartphone. After recent price deductions, the base variant of the Poco F1 starts at Rs 19,999. You get 6GB RAM and 64GB storage as standard. The Poco F1 runs on MIUI 10 with Android Pie underneath. It also packs several intuitive features such as IR face unlock and a capable 12-megapixel + 5-megapixel dual rear camera setup. The front sports a 20-megapixel sensor for dealing with selfies. The Poco F1 is available in Graphite Black, Rosso Red and Steel Blue. Keep looking for offers on Flipkart that offer the Poco F1 sometimes for as low as Rs 17,000.Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2: Rs 12,999 – Rs 16,999 Asus’ latest offering for less than Rs 20,000 is a great all-around value offering. The base version that starts at Rs 12,999 offers 3GB RAM, 32GB storage (expandable up to 2TB), a Snapdragon 660 processor and stock Android interface. Even the higher variants with more RAM and internal storage make for a great deal. The stock Android Oreo interface makes it one of the fastest smartphones in its class and the promise of Android Pie update in January makes it a good deal. The Max Pro M2 also features a set of capable cameras: 12-megapixel + 5-megapixel dual camera setup and 13-megapixel front camera. A big 5000mAh battery seals the deal.advertisementHonor 8X: Rs 14,999 – Rs 18,999The Honor 8X brings a large edge-to-edge display with extremely narrow bezels all around. With a beautiful glass body with dual-tone gradient colours, the Honor 8X is easily one of the most attractive phones in this segment. The Kirin 710 SoC with up to 6GB RAM and 128GB storage makes for a fairly powerful smartphone. It runs on EMUI 8.2 based on Android Oreo 8.1. The 20-megapixel + 2-megapixel dual camera setup for the rear is assisted with AI enhancements, while the 16-megapixel camera for the front manages all selfie duties. A 3750mAh battery provides for fairly longer stamina.Realme 2 Pro: Rs 13,990 – Rs 17,990 The Realme 2 Pro is another powerful smartphone in this segment with the Snapdragon 660 processor. This is the only smartphone to offer a modern water drop-style notch on the top. The Realme 2 Pro offers a custom ColourOS interface with lots of customizable features and themes. For the cameras, there’s a 16-megapixel + 2-megapixel rear camera setup and 16-megapixel front camera setup. A 3500mAh battery also provides a decent power backup for at least a day. The base variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage starts at Rs 13,990 and goes all the way to Rs 17,990 for the top-end variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage.Honor Play: Rs 19,999Before Xiaomi came up with the Poco F1, Honor introduced the trend of offering a flagship-grade chipset-equipped smartphone for the price of a midrange smartphone. The Honor Play came in mid-2018 with their last-gen flagship Kirin 970 Soc and offered EMUI 8.1 based on Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box. The smartphone offered an all-metal body with a notched display. For the cameras, there’s a pair of 16-megapixel + 2-megapixel dual rear camera setup and a 16-megapixel selfie camera. A 3750mAh battery with fast charging keeps the phone alive for at least a day. Since the Play is dedicated for gaming, Honor has baked in several special features such as 4D gaming experience with 7.1 channel and Histen Audio with AI shock scenarios.ALSO READ | Need affordable phone ahead of 2019? 3 smartphones under Rs 10,000 that are worth your attentionALSO READ | Realme C1, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, Honor 7C among best phones to buy under Rs 10,000ALSO READ | Realme 2 Pro and Nokia 5.1 Plus among best phones to buy under Rs 15,000last_img read more

Boat Race 2018: Cambridge beat Oxford in men’s and women’s races

first_imgThe Observer Read more Share on Facebook There was a visible sense of ecstasy and relief coursing through Cambridge’s eight-man crew, led by cox Hugo Ramambason, as they crossed the finish line at Mortlake in a time of 17 minutes and 51 seconds, with a winning margin of three lengths. All that work, all that effort, all that build up of lactic acid in young muscles, paying off thanks to a positive strategy.“We wanted to get a good start, keep moving and earn the right to win the race,” said Ramambason. “Last year was real tough but the attitude in the squad has been so good.”Cambridge came into this race as favourites, partly because of the experience they carried in their boat. Three of the Light Blues’ rowers took part here last year, compared to Oxford’s one, among them James Letten, the 24-year-old classics students who at 6ft 10in is the tallest oarsman ever to compete in the Boat Race. Letten not only provided Cambridge with experience but also power and after a delayed start brought on by aggressive tides, the towering American and his team showed their authority, rowing out of Putney in relaxed and confident fashion.By the mile mark Cambridge were five seconds clear and pulling away from their opponents with every stroke. Their fast start was paying off, yet it also contained an arguably unnecessary element of risk. Following Ramambason’s orders, Cambridge drifted into Oxford’s territory with the clear intention of pushing dirty water into their path. They received two warnings from race umpire John Garrett for doing so and had Cambridge’s oars touched those of Oxford, they could justifiably have been disqualified.Cambridge survived and continued to drive forward. By Hammersmith Bridge the Light Blues’ crew were nine seconds clear and such was their focus on winning that they were not put off by the orange flares that were set off above them as part of a protest by the Cambridge Zero Carbon Society.The lead had stretched to 11 seconds by the time they passed Barnes Bridge and soon they were at Mortlake, winning this event for only a third time since 2012 and taking the university’s total of Boat Race triumphs to 83.“The boys really stepped up and delivered,” said the Cambridge coach, Steve Trapmore, who is leaving the university after a seven-year stint in order to become high performance coach with Team GB Olympic rowing. “They took it up from stroke one and bang, they were off. In this race, so many things can go wrong, but you could tell they were on the money today.”Earlier in the afternoon came the formality of the women’s race. Having won last year’s contest in a record time of 18min and 33sec and been able to call upon three members of that victorious crew, Cambridge unsurprisingly started as favourites, and having won the pre-race toss and subsequently taken advantage of rowing from Surrey station, the reigning champions came home in a time of 19min and 10sec, around 20 seconds ahead.Oxford were always going to be up against it given their comparative lack of experience and quality – the Dark Blues only had one returning rower from last year, 19-year-old Alice Roberts, and were coming up against a team whose stroke, Olivia Coffey, is a two-time world champion with the United States national team – and they hardly did themselves any favours by making a clean but tentative start. Cambridge were half a length ahead within 90 seconds of the start of the race and were pulling away with every stroke.By the time they passed through Barnes the champions were cruising home. Victory gave Cambridge their first back-to-back triumphs since 1999 and their 43rd win in total. Oxford, as was the case here, trail by some distance with 30 victories.“The flag went down and before we knew it we were 10 strokes ahead,” reflected Cambridge’s bow, Tricia Smith.Meanwhile, Oxford’s crew gathered in a huddle and reflected on a defeat which their tearful No2 rower Katherine Erickson admitted was inevitable. “We knew from day one it was going to be a tough year,” she said. “I’m crying but I’m really proud. Cambridge are a really good crew and it was an honour to race them.” Rowing On an overcast and increasingly chilly afternoon that continued to make it feel that spring is here in name only, Cambridge were able to enjoy the warm glow of a resounding victory in the 164th Boat Race. The Light Blues led from the start on the choppy waters of the Thames, avenging their defeat to Oxford last year and making it a clean sweep for Cambridge after their women’s team also triumphed with a display of total domination. Share via Email Reuse this content The Boat Race Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest Boat Race 2018: Cambridge beat Oxford in men’s and women’s race – as it happened Share on Messenger Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Topics Share on LinkedInlast_img read more

Neyveli Book Fair 2019 inaugurated

first_imgNew Delhi: The 22nd Neyveli Book Fair, organized by NLC India Ltd. was inaugurated by Hon’ble Mr. Justice R. Subramanian, Judge, High Court of Madras, Chennai on 05th July, 2019 in the presence of Rakesh Kumar, CMD and Functional Directors of NLCIL.This Book Fair will be thrown open to public for 10 days, upto 14th July 2019. In his Inaugural address, Hon’ble Justice R Subramanian commended NLCIL for honouring eminent writers, publishers and encouraging new upcoming writers by releasing their books as part of the Book Fair. While mentioning the world’s premier Book Fair at Frankfurt, Germany, he drew parallels with the Neyveli Book Fair, saying that both the Book Fairs make avenues for readers to interact with Publishers and Writers. He also extolled the efforts of NLCIL to bring more than 150 Book Publishers under one roof in a non-cosmopolitan area and that this has helped to serve the society by creating an effective knowledge hub. Hon’ble Justice honoured Karan Karki, Chennai, selected for the Best Writer award, M/s. Kannadasan Pathipagam, Chennai, the Best Publisher and released the Book Titled “Oththa Pulla Naan” a collection of poems written by R Mohan, CGM,CSR,NLCIL. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepRakesh Kumar, the President of the function, stressed the importance of books as a catalyst in carrying knowledge, information and culture from sages and acting as bridge between cultures. He emphasized the significance of Parents and Teachers being a role model in this digital era to inculcate the habit of book reading among children. He informed that, as part of the celebrations of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, NLCIL had put up a special stall on Mahatma Gandhi’s Life and his writings. NLC India Limited with its motto ‘Creating Wealth for Wellbeing’ is contributing its might to the society through various welfare schemes and projects and is continuously striving to bring about a tangible change in the lives of the community. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsEducation is a key focus area of NLCIL’s CSR initiatives and events like the Neyveli Book Fair act as a bridge to connect the literary world with budding minds of children. Besides honouring of one eminent writer and one renowned book publisher, one new book will be released on each day the book fair. Rakesh Kumar, CMD, NLCIL, R Vikraman, Director (HR), NNM Rao, Director (P&P), Shaji John, Director (Power), Senior officials of NLCIL besides eminent and senior officials from the Central and State governments will participate in the event. The Book Fair concludes on 14th July 2019.last_img read more

Judge refuses to overturn 47 billion talc powder verdict

first_imgST. LOUIS — A Missouri judge has denied Johnson & Johnson’s bid to overturn a $4.7 billion jury verdict awarded to 22 women who said the company’s talcum powder contributed to their ovarian cancer.St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison, in a ruling Wednesday, cited evidence of what he called “particularly reprehensible conduct” by Johnson & Johnson.Burlison wrote that company executives knew of the presence of asbestos in the baby powder but misrepresented the safety of the product.A jury in July awarded $4.14 billion in punitive damages and $550 million in compensatory damages after a six-week trial.Johnson & Johnson said in a statement that it will appeal. The company says Burlison has denied similar motions in prior cases that were ultimately overturned.The Associated Presslast_img read more

A new paradigm of Sarkar

first_imgThe electoral process has begun in India to constitute the next Lok Sabha. In this context, a controversial film in Tamil draws the Election Commission’s attention. Sarkar (Government) is a Tamil movie acted by Vijay a popular, young and leading actor in Tamil Nadu and directed by Murugadoss. It was released on the day of Deepavali. Within a few days of its release, one of the ministers of the AIADMK government criticised that the film showed AIADMK and its leaders in a bad light and demanded the removal of those scenes. Cadres of AIADMK organised protest meetings in front of the cinema houses all over Tamil Nadu. Within a few days, the objectionable scenes as indicated by the AIADMK government were removed. The controversy and agitations created curiosity among the ordinary viewers and consequently, the film gained much popularity. If viewed with a sensible perspective, people will come to a conclusion that it is an effective film to be screened in every village, every street and municipalities to create awareness among the voters about the significance of the ballot paper and how it could be used for the benefit of people. This film can be recommended by the Election Commission of India to be screened all over the country in different languages. Apart from the importance of the ballot paper, it throws light on how the centralised system of party control has to be replaced with an alternative system of decentralised people-centric evolutionary politics to bring accountability on the part of elected representatives. Also Read – A special kind of bondFurther, how valuable citizens have been reduced as voters by the political parties, as beneficiaries by the government, as petitioners by the bureaucracy, and as customers and consumers by the market has been emotionally explained in this film. People are the primary agents to bringing transformation in society and politics but in reality, they are the most disrespected individuals in the society by the political and bureaucratic class of India. The film has brought to light the decentralised model of politics to cleanse the corrupt government, administration, and politics. This has been suggested by the Gorwal Committee at the dawn of independence in the Indian National Congress to search for talented committed social workers for the party to contest in the general election on behalf of the party. In this film, it has been portrayed that best service-minded social workers can be involved in politics from different fields and nominated to contest the election, through which diverse professionals could be inducted into the policy-making system. Also Read – Insider threat managementThere is yet another message powerfully conveyed to the people that raising questions is the hallmark of democracy. In our democracy, questioning is totally prohibited in the name of discipline in all democratic institutions. In this film, it has been highlighted that without raising questions, equality cannot be achieved and democracy will not mature. All these messages have been communicated through the actor Vijay through the powerful dialogues in this film. In the electoral process of a democracy, if a party gets a huge majority by weakening the opposition party in terms of its strength, it is not a victory for democracy. This aspect has been convincingly scripted and communicated through the powerful dialogues in the movie. It is a political movie with hard ideas communicated in a simple way. It is a highly educative movie. The dialogues scripted for the film criticised both the Dravidian parties and not only AIADMK. Then why the AIADMK ministers alone have raised objections and demanded the removal of a few scenes in the movie. They assumed that it is a movie which completely criticises AIADMK. In reality, it is not so. The film outrightly condemned both the parties as they are involved in practising cash for votes and delivering freebies. The film argues for an alternative paradigm to the existing political party framework of politics. Deeper democratic values are highlighted in a simple way to the public. Since Sun Pictures was involved in the production, DMK kept quiet. Of all the fan clubs, Vijay fan club has got a higher number of young people. He has a huge following. He takes a different line, unlike Kamal and Rajinikanth. He took an open stand against the Central government and the state government. When GST was welcomed by all cinema actors, he was the only person who opposed it. Kamal and Rajini both are old compared to him. Yet, he indicates that he will enter into politics. This creates fear among political parties. Whenever Vijay produces films of this sort, it is opposed by political parties sparking curiosity among the people and subsequently, a huge advertisement is given free of cost. This film also had the same fate but it succeeded by earning more than their expectation. This movie has to be recommended by the Election Commission to be screened all over the country in the respective regional languages for the benefit of the public. The Election Commission has repeatedly made it clear that it faces the problem of cash for votes in South India, particularly in Tamil Nadu. In this context, this film is a good example to create awareness among the people about the value of votes. The entire team has to be appreciated. It is an excellent movie to create electoral awareness among people. It outrightly attacks all unethical electoral practices. It is one of the best political movies produced in the recent past in Tamil. (The author is a former Professor and Rajiv Gandhi Chair for Panchayati Raj Studies, Gandhigram Rural Institute. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

TMC to lodge complaint with EC against intimidation by CRPF

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress has decided to lodge a complaint with the Election Commission, alleging intimidation of voters on the part of a section of Central forces that have been deployed in the state for area domination before the Lok Sabha polls.”We have seen that during route march, the Central force in a certain area has been intimidating voters and are resorting to partiality. This is undesirable. Central force should not come with any specific commitment. If they do so, it is unfortunate. The Central forces are deployed by the Election Commission for boosting the confidence of voters. The force should act neutrally,” state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim said on the sidelines of a party meeting of the Kolkata South constituency at Nazrul Manch on Saturday. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersSenior TMC leader Mala Roy, who is the chairperson of Kolkata Municipal Corporation, is the candidate from the constituency. “Our all India general secretary Subrata Bakshi along with Partha Chatterjee will soon move the office of the Chief Electoral Officer, Bengal with a complaint in this regard,” said Hakim. Hakim added that when the state government had earlier sought Central forces for disturbance in Junglemahal, the Centre did not comply. “Now 135 companies have come for the Lok Sabha elections. I am not aware whether such a large contingent of Central force is in Kashmir,” he added. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaWhile addressing the meeting, Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee said: “The job of the Central force is to ensure peaceful elections. But we have seen in a video footage that they are trying to terrorise voters. Do they have the right to do so? We will go as far as we can to address this issue.” He alleged that the BJP is trying to project themselves as ‘Bahubalis’ and so such a huge contingent has been deployed in the state. During his address, Hakim claimed that the people of the state have united to vote for Chief Minister Mamatra Banerjee and the all-round development of the state. “Central forces were also deployed during the bypoll at Maheshtala and Uluberia, but people in the state have voted for Trinamool candidates and they had won convincingly in both the seats. People will be electing the TMC candidates in Lok Sabha as well, irrespective of deployment of Central forces,” he maintained.last_img read more

British PM Mays Brexit deal rejected for third time

first_imgLONDON: Lawmakers rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal for a third time on Friday, sounding its probable death knell and leaving Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union in turmoil on the very day it was supposed to leave the bloc. The decision to reject a stripped-down version of May’s divorce deal has left it totally unclear how, when or even whether Britain will leave the EU, and plunges the three-year Brexit crisis to a deeper level of uncertainty. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAfter a special sitting of parliament, lawmakers voted 344-286 against May’s 585-page EU Withdrawal Agreement, agreed after two years of tortuous negotiations with the bloc. Within minutes of the vote, European Council President and summit chair Donald Tusk said EU leaders would meet on April 10 to discuss Britain’s departure from the bloc. The EU executive, the Commission, said that “a ‘no-deal’ scenario on 12 April is now a likely scenario”, Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsMay had told parliament the vote was the last opportunity to ensure Brexit would take place. She cautioned that if the deal failed, then any further delay to Brexit would probably be a long one beyond April 12. “I fear we are reaching the limits of this process in this House,” May told parliament after the defeat. “The implications of the House’s decision are grave.” “The legal default now is that the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union on 12th April,” she said. The British pound, which has been buoyed in recent weeks by hopes that the likelihood of an abrupt ‘no-deal’ Brexit is receding, fell half a percent after May lost, to as low as $1.2977. THIRD FAILURE It was a third failure for May, who had offered on Wednesday to resign if the deal passed, in a bid to win over eurosceptic rebels in her Conservative Party who support a more decisive break with the EU than the divorce her deal offers.last_img read more

Coty and Electronic Arts surge while Molson Coors dips

NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Tuesday:Gilead Sciences Inc., down $2.22 to $65.40A potential liver disease under development by the biotechnology company failed to meet its treatment goal in a key study.Electronic Arts Inc., up $5.09 to $102.33The video game maker’s “Apex Legends” attracted more than 25 million registered users in the week since its release.Ellie Mae Inc., up $17.03 to $98.95The mortgage software company is being bought by private-equity firm Thoma Bravo for $37 billion.Coty Inc., up $1.21 to $10.87Investment firm JAB is seeking a majority stake in the beauty products maker by buying shares from existing stockholders.Under Armour Inc., up $1.43 to $22.21The active-wear company reported stronger-than-expected fourth-quarter results and confirmed its outlook for the year.Molson Coors Brewing Co., down $6.17 to $59.19The brewer’s sales fell short of forecasts and it will restate results from 2016 and 2017 because of accounting errors.RingCentral Inc., up $6.04 to $105.91The cloud-based phone system provider reported a boost in revenue and profit for the fourth quarter, beating forecasts.Varonis Systems Inc., down $8.73 to $55.23The software company beat fourth-quarter forecasts, but gave weak guidance for the year.The Associated Press read more

UN deplores renewed fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

In a statement released in Kinshasa, MONUC warned that the clashes, which are taking place notably in the towns of Uvira, Bunia and Mambasa, are putting at risk the ongoing peace process at a time when the withdrawal of foreign troops from the country should be leading to the conclusion of the Inter-Congolese Dialogue. The renewed fighting, which involves elements of the Maï- Maï as well various rebel groups, is having “incalculable humanitarian consequences,” with many civilians fleeing the towns where the fighting is occurring, the Mission said. It called on all parties to immediately end the violence and reaffirming its willingness to help them return as soon as possible to the path of dialogue.

Ontario businesses call on province to curb rising electricity prices

TORONTO – The Ontario Chamber of Commerce is calling on the provincial government to take steps to curb rising electricity prices.The organization representing the province’s businesses is issuing a report saying hydro costs are one of the most pressing challenges for Ontario’s economy.The report says industrial electricity prices have risen 16 per cent since 2013 and are slated to climb 13 per cent higher over the next five years.The ministry of energy says Ontario’s industrial electricity rates are competitive with jurisdictions across North America and the government has introduced several programs to help businesses reduce electricity costs.Chamber president and CEO Allan O’Dette says there’s no easy way to bring prices under control, but believes one key step is for the Liberal government to be more transparent about how costs are calculated.He says more disclosure about peak and off-peak times could help all consumers keep their hydro expenses under control.O’Dette also says the government should reverse its decision to remove a debt retirement charge from residential bills starting next year, adding it’s unfair to leave businesses shouldering the burden of discharging debt.“Year over year, the cost of electricity continues to rise,” O’Dette said in a telephone interview. “Has the sky fallen? No it hasn’t…I think what we’re saying here is the majority of our members are raising electricity prices as a major, major concern.”A spokesman for the ministry of energy touted various programs that he said are “directly assisting businesses in maximizing the cost-saving benefits of conservation.”“While we seek to reduce costs through conservation initiatives and prudent system planning, (Premier) Kathleen Wynne and the Ontario Liberals have also implemented a wide range of programs to reduce the cost of electricity for businesses,” Dan Moulton wrote in a statement.The report, compiled by seeking input from local chambers of commerce over the past year, lists several recommendations the government could adopt to keep prices in check.O’Dette said the thorny policy issues involved made it difficult to reach a consensus, but the two primary suggestions were widely agreed upon.Transparency, O’Dette said, is the most glaring oversight in the government’s current approach to managing the province’s electricity. Business and consumers, he said, are left in the dark as to the complex rules that dictate how a hydro bill is calculated and are therefore unable to change their usage patterns to keep the total down.He also cited the pending partial sale of Hydro One, a move opposition parties are decrying as a surefire way to send electricity costs through the roof.The government has announced plans to sell 60 per cent of the giant utility that also serves as a local electricity distributor for 1.3 million customers. The Liberals hope the sale will raise $9 billion, $5 billion of which is earmarked for hydro debt.O’Dette, however, said the facts on the prospective deal are so scanty that the chamber couldn’t even factor it into its report.“The reality is we really don’t know too much about the Hydro One sale,” he said. “What we’re calling on is a little bit more transparency around that.”The report’s other key recommendation focuses on the debt retirement charge, a fee averaging $5.60 a month that has been in place since 2002 to defray the costs of old nuclear plants.The government has announced that the charge will come off residential bills starting Jan. 1, 2016, while businesses will continue to pay the fee.O’Dette said the move places an unfair burden on the province’s economy and urged the Liberals to leave the charge in place for all hydro users until the debt is paid down.The ministry of energy said it would not be following the chamber’s recommendation on the debt retirement charge.“The Ontario Chamber of Commerce is recommending that hardworking Ontario families and seniors pay higher electricity bills, and this is not something our government will do,” Moulton wrote.The report argues that reduced hydro prices are necessary to keep businesses competitive, saying several pending government initiatives will join forces to create a tough economic climate in the province.The chamber cites an increase to minimum wage, an Ontario Retirement Pension Plan in the works, and a review of the Labour Relations Act as potential drags on the province’s businesses. by Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 8, 2015 2:06 am MDT Last Updated Jul 8, 2015 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ontario businesses call on province to curb rising electricity prices read more

UN refugee agency welcomes joint declaration by France and United Kingdom on

“I appreciate that the two Governments have taken a common approach to address the complex situation in Calais,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres in a press release. “I welcome, in particular, the humanitarian and protection elements of the plan, while fully recognizing the importance of combatting smuggling and trafficking, which exploit vulnerable individuals.”Mr. Guterres highlighted that to be effective in cracking down on smugglers and traffickers, the number of legal avenues for people in need of protection to come to Europe must be increased.“Many of those in Calais are likely to be in need of international protection, having come from Afghanistan, Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan and Syria. We look forward to working closely with France and the UK to support efforts to find solutions for them,” continued the High Commissioner.UNHCR specifically welcomed measures to improve living and reception conditions in the Nord-Pas-de- Calais region – as well as in other locations – and the parallel efforts to address asylum access and accommodation issues. The action plan, which addresses the needs of the vulnerable in Calais, includes the rapidly growing group of women and children.“Calais remains only a symptom of broader refugee and migration movements and UNHCR hopes for robust action to be taken in implementing the European Agenda on Migration and in establishing effective forms of international cooperation, including with countries of origin, first asylum and transit,” Mr. Guterres concluded.The increased number of sea arrivals is due to the deadly and unabated conflict in Syria as well as the deteriorating conditions for Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries. Continued support to refugees and countries bearing the brunt of global forced displacement is vital.In early August, the High Commissioner called for a comprehensive response to the situation in Calais. According to UNHCR, there are now an estimated 3,000 refugees and migrants in Calais and in the northern coast of France – virtually the same number as last November. However, the rising death toll among refugees and migrants, at least 10 since the beginning of June, attempting to cross the Channel from Calais to the UK is a “worrying” development. read more

Sri Lanka UN urges country not to miss chance to advance justice

“Seventeen months ago, when we published a detailed report on the grave human rights violations committed during the conflict in Sri Lanka, I urged the Government and all the people of Sri Lanka to ensure that this historic opportunity for truly fundamental change should not be squandered,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a news release on the report.He noted that in many ways, Sri Lanka appears to be turning a corner on the promotion and protection of human rights, but he stressed that hard-won gains could prove illusory if they are not tethered to a comprehensive, robust strategy. “This critical opportunity in Sri Lankan history cannot be missed,” he said, urging the Government and people of Sri Lanka once again to prioritize justice alongside reconciliation to ensure that the horrors of the past are firmly dealt with, never to recur. The report, issued by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), assesses progress made in tackling the legacy of grave violations in Sri Lanka between 2002 and 2011 and acknowledges that there have been positive advances on human rights and constitutional reform. However, the report notes that the structures set up and measures taken until now have been inadequate, lacked coordination and a sense of urgency. “Party politics, including the balancing of power between the different constituencies of the coalition in the run-up to constitutional reforms, have contributed to a reluctance to address difficult issues regarding accountability or to clearly articulate a unified position by all parts of Government,” the report states. The report makes a number of concrete recommendations, including calling on the Government to embrace the report of the Consultation Task Force, to formulate a communications campaign to inform the public about details of the reconciliation agenda, to invite the UN human rights office to establish a presence in Sri Lanka, to give the highest priority to the restitution of all private land that has been occupied by the military, and to adopt legislation establishing a hybrid court. The report also highlights a number of serious human rights violations that are reportedly continuing to occur in Sri Lanka, including the harassment or surveillance of human rights defenders and victims of violations, police abuse and excessive use of force, and the use of torture. The High Commissioner will present the report to the Human Rights Council on 22 March in Geneva. read more

Teen set to save family violence program

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A Melbourne teenager is set to save the BSafe program from closure due to Victorian government funding cuts. Thirteen-year-old Nikolaous Palatsidis was so outraged by the funding cuts the family violence program has had to endure, and it’s impact on victims, he has taken it upon himself to try and save the program. When Palatsidis first heard that the BSafe program was going to suffer from funding cuts, he raised $4000 to try and stop this and hopes that people will follow suit and pressure the government to restore funding. “When I found out the state wasn’t running it, it was so disappointing,” Palatsidis told Neos Kosmos. Palatsidis wants this program restored as he says “family violence is something that affects women, children and the whole community”. The BSafe program works like medical alerts that call emergency help with the press of a button. Over 70 women in Victoria and more than 140 children have come to rely on this program in the past three years. If a woman is faced with a violent ex-partner showing up at her house, she only has to push a button to alert a call centre. Phone operators then ring 000 and give police all the woman’s details. The alarm also has a recording device so when it is activated it records sound so the woman and her family have proof that the ex-partner has breached an intervention order. Rachael McKay, BSafe project officer said this system “reduced breaches of intervention orders”.last_img read more

Allegri set sights on Madrid after win

first_imgMax Allegri was delighted with Juventus performance after their win over Frisonone and urged the team to score in Madrid.Dybala, Leonardo Bonucci and Cristiano Ronaldo were on target in the 3-0 victory, which saw Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini return from injury lay-offs.“The team is growing in terms of fitness. Aside from the hiccup against Parma, we have done well in Serie A, we’ve shaken off the problems caused by the Winter break and are in good shape for the Champions League,” the Coach told Football Italia.“When there are players returning from injuries, I think it’s good to put them in from the start and let them loose.”Dybala ended his drought in Serie A since November by opening the scoring with a scorcher.“I am happy for Paulo, as strikers live to score goals. Juventus need a player who works between the lines and Dybala is very good at that.“The only issue is that for a few years we had one forward and now we have two. It means the build-up play is a little different, so there aren’t as many spaces to run into, but I watched Dybala make the right moves and passes, he just wasn’t scoring as many goals.”Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Paulo Dybala and Cristiano Ronaldo were both on target as Juventus eased past Frosinone 3-0.#UCL— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) February 15, 2019Juve featured all their key players as they used the game as a dress rehearsal for Wednesday’s Champions League Round of 16 trip to Atletico Madrid.“The game against Atletico Madrid will be very different, we must be warier and find the right moment to score. It’s crucial that we get a goal there, otherwise, qualification would be rather difficult to achieve.“A lot depends on who is the right-back and therefore who is the mezz’ala. Douglas Costa will also join the squad next week after his injury. It’s going to be a very physical game against Atletico Madrid.”last_img read more