Adityanath to contest bypoll

first_imgUttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will contest Assembly bypoll after the presidential elections in July, rather than opt for the somewhat safer route through the State’s Legislative Council that many of his predecessors have resorted to.Two former chief ministers — Mayawati (2007-2012) and Akhilesh Yadav (2012-2017) — chose to enter the U.P. Assembly via the Upper House that depends on indirect elections through an electoral college of MLAs and teacher constituencies, rather than direct election to the Lower House. “He (Yogi Adityanath) will be contesting elections to the Assembly. Some party MLA will have to vacate a seat for him to contest,” a senior BJP leader told The Hindu.As of now the most likely seat appears to be the Gorakhpur City Assembly seat, held by the Chief Minister’s close associate Radha Mohan Das Agarwal. BJP leaders, however, have not disclosed which seat Mr Adityanath would choose. . Mr Adityanath’s deputy, Keshav Prasad Maurya, too, will have to quit his Lok Sabha seat of Phulpur and contest polls, but he might be given the option of entering the Assembly via the Legislative Council. High-voltage campaign“Yogi Aditynathji’s election is unlikely to be low key, and the campaign will have a spin off in other States as a show piece,” said a senior leader. “The brownie points of a BJP Chief Minister not shying away from a bypoll in a State where previous chief ministers have done so is also important,” said the source. “All this, of course, will happen only after the Presidential polls scheduled for July. As per the electoral college, an MP’s votes have more weightage than an MLA’s although votes from U.P. Assembly have the highest value,” said the source. Thus the bypoll could well be held by September. Parrikar’s entryBypolls will also have to be held in Goa for Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to be elected to the Assembly. As of now, Mr Parrikar is still a Rajya Sabha MP from U.P., a high value vote in the Presidential polls. The NDA is short of 18,000 votes in the total electoral college of 10,98,882 votes, with a halfway mark of 5,49,442 votes.last_img read more

Temple demolition: bandh by Dalit outfits hits life in Punjab

first_imgThe bandh call over the demolition of the Guru Ravidas temple in Delhi’s Tughlakabad village evoked a strong response in Punjab, even as members of Dalit outfits staged protests in many parts of the State on Tuesday.Most commercial establishments, shops and offices remained closed in Jalandhar, Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur, Ludhiana, Fazilka, Barnala, Moga and Kapurthala. The bandh call was given by Dalits under the banner of the Guru Ravidas Jayanti Samaroh Samiti.Members of Dalit community were seen taking out marches and sitting on dharna at several places. Vehicular movement on National Highway 1 was disrupted in Jalandhar after protesters blocked the road as well as arterial roads. A holiday was declared for the educational institutions in Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala, and Gurdaspur.Dalits, especially in the Doaba region of Punjab, have been staging protests ever since the temple was demolished on August 10 following a Supreme Court order over allegations of encroachment. Terming it an act of sacrilege, they are demanding the reconstruction of the temple on the same land where it stood.Punjab has a Dalit population of 32%, the highest in any State.last_img read more

WWE roster was unaware of Roman Reigns’ leukemia announcement till it dropped

first_imgAdvertisementThis past week on Monday Night RAW, former Universal Champion Roman Reigns’ unexpected revelation that he had leukaemia left both the locker room and WWE Universe stunned.The Big Dog proclaimed that for 11 years he had been battling cancer but it had once again returned in his life and he would be unable to serve his duties as the main titleholder on RAW anymore as he relinquished his championship.The RAW Superstars were unaware of Roman’s condition until he dropped the news about leukaemia in his promo. According to Dave Meltzer, only Vince McMahon, Triple H and a couple of others in management knew the content of the message that was going to be delivered in the ring.Prior to the start of RAW, Dean Ambrose and Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins were informed that Reigns was going to surrender his title but the reason wasn’t specified to them. Similarly, later during the night, it was announced that Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar will clash for the vacant Universal Championship next Friday at WWE Crown Jewel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.Meltzer also reports that Reigns had found about his diagnosis on Thursday, October 18. Meanwhile, WWE Superstars, sports teams, players, athletes, celebrities and fans from all over the world immediately sent out their prayers, well wishes and support to Roman and his family after receiving the disturbing news on Monday.#ThankYouRomanAdvertisementlast_img read more

Mahendra Singh Dhoni exudes confidence after India win 9 of 10 T20s in 2016

first_imgIndia skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels the current Indian team is a ‘balanced’ side which can ‘take on any team anywhere in the world’ at least in the shortest format of the game after they notched up their ninth win out of 10 matches.”Well if you see, more often than not, the team that we have played with (this year in T20’s), looks like a team that can play in any condition, especially in this format. Let’s not talk about the 50-over format. But in T20s, we can play with this team anywhere in the world,” said Dhoni after India crushed UAE by 9 wickets in Asia Cup last night.”We now have three proper seamers, two spinners and if needed part-timers. I think it is the right combination. And even if you go for a few extra runs, with the batting that we have – till No. 8, I think we can look to get those extra runs if the opposition scores off us. So I think this team is set for playing in any conditions, whether you are playing in India or outside India. It looks like a very balanced team.” (Dhoni happy with India’s good habits)Dhoni was in playful mood when a Bangladeshi scribe asked a long and winded question with basic intent of trying to know if this was the last time that the limited overs skipper will be playing in this country. (Dhoni backs Dhawan to battle poor form ) “I’m not getting rid of myself so soon. Bangladesh will have to face me more often than not. This is one occasion when the question was longer than the answer,” he smiled as everyone present in the conference room had a good laugh.advertisementOn a serious note, Dhoni said that he expected the final to be a tough one as Bangladesh knew the conditions well.”As I said, any good team if they are the home team, they will always know the conditions very well. So to beat a home team is always difficult. Also Bangladesh, over the years has developed a lot. They have improved their strength. They know the conditions well, as I have said. It will be a good final.”A lot depends on which team plays better cricket. This format the difference between the two teams can often be just one knock, one individual having a very good day or one bowler having a very good day. The difference between a good team and not-so-good team can be just a performance on that particular day. So I feel it will be a very good final,” Dhoni assessed.Dhoni feels that they will have to stop the big-hitters in Bangladesh team and should not allow any particular bowler to have an outstanding day.”In this format, what has happened doesn’t really matter.It depends on that particular day as to what’s going to happen. You have to keep the big-hitter out of the game. You have to make sure that one of the bowlers doesn’t have an outstanding day. The field is set for a very good final.”Dhoni also does not think that Bangladesh being the home team will have any ‘unfair advantage’ on these strips.”I don’t think the home team have an unfair advantage as such. We’ve also played four five games here. It gives us a good idea about the wicket and what the conditions are. Lot will depend on what kind of cricket we play on that particular day. It is not about how strong. It is all about how you have executed your plans.”Dhoni said that the team was well prepared for T20 World Cup and there were no injury concerns as of now.”As of now, there are no injury concerns. In the coming matches what will happen we don’t know. If someone gets a niggle, you look to give him a rest if opportunity arises.”These are sports-related injuries, if someone gets hit by a ball. It’s useless to think about those things. But until now everyone’s fit. They are all looking good.”last_img read more

Manuel Neuer extends contract with Bayern Munich till 2021

first_imgBayern Munich goalkeeper Mauel Neuer on Wednesday signed a contract extension with the reigning German champions till 2021.The World Cup winning German international had moved to Bayern from Schalke ahead of the 2011-2012 season and has been a regular in the playing XI.There were reports that the 30-year-old might follow his present coach Pep Guardiola to English heavyweights Manchester City but he buried such claims by signing the extension.”FC Bayern secured the services of another key player for the long term on Wednesday when the Worlds Best Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer signed a two-year extension to his current contract, keeping him at the club until 30 June 2021,” a statement on the club’s website said.Jerome Boateng, Thomas Muller, David Alaba and Javi Martnez also signed new contracts at the club which will have them at the Allianz Arena till 2021. Since moving to Bayern Neuer has lifted three Bundesliga titles, two DFB-Pokals and a Champions League crown in 2013.last_img read more

Gasol gets historic double, Spain dominates Argentina for Fiba World Cup gold

first_imgLATEST STORIES For Gasol, it was historic.The Toronto Raptors center becomes the second player to win an NBA title and a FIBA world gold medal in the same year, joining Lamar Odom — who did it for the Los Angeles Lakers and USA Basketball in 2010.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40 Gabriel Deck scored 24 points for Argentina (8-1), which got off to a slow start and played uphill the rest of the way. Luis Scola was held to eight points, shooting 1 for 10 from the floor.Spain led 43-31 at the half, riding the strength of two big runs.Spain ran out to a quick 14-2 lead, only to have Argentina answer with an 11-0 spurt. But when that ended, Spain came back with a 17-1 run and took what was then its biggest lead at 31-14.Scola, even at 39 years old still Argentina’s best player throughout the tournament, didn’t get on the scoresheet until he made a pair of free throws with 2:57 left in the third. But they only cut the Spain lead to 19, and by then the Argentinian fans — who stood in the stands a few rows from their team’s bench, singing and chanting for much of the game — were relatively quiet.They probably had a good idea what was coming.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ This jewelry designer is also an architect UP NEXTArgentina: Qualified for 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Spain: Qualified for 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 There was one last gasp from Argentina, an 11-4 run to open the fourth quarter and cut Spain’s lead to 12 with 6:30 left. But Llull’s three-point play on the next Spain possession pushed the lead back to 15.TIP-INSArgentina: This was the third FIBA World Cup medal for Argentina, making it the fifth nation with that many after the United States (12), Yugoslavia (10), the Soviet Union (eight) and Brazil (six). Another four nations have two medals, including Spain. … Argentina fell to 2-8 all-time against Spain in World Cup or Olympic competition.Spain: It was the fourth consecutive FIBA title game to be decided by double digits. … It was also a double-title year for Spain coach Sergio Scariolo; he’s an assistant on Nick Nurse’s staff in Toronto. … Everything went Spain’s way early — even air balls. Rudy Fernandez took a corner 3 that sailed long by about two feet, landing in the hands of Juancho Hernangomez. He laid in the miss to start a three-point play, part of Spain’s 14-2 game-opening run.ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMJoining Rubio on the all-tournament team were Gasol, Scola, France’s Evan Fournier and Serbia’s Bogdan Bogdanovic.DIGNITARIESAmong the big names in attendance on the final day of the World Cup: Chinese basketball legend Yao Ming, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, FIBA ambassador and five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant, and Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili — both four-time NBA champions with San Antonio.5 WITH 2Spain is the fifth nation to win the World Cup (or its predecessor, the world championship) at least twice. The U.S. and Yugoslavia are five-time champions, the Soviet Union won three titles and Brazil has won two. Argentina’s Luis Scola (L) fights for the ball with Spain’s Marc Gasol during the Basketball World Cup final game between Argentina and Spain in Beijing on September 15, 2019. (Photo by WANG ZHAO / AFP)BEIJING — Spain has captured its second World Cup championship, defeating Argentina 95-75 on Sunday to give Marc Gasol a rare double-title year.Tournament MVP Ricky Rubio scored 20 points and Sergio Llull added 15 for Spain (8-0), the ninth team to make it through a World Cup or world championship unbeaten. Gasol scored 14 for the winners, who never trailed.ADVERTISEMENT Australia’s Andrew Bogut to be investigated for World Cup rant Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Becoming his own man Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? MOST READ Gasol is also the 19th to win either an NBA or WNBA crown along with a gold medal, either of the Olympic or World Cup variety, in the same year. And he’s the first to accomplish that feat while representing a nation other than the U.S.When Spain won its first title in 2006, it was Pau Gasol — Marc’s older brother — leading the way. This time, it was the not-so-little brother who led his nation to gold, hoisting the World Cup trophy three months after getting his hands on the NBA’s Larry O’Brien Trophy for the first time. DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

‘Champion of Champions’ Jitu Rai is in a league of his own: NRAI President

first_imgNational Rifle Association of India (NRAI) President Raninder Singh on Monday congratulated ace shooter Jitu Rai for being awarded the ‘Champion of Champions’ title for pistol shooting in 2016 by the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF).The army man on Sunday beat Serbia’s Damir Mikec, 29.6 to 28.3 in the Champions Trophy 10m Air Pistol final held at the T.S.N. Shooting Range in Bologna, Italy. Jitu was also awarded a cash reward of $ 5,587 (5000 euros) along with the title. (I let my country down, I have no excuses to make: Jitu Rai)”Jitu Rai is in a league of his own in the world of Pistol shooting and the Champions Trophy win reiterates his versatility as a shooter. On behalf of the NRAI, we congratulate him on his latest success and wish him all the best in continuing to bring laurels for the country,” Singh said.In the Rifle category, Russia’s Sergey Kamenskiy emerged champion. (Jitu Rai ready to shine in 50m Air Pistol today: Coach Smirnov Pavel)The Champions Trophy matches were held at the end of the Rifle and Pistol World Cup. All World Cup final medallists in both men’s and women’s events are eligible to participate in the tournament where they are allowed to choose between a 10m Air Rifle and 10m Air Pistol match. (Jitu Rai bags silver at shooting World Cup)The matches are then conducted in elimination format, where after the first four shots the athlete with the lowest score is first to be eliminated. One athlete is subsequently eliminated after each shot thereafter till the final two athletes remain. Their scores are then set back to zero and three single shots then determine the winner.advertisementlast_img read more

Ilso and Anderson to part with Kedah

first_imgKedah Kedah set to lose both Ilso and Anderson for the 2018 campaign Ooi Kin Fai Last updated 2 years ago 07:45 17/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ken Ilso, Zac Anderson, Kedah Kedah FA Kedah Super League Malaysia Cup Kedah will need to find replacements for Ken Ilso and Zac Anderson after both players announced that they will not be renewing their contracts Kedah look set to lose two key players at the end of this 2017 season after Ken Ilso and Zac Anderson both announced their coming departure from the team through their respective social media accounts on Saturday.This comes as a big blow for the Red Eagles and leaves them needing to seek for replacement to bolster their squad ahead of their participation in the 2018 AFC Cup competition.  Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Both players have played an instrumental part in helping Kedah to lift the FA Cup this season as well as pushing Johor Darul Ta’zim in the Super League campaign.Ilso in particular has been a real revelation in his first season with the team, quickly adapting to the surroundings to become Kedah’s top scorer of the season. Finding the right replacement for a 20-goal a season striker is not an easy task.The loss of Anderson is also expected to hit Kedah hard. The burly defender has built up quite a reputation with the adoring Kedah fans, often seen leading the fans to chants or cheers after every win. The Australian centre back seemed to have struck up a good understanding and partnership with Khairul Helmi at the heart of Kedah’s defence, with his physical presence helping him to win many a challenge, whether on the ground or aerially.Both announcements looked a coordinated one with both players posting on their social media account immediately after helping Kedah secure an impressive 3-2 away first leg win over Selangor in the Malaysia Cup quarterfinal on Friday.However, the two players have vowed that despite their different paths next season, will continue to give Kedah their 100% until the end of the season.last_img read more

Photo: Clemson Cheerleaders Celebrate National Title Win On Field

first_imgClemson Tigers cheerleaders play in confetti after the Clemson Tigers beat the Ohio State Buckeyes 31-0 to win the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl.GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 31: Clemson Tigers cheerleaders play in confetti after the Clemson Tigers beat the Ohio State Buckeyes 31-0 to win the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Clemson’s football program had quite a Monday night.The Tigers, the No. 2 seed in the College Football Playoff, blew out No. 1 Alabama in the national championship game.Clemson beat Alabama, 44-16, to give Dabo Swinney his second national title win since taking over the program.It was a fun night for everyone associated with the Tigers’ program.Clemson’s cheerleaders certainly seemed to enjoy their time at Levi’s Stadium.Two Clemson cheerleaders took a cool photo on the field after the game.“An absolute dream. Thank you @clemsonfb for making my last football game an experience I will NEVER forget. WE NATTY CHAMPS BABY!!!!!!!” one posted on Instagram.That’s pretty cool.Clemson could be right back next season, too. The Tigers should start the 2019 season ranked No. 1 in the country.last_img read more

Restricting copyright exceptions detrimental to education says student group

first_imgOTTAWA – Student and library associations are voicing their support for a section of the Copyright Act that allows materials to be used for educational purposes without infringing copyright.The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations told a House of Commons committee Tuesday that restrictions on the scope of that exception will hurt students and educators, especially if it leads to higher costs.Such costs are most commonly found in tariffs from copyright agreements.“Students, either directly through an ancillary fee or indirectly out of operations budgets pay these tariffs,” said Michael McDonald, executive director of the organization. “It is a cost they are expected to bear and one we do not believe is adequately considered.”The law is currently being reviewed by the Commons committee on industry, science and technology and is mandated to undergo such a review every five years. The Act was last amended in 2012 under Stephen Harper’s Conservative government, which expanded the scope of “fair dealing” to education, satire and parody.Under current legislation, short excerpts of work — typically 10 per cent of the text — can be reproduced without infringing copyright. That means a teacher in a classroom, for example, can photocopy several pages or a chapter from a written work for their students. The education exception also means students are able to reference typically copyrighted material in their course work.The alliance says increased tuition costs for students and limited resources available to teachers would have a chilling effect on education, preventing them from receiving instruction from diverse sources.Groups supporting publishers and authors are opposed to the law as it stands, because they believe that the fair dealing exception allows their work to be distributed without full compensation. The Union des écrivaines et des écrivains Québécois — a group comprising more than 1,000 writers — told the committee that the “loose wording” of the act means creators are becoming “an endangered species” stripped of their income.For Laurent Dubois, general manager of the union, the law is also a matter of principle.“It is important to remember that the concept of copyright includes the idea of economic rights,” Dubois told the committee. “It also includes the idea of moral rights, which confers the right on the creator to protect the way in which his or her work is used.”McDonald, for his part, does not dispute the idea that creators deserve proper compensation for their work.“This isn’t even a question, and it’s not something we are challenging,” he said.University of Ottawa law professor and intellectual property expert Michael Geist said that calls to restrict the fair dealing exception due to lack of compensation are mostly “unfounded.”Geist cited Statistics Canada data released last month which showed that while operating revenue for the Canadian book publishing industry dropped 0.6 per cent in 2016 compared to 2014, it still yielded an operating profit margin of 10.2 per cent.Students, he said, will bear the brunt of any changes as a result of the review.“If the committee were to establish new kinds of restrictions on the use of fair dealing, I think the impact would be enormous.”Copyright issues related to music, radio, television and film will also be examined by the committee.The review process for the act is expected to conclude by early 2019.last_img read more

Make a Film Foundation Premieres Zombie Film Created With Johnny Depp to

first_imgMake A Film Foundation (MAFF), a non-profit film wish granting organization for children with life-threatening medical conditions, will present a premiere of The Black Ghiandola at a fundraising benefit screening to be held on Saturday April 22nd at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.MAFF and Richard Chamberlain, Laura Dern, David Lynch, Anthony Conti, Johnny Depp, Catherine Hardwicke, Adele Rene, Tamika LamisonRed Carpet starts at 6:00 p.m.The Black Ghiandola film fulfills the dream of 16-year-old Anthony Conti who suffered from stage four adrenal cortical cancer. He stars in the project along with Johnny Depp, J.K. Simmons, Laura Dern, David Lynch, Chad L. Coleman, Richard Chamberlain, Penelope Ann Miller, Keith Allan, Jade Pettyjohn and Pritesh Shah. The film was directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight), Theodore Melfi (Hidden Figures) and Sam Raimi (Spiderman Trilogy).The Black Ghiandola is about a boy who risks his life to save a young girl he has grown to love – after his family has been killed in an apocalyptic world of Zombies. Conti’s idea went from conception to completion in only one month, with the generous help of top professional talent that donated their time and energy to the project.According to Tamika Lamison, founder and executive director of MAFF, “Make A Film Foundation teams critically ill children with notable actors, directors, producers and writers. We believe that the art of filmmaking not only helps children make a personal statement about what they are going through, but it is also offers them a sense of hope, while also building their self-esteem.”During this special event, J.K. Simmons will accept the Mentorship Award for his work with MAFF. Mohamed Bzeek, a man who has committed himself to caring for and fostering terminally ill children until they die, will receive the Humanitarian Award.There will be a panel discussion led by moderator, Leonard Maltin (American Film Critic and Historian) with cast and crew, and a musical performance by Adam Gontier, of “Saint Asonia” as well as a VIP pre-reception and a post-event dessert reception for all.Make A Film Foundation grants film wishes to children who have serious or life-threatening medical conditions by teaming them with noted actors, writers, producers and directors who help them to create short film legacies. Over 100 documentaries and four short narrative films have been completed so far.For further information about MAFF, or to order tickets to the event ($25 for Screening and $100 VIP with Reception and Gift Bag), or to donate, please visit:;To purchase tickets, click here.last_img read more

Sales tax not the answer to Albertas fiscal woes Finance minister

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci says he is not considering introducing a sales tax to help cure the province’s financial woes because Albertans don’t support it.Ceci says the idea of a sales tax came up today when he had a roundtable meeting with economists but says having no provincial sales tax reflects, in his words, “the mindset of Albertans.”Ceci says the province will continue to try to reduce spending and grow the economy with an eye to balancing the budget by 2023.Alberta is on track for a $10.3-billion deficit this year and more than $42 billion in debt by next spring.Economist Robert Kavcic with BMO Capital Markets says Alberta’s low tax regime gives it room to manoeuvre and, from an economic perspective, a consumption tax is the best way to ensure a stable base of revenue in tough times.Opposition Alberta Party interim leader Greg Clark says the province should have a conversation around a sales tax, adding people will accept such a levy if the government can demonstrate it will use the money prudently.last_img read more

Video Despacito Singer Daddy Yankee Explores Marrakech

Rabat – A video showing Puerto Rican mega-star Daddy Yankee having fun at a traditional clothing shop in a souk in Marrakech has gone viral.After taking pictures at a juice stand in famous Jamaa El Fanaa square, the famous rapper who sings “Despacito” has been caught on video exploring traditional clothing shops in a souk the city’s old medina.Travelling with RedOne and free-fight champion Abou Azaitar, Daddy Yankee has been sharing his adventures in Marrakech on social media. Yankee is expected to sign a collaboration deal with RedOne, the renowned Moroccan producer. The singer also visited the cities of Tetouan and Chefchaoun before landing in Marrakech. read more

SB says former Ministers will sit with the opposition

Former Minister S B Dissanayake says the former Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Ministers will sit with the opposition in Parliament and look to form a broad alliance with the joint opposition.Dissanayake and a few other SLFP Ministers had resigned from their posts recently on the basis that they could not continue to work in the unity Government. The former Minister, before resigning, had also backed a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. (Colombo Gazette)

Eric Garner Michael Brown cases spark legitimate concerns about US policing –

Michael Brown, an African-American teenager from Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner, an African-American man from New York City, were both killed in separate incidents by white police officers after they had reportedly surrendered. Their deaths, and the grand jury decisions which followed them, have set off a wave of protests across the US against what many perceive to be a broader pattern of lethal police brutality directed at minorities, say the UN rights experts. “There are numerous complaints stating that African-Americans are disproportionally affected by such practices of racial profiling and the use of disproportionate and often lethal force,” the UN Special Rapporteur on racism, Mutuma Ruteere, said in a news release. “African-Americans are 10 times more likely to be pulled over by police officers for minor traffic offences than white persons. Such practices must be eradicated.”The UN experts welcomed US President Barack Obama’s proposed measures to address what has been described as “consistent allegations of inappropriate policing practices” through trust-building initiatives between police forces and the communities they are assigned to protect. But, the experts cautioned, such measures should also “recognize the need for training and to ensure that minorities are recruited into the police in which they are under-represented.” “The Michael Brown and Eric Garner’s cases have added to our existing concerns over the longstanding prevalence of racial discrimination faced by African-Americans, particularly in relation to access to justice and discriminatory police practices,” added human rights expert Mireille Fanon Mendes France, who currently heads the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent.“We urge a comprehensive examination of all laws that could have discriminatory impact on African-Americans to ensure that such laws are in full compliance with the country’s international legal obligations and relevant international standards.”The Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák, meanwhile, expressed concern over the grand jury decision to avoid a trial process which, she said, would have ensured that justice take its proper course, particularly in light of the apparent conflicting evidence that exists relating to both incidents.“The decisions leave many with legitimate concerns relating to a pattern of impunity when the victims of excessive use of force come from African-American or other minority communities,” Ms. Izsák explained. Demonstrations in opposition to the grand jury decision on Eric Garner’s death spilled into their second consecutive night last night as protestors fanned out across New York, targeting the city’s most well-known locations, including Brooklyn Bridge and the ferry terminal to Staten Island, where Mr. Garner Lived. While the New York protests have been largely peaceful, according to media reports, confrontations between demonstrators and police in Ferguson have led to eruptions of violence including looting and the burning of cars. Both the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai, and the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, urged protestors and police to allow for peaceful demonstrations and refrain from fuelling further violence.The Rapporteurs’ concerns follow a statement made by the UN human rights chief last week in which he expressed deep concern about the “disproportionate number of young African-Americans who die in encounters with police officers, as well as the disproportionate number of African Americans in US prisons and the disproportionate number of African-Americans on Death Row.”“It is clear that, at least among some sectors of the population, there is a deep and festering lack of confidence in the fairness of the justice and law enforcement systems,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said. read more

UN health agency issues new guidelines on HIV selftesting

Ahead of World AIDS Day, marked annually on 1 December, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has released new guidelines on HIV self-testing, which aim to help millions of people know their HIV status and get treatment.“Millions of people with HIV are still missing out on life-saving treatment, which can also prevent HIV transmission to others,” said WHO Director-General Margaret Chan in a news release. “HIV self-testing should open the door for many more people to know their HIV status and find out how to get treatment and access prevention services,” she added.According to a WHO progress report, lack of an HIV diagnosis is a major obstacle to implementing the Organization’s recommendation that everyone with HIV should be offered antiretroviral therapy (ART). The report says more than 18 million people with HIV are currently taking ART, but a similar number of people is still unable to access treatment, the majority of which are unaware of their HIV positive status. Today, 40 per cent of all people with HIV (over 14 million) remain unaware of their status.The new guidelines aim to help countries scale up implementation of HIV self-testing and assisted HIV partner notification services. Photo: WHO African Region HIV self-testing means people can use oral fluid or blood- finger-pricks to discover their status in a private and convenient setting. Results are ready within 20 minutes or less. Those with positive results are advised to seek confirmatory tests at health clinics. WHO recommends they receive information and links to counselling as well as rapid referral to prevention, treatment and care services.Between 2005 and 2015, the proportion of people with HIV learning of their status increased from 12 per cent to 60 per cent globally. This increase in HIV testing uptake worldwide has led to more than 80 per cent of all people diagnosed with HIV receiving ART.Men account for only 30 per cent of people who have tested for HIV. Testing also remains low among men who have sex with men, sex workers, transgender people, people who inject drugs, and people in prisons – who together comprise approximately 44 per cent of the 1.9 million new adult HIV infections that occur each year.The new WHO guidelines recommend ways to help HIV positive people notify their partners about their status, and also encourage them to get tested.Currently, 23 countries have national policies that support HIV self-testing. Many others are developing policies, but wide-scale implementation of HIV self-testing remains limited. WHO supports free distribution of HIV self-test kits and other approaches that allow self-test kits to be bought at affordable prices. WHO is also working to reduce costs further to increase access. Another highlight of this year’s World AIDS Day is the launch of the hands up for #HIVprevention campaign that will explore different aspects of HIV prevention and how they relate to specific groups of people, such as adolescent girls and young women, key populations and people living with HIV. read more

Caterpillar solar power solution for B2Golds Otjikoto mine in Namibia

first_imgCaterpillar has announced that B2Gold Corp, one of the fastest-growing gold producers in the world, has selected the company and Cat® dealer Barloworld to supply 7 MW of solar power at the Otjikoto mine in the Republic of Namibia. The full system, including Cat photovoltaic (PV) solar modules and the Cat microgrid master controller (MMC), will be used to reduce reliance on a heavy fuel oil (HFO) power plant currently used to power the mining facility.Barloworld is supplying engineering, procurement and construction services for the project. Installation of the system is underway, with the completion of the project expected in early 2018. “At B2Gold, we embrace environmental stewardship and social responsibility as key corporate priorities in doing business,” said Mark Dawe, Managing Director and Country Manager for B2Gold Namibia. “As one of the largest solar installations in Namibia, the facility at the Otjikoto mine will help us to leverage a plentiful, renewable resource while improving the quality of life for nearby communities.”Caterpillar’s solar PV system is powered by advanced thin-film solar modules that are setting the industry benchmark with improved performance over conventional silicon solar panels. Fully scalable and pre-engineered for quick and easy installation, the system offers reliable and predictable energy in all climates and applications with modules that are independently tested to pass accelerated life and stress tests beyond industry standards.Caterpillar’s solar PV offering is a key component of the Cat Microgrid technology suite, an innovative lineup of power systems that adds environmentally friendly solar panels, state-of-the-art energy storage, and advanced monitoring and control systems to Caterpillar’s traditional line of reliable power generation equipment, including HFO, natural gas and diesel generator sets, switchgear and automatic transfer switches. The Cat Microgrid technology suite is designed to reduce fuel expenses, lower utility bills, decrease emissions, and reduce the total cost of ownership while increasing energy efficiency in even the most challenging environments.“A key differentiator in Caterpillar’s offering is the Cat MMC, which keeps loads continuously energized with high-quality power at the lowest cost.  It manages the flow of power from every source in the system, including the main grid when connected.  The Cat MMC determines optimum recharge times for the energy storage systems while managing power during times when solar energy is not available.”The MMC also uses Cat Connect technology for real-time collection and communication of on-site performance data that can be monitored and analysed remotely. “The economic viability of remote mining operations depends on the cost-efficient generation of power,” said Tom Frake, Vice President of the Global Power Solutions Division for Caterpillar. “Caterpillar’s solar technologies provide a scalable, sustainable power solution that significantly reduces fuel consumption while delivering the reliable power needed to support mining sites.”B2Gold’s Otjikoto mine is located in the region of Otjozondjupa approximately 300 km north of the capital city of Windhoek. The mine reported a record year in 2016, producing 166,285 oz of gold.  Caterpillar supplied the original 25 MW of power capacity to the Otjikoto Mine when it opened in 2014 through four Cat 12CM32 HFO medium-speed engines and three Cat 3516B high-speed generator sets.“For many years, B2Gold has relied on dependable, high-performing Cat equipment for both power solutions and mining operations at the company’s mining sites around the world, which is why executives again selected Caterpillar and Cat dealer Barloworld to help reduce operational costs while improving the sustainability profile at the Otjikoto Mine,” said Jean Savage, vice president of Surface Mining and Technology for Caterpillar.last_img read more

China Gambias Most Important Partner

first_imgBy Kebba JeffangThe Chinese news agency, Xinhua has quoted President Barrow as saying that China is Gambia’s most important partner. According to Xinhua, during talks with visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Banjul on Saturday 5 January, 2018, President Barrow remarked: “Gambia has the strong political will to promote cooperation with China, which is the country’s most important partner.”President Barrow has also laid emphasis on Gambia’s adherence to the one-China policy, according to the Chinese news agency, Xinhua. “Gambia will adhere to the one-China policy and firmly support China’s rightful stance in the United Nations and on other multilateral occasions,” he said.President Barrow is also quoted as saying, “the first visit by a Chinese foreign minister to Gambia showed China’s good faith in strengthening bilateral relations, and recalled his two visits to China within nine months, which showed he and the Gambian government attach great importance to and have confidence in closer ties with China.”According to Xinhua, the Chinese foreign minister said China appreciates Gambia’s reaffirmed stance on the one-China policy, and is willing to build mutual trust with the west African country.Meanwhile, a foreign ministry press release reported that the Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad, Dr Mamadou Tangara on Saturday 5th January 2019, also received the State Councillor and Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China, H.E Wang Yi.The Minister also laid emphasis on the one-China policy. According to the release, “Honourable Tangara thanked China through the visiting Foreign Minister and assured him of Gambia’s recognition of the One-China policy.”last_img read more

Hyundai is bringing a refreshed Ioniq Hybrid and PHEV to Europe this

first_imgThe exterior of the new Ioniq isn’t wildy different but we’re digging the more aggressive front end. Hyundai Fans of budget-friendly efficient transportation have reason to be excited because Hyundai announced on Thursday that updated versions of its Ioniq Hybrid and Ioniq Plug-In cars are destined for the European market for the 2019 model year.What’s new for 2019? Kind of a lot, actually. Hyundai’s started by updating the styling, though the changes here are more evolutionary than revolutionary with an updated grille and lighting. Inside the changes are more pronounced with a new infotainment and climate control set-up that replaces the previous Ioniq’s dull sea of black. The new system features an option 10.25-inch touchscreen display that can receive over-the-air updates and uses voice recognition alongside Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.The new Ioniq has some exciting tech under its skin too including a new “Green Zone Drive Mode” that can utilize more power from the electric part of its drivetrain in designated geographical areas. It also uses the Kona’s one-pedal driving system with advanced regenerative braking.While Hyundai hasn’t yet confirmed to us when the new Ioniq is destined to hit US shores, we do know that it will be available in European showrooms starting in the second half of biggest change to the new Ioniq’s interior is the addition of an optional 10.25-inch touchscreen that really lifts the interior of the car. Hyundai More From Roadshow 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Comment 1 Hybrids Car Industry 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything bettercenter_img Hyundai Hyundai Tags Share your voice 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger valuelast_img read more