Bharat Bandh: more arrests in Morena

first_imgPolice have arrested two more persons for their alleged involvement in the violence in Morena during the April 2 Bharat Bandh, an officer said.With the arrest of the duo, the total number of those arrested from Morena district in connection with the violence has gone up to 100, police said.“The two accused, identified as Neeraj Chandolia (28) and Jai Kumar (32), were arrested on Thursday based on a tip-off,” city Kotwali police station in-charge Yogendra Yadav said on Friday.“Both the accused had absconded after indulging in violent acts that led to the death of one person in Morena. They were identified based on the CCTV footage,” he added.They were carrying a reward of ₹10,000 each on their heads, Mr. Yadav said.Gwalior, Bhind and Morena districts in Madhya Pradesh witnessed massive violence during the bandh, organised by Dalit groups to protest a recent Supreme Court order that allegedly diluted certain provisions of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.Eight persons had died in the violence in Madhya Pradesh. While four persons lost their lives in Gwalior, three others died in Bhind and one in Morena.last_img read more

Worker beaten to death in Odisha

first_imgA migrant worker was allegedly beaten to death in Odisha’s Balangir district apparently after he hesitated to accompany a labour contractor to work in a brick-kiln.The victim Jagadish Mirdha, 48, of Dumerpadar village, had taken a token advance from the contractor to work outside the State with his wife and two sons.“My father was forcibly taken in a car by Bhagaban Bariha and Shanti Bariha, henchmen of labour contractor Bishnu, on December 9 evening. The next day, they threw him in front of our house. His condition was critical and we immediately rushed him to a Patnagarh hospital,” said Baikuntha Mirdha, victim’s son.The Patnagarh hospital referred him to the Balangir District Headquarters Hospital, which asked the family to take him to the V.S.S. Medical College Hospital on December 11. As they could not afford further treatment, the patient was brought back to Patnagarh. He died on December 11. A complaint has been registered with the Patnagarh police.“The labour contractor had given us ₹5,000 each. The full advance was not paid and so we were reluctant to go to work,” said Jagdish’s wife Yamuna. “But the contractor constantly threatened us, claiming that we had been paid over ₹1 lakh. My husband was healthy. They brutally beat him up and left him to die.”Balangir, a poverty-stricken western Odisha district, sends thousands of migrant workers to States like Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.last_img read more

Pat Riley’s 50th anniversary in the NBA has arrived

first_imgThe anniversary isn’t an enormous deal to Riley: He doesn’t consider this his 50th anniversary season, since he wasn’t in the league for a couple of those years. He’ll celebrate on Saturday, albeit for a different reason — his son is getting married, a happy coincidence in dates.“I’m tremendously proud of being able to hang in, because this is what I wanted to do, hang in under all circumstances,” Riley said. “I went from a player to a head coach and once I became a head coach that changed the direction of my life and my thinking forever. I became a different person than I was. Becoming a head coach pushed me through the door of ultimate, incredible responsibility.”Riley doesn’t remember much about his first game: He had 10 points in San Diego’s 99-98 loss to the St. Louis Hawks. But the rough moments from the early years remain etched in his mind, like when Rockets coach Jack McMahon told him he was the worst dribbler he’d ever seen, how his first two seasons were dogged by injuries, and how he wondered if his career was done when Portland cut him in 1970.Fate intervened at that moment. Riley and his wife Chris were walking out of the arena into the rain — “walking through the parking lot to nowhere,” Riley said — on the night he got cut, when former Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn just happened to be nearby and offered a word of encouragement. A couple days later, Riley was with the Lakers. He suspects Hearn had just a little something to do with that.“If not for Chick Hearn, I don’t know what would have happened,” Riley said.ADVERTISEMENT A half-century later, he’s still in the game.Riley’s NBA debut was exactly 50 years ago Saturday — Oct. 14, 1967, the start of a Hall of Fame career that saw him go from player to broadcaster, broadcaster to coach, coach to executive. The Miami Heat president has stockpiled nine championship rings, became a best-selling author and motivational speaker, transformed the fashion sense of NBA coaches and left an indelible mark on franchises in Los Angeles, New York and Miami.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd he’s not done.“He’s still going,” said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, Riley’s former assistant who replaced him as head coach nearly a decade ago. “I think that is the ultimate sign of true greatness, his sustainability and ability to constantly adapt and stay ahead of the curve. He’s always three, four, five steps ahead of the competition. His thought process is always ahead of the norm.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments Turner’s 3-run homer in 9th gives Dodgers 4-1 win over Cubs Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  FILE – In this April 19, 2017, file photo, Miami Heat NBA basketball team president Pat Riley talks to the media during a season ending press conference in Miami. Riley’s NBA debut was exactly 50 years ago Saturday _ Oct. 14, 1967, the start of a Hall of Fame career that saw him go from player to broadcaster, broadcaster to coach, coach to executive. The Miami Heat president has stockpiled nine championship rings, became a best-selling author and motivational speaker, transformed the fashion sense of NBA coaches and left an indelible mark on franchises in Los Angeles, New York and Miami. And he’s not done. (David Santiago/El Nuevo Herald via AP, File)MIAMI — Pat Riley often was forced to wonder if his time in the NBA was over. Like when he got pulled out of a drill in his first training camp with San Diego and was told he had to get better. Or when Portland cut the newly married Riley a week after his father died. Or when he realized that his playing days were finished.The fears were always unfounded.ADVERTISEMENT Here’s what did happen: Winning championships and being part of a 33-game winning streak with the Lakers as a player, winning four more titles with the Lakers as a coach, going to the Knicks, famously resigning by fax to take over in Miami, winning another championship as a coach there in 2006 and two more as president in 2012 and 2013, and generally being considered one of the best coaches ever to grace a sideline.Those are just the highlights.“Pat puts more attention on details than anyone I’ve ever been around,” said Los Angeles Lakers President Magic Johnson, who played for Riley during the “Showtime” Lakers’ era in the 1980s. “He’s the best motivator there is. So many of the things he said to us back then, we didn’t realize how right he was until years later. But you know what? He was always right.”At 72, Riley is no figurehead in Miami. He still can relate to players.“He understands the meaning of evolution,” Heat forward Udonis Haslem said. “Not only as a coach, but as a businessman and as a leader. He understands the evolution of this game. Part of being a good leader is kind of knowing when to step back, and he knew when it was time to let Spo become the coach that he is today.”He is, perhaps, as relevant as ever. Riley doesn’t speak publicly anywhere near as often now as in past years, almost preferring to stay out of the spotlight. He wants others in the organization — CEO Nick Arison, general manager Andy Elisburg, assistant GM Adam Simon, among others — to feel like they have big voices now as well.That’s why this week, with the Heat finishing their preseason, Riley could be away with family for his son’s wedding. There was a time when he wouldn’t have missed basketball for anything. He even turned down an invite for a 40th anniversary celebration of Rupp’s Runts — the Kentucky team that would lose to Texas Western in the 1966 NCAA title game — because he couldn’t bring himself to missing a Heat practice.He regrets that decision now, and is finally at a place where he can strike a balance between family, friends and work.After 50 years, he figured it out.“Life, right now, is really good,” Riley said. “And if I were to leave tomorrow, there’s not going to be a blip on the radar screen here. None. That’s what I’m most proud of.” BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Lady Maroons out to prove they can compete even sans Bersola, Tiamzon

first_imgMOST READ But Wednesday, Molde had to face her former mentors Kathy Bersola and Nicole Tiamzon in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference.Molde said the game was an opportunity to prove that the Lady Maroons are still just as capable as they move on from their departure.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I think we’re trying to prove that we can stand on our own even without them guiding us,” said Molde after losing to Bersola and Tiamzon’s BanKo Perlas 30-28, 21-25, 25-21, 25-18 at Filoil Flying V Centre.Molde added that holding their own against them was of “achievement” for the younger players. NLEX downs Alaska behind Fuller’s 30-20, Alas’ stellar game FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress “It was like an achievement for us to play against them after all they were always there for us in UP,” said Molde, who finished with 15 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines hitter Isa Molde had her share of the limelight as one of the focal points of the Lady Maroons.She made immediate impact for UP back in Season 78 when she won Rookie of the Year, but in her two years with the Lady Maroons there were always the seniors watching over her and the team.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantlast_img read more

PV Sindhu on the cusp of history: Road to Rio Olympics final

first_imgPV Sindhu on Thursday created history by becoming the first Indian to advance to the final of the badminton singles event. She will take on world No.1 women’s singles player Carolina Marin of Spain in the Gold medal match today.Here’s a look at her journey from group matches to the final at the Rio Olympics.Women’s Singles Group Play Stage – Grp MSINDU CRUSHES SAROSIIndia’s PV Sindhu thrashed Hungarian Laura Sarosi 21-8, 21-9 in straight games in a Group M match of women’s singles badminton at the Rio Olympics here on Thursday.The world No. 10 took just 27 minutes to wrap up the match against the No. 64.SINDHU FIGHTS BACK VS MICHELLEIn Group M women’s singles, Sindhu managed to eke out a 19-21, 21-15, 21-17 win over Glasgow Commonwealth Games champion Li Michelle in a gruelling 72-minute match.SINDHU DOWNS TAI IN PRE-QUARTERSSindhu brushed aside Tai Tzu-ying of Chinese Taipei 21-13, 21-15 in the pre-quarters.SINDHU BEATS YIHAN IN LAST-8 CLASHSindhu caused a huge upset, stunning world No.2 Wang Yihan of China in straight games to enter the semi-finals of the women’s singles category at the ongoing Rio Olympics.Faced with a much higher rated opponent, the 21-year-old from Hyderabad scripted a 22-20, 21-19 victory in 54 minutes over the former World No.1 at the Riocentro Pavilion 4 here on Tuesday.STUNNING WIN OVER OKUHARA IN SEMISSindhu thumped Nozomi Okuhara of Japan to enter the final of the women’s singles event of badminton competitions, assuring the country at least a Silver medal at the RIo Olympics on Thursday.advertisementWorld No. 10 Sindhu registered a 21-19, 21-10 triumph in the semi-finals over world No. 6 Okuhara to become the first Indian shuttler to enter the final of the Olympics.last_img read more

IPL 2019 auction: Malinga back in the pool, Finch and Maxwell opt out

first_imgSri Lanka great and Indian Premier League’s highest-wicket taker Lasith Malinga is back in the auction pool ahead of the 12th edition of the cash-rich league, scheduled to start in the third week of March.Malinga, who had been three-time champions Mumbai Indians’ key player over the years, has listed himself among nine players with the maximum base price of Rs 2 crore for the auction, which will be held in Jaipur on December 18.The 35-year-old’s decision to make himself available for IPL 2019 helps raise a few eyebrows as the pacer joined Mumbai Indians as a mentor last season after going unsold in the auction in January ahead of the 11th season.However, Malinga, who had been troubled in the recent past by injuries, made a successful comeback to international cricket in 2018 and is bidding to represent Sri Lanka at next year’s World Cup.Meanwhile, Australia’s T20I captain Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell have made themselves unavailable for IPL 2019 after being released by Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Capitals, respectively.The two Australian batsmen have made the decision, keeping in mind a busy schedule and the Cricket World Cup, which will start in England, weeks after the conclusion of IPL, according to ESPNCricinfo.World Cup preparations to affect the availability of players for IPL 12While the IPL is expected to run from the third week of March to mid-May, the World Cup-bound Australian players have been asked by Cricket Australia to return for a preparatory camp by May 2, the report added.advertisementBarring the West Indies and New Zealand, all other countries have put restrictions on the players’ availability for the 12th season of IPL.World Cup-bound English players have been requested to return home by April 25, while South Africa players are expected to join a preparatory camp by May 10, and Sri Lankans by May 6. Bangladesh players and Ireland players have also been asked to head back home by April 15 and April 30, respectively.Sam Curran in INR 2 crore base-price clubA total of 1003 players have registered themselves for the 70 spots available in the eight IPL franchises. There will be 232 overseas players, who have thrown their hat in the ring and 800 uncapped players with 746 of them being Indians.Among the foreign players, 35 Australians have registered themselves while 27 players are from Afghanistan. The highest number of players registered — 59 — are from South Africa while USA, Hong Kong and Ireland have one player each in the initial list.England’s Sam Curran, Colin Ingram, Chris Woakes and Australia’s D’Arcy Short, Shaun Marsh, along with Angelo Mathews, and New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum and Corey Anderson are part of the Rs 2 crore base-price club.Fast bowler Jaydev Unadkat, who was released by Rajasthan Royals, has listed himself for Rs 1.5 crore, the maximum base price for an Indian.All-rounder Yuvraj Singh has listed himself for Rs 1 crore, so have wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha, spinner Axar Patel and pacers Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma.The list will be further pruned for the auction with franchises being given time till December 10 to submit their wish-list of players.Another notable development will be the absence of auctioneer Richard Madley, who became a regular feature during the IPL auctions over the years.(With inputs from PTI)Also Read | Pakistan’s Yasir Shah run out after his shoe comes off in Test vs New ZealandAlso Read | India vs Australia: Usman Khawaja’s one-handed catch leaves Virat Kohli stunnedlast_img read more

Nova Scotians Cautioned Against Blacklegged Ticks

first_imgAs Nova Scotians enjoy the woods and parks this spring, it is important to take precautions against bites from blacklegged ticks that can cause Lyme disease. “The risk of Lyme disease is quite low in most areas of Nova Scotia,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Chief Public Health Officer for Nova Scotia. “We have to recognize that ticks are here to stay but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t enjoy the outdoors this summer. There are easy things we can do to prevent or reduce our contact with ticks and the infection they can cause.” Dr. Strang advises Nova Scotians to take the following precautions, especially in areas where blacklegged ticks and Lyme disease are known to be established: “Tick checks are very important,” said Dr. Strang. “Removing ticks as soon as possible can prevent or reduce the risk of infection, since blacklegged ticks can only transmit the bacterial infection after they have been attached to the skin for about 24 hours.” There are many kinds of ticks in Nova Scotia, but only blacklegged ticks carry the bacteria that can cause Lyme disease. Infected ticks can spread a bacterial infection through bites. If detected early, Lyme disease can be treated with antibiotics. The earliest and most common symptom of Lyme disease is a bull’s eye rash at the site of the bite. Other symptoms include fever, fatigue, muscle aches and headaches. If untreated, more serious illnesses can occur, including facial palsy (a weakening of facial muscles) and heart or chronic joint problems. These complications can also be treated with antibiotics. There have been 67 confirmed and probable cases of Lyme disease in Nova Scotia since 2002. The four areas in Nova Scotia where blacklegged ticks are known to be established are: the area around Admiral’s Cove Park in Bedford; Gunning Cove in Shelburne County; Pictou County, specifically the areas around Melmerby Beach, Egerton, Kings Head and Pine Tree; and the Blue Rocks, Garden Lots, Heckmans Island and surrounding areas of Lunenburg County. To help track tick activity, people are urged to send ticks that they find on themselves or pets to the Museum of Natural History in Halifax. Nova Scotians can also drop ticks off at a local Department of Natural Resources office. The ticks should be placed in an empty pill bottle and labelled with the date and location where they were found. Blacklegged ticks are brown to reddish orange, lack white markings on their backs and are much smaller than dog ticks. Images of the blacklegged tick, instructions on removing ticks and general information on Lyme disease are available at www.gov.ns.ca/hpp . wear light-coloured long-sleeved shirts and pants (so ticks are more visible), light-coloured socks and enclosed shoes while working or playing outside or hiking in the woods pull socks up over pant legs and tuck in shirts spray clothing and exposed skin with an insect repellent containing DEET (follow manufacturers’ instructions) check clothing and exposed skin for ticks after working or playing outside or in the bushes or tall grass and remove any ticks attached to the skin keep grass cut to minimize suitable habitat for ticks on properties.last_img read more

Notley brushes off concern amidst NDP battles and provinces teaming up on

first_imgDespite the ongoing battle with a fellow NDP government over the Trans Mountain pipeline and provinces linking up to fight carbon taxes, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she’s not worried about national support when she runs for re-election. “Not at all,” Notley said this week. “People align on the basis of certain issues.” Notley and B.C. NDP Premier John Horgan remain at odds over the pipeline expansion, as the Liberal government recently announced buying the project in order to save it in the face of court challenges, with a plan of selling it later. Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has sided with B.C. on the issue and when Singh tweeted last month about the approval process being rigged, science being ignored and that it shouldn’t be built, Notley called his comments “is absolutely, fundamentally, incontrovertibly incorrect.” As Notley defends the pipeline, she’s also seeing mounting opposition to carbon taxes in the country, and UCP Leader Jason Kenney has pledged to scrap Alberta’s version if elected next year. Kenney has also said he’d follow Ontario Premier-elect Doug Ford, who formally announced his province would join the Saskatchewan court challenge to the federal carbon tax plan. But Notley questioned the strategy. “I think we need to think about folks who start making plans for when the people of Alberta elect them into a position that they don’t currently hold 11 months beforehand,” she said. “I was here in 2015, and part of the way we won the election was we said you know what, the arrogance and the entitlement of the past, that’s not a thing that’s cool. “Maybe Mr. Kenney ought to change his dial just a little bit there.” As for provinces joining the fight on carbon taxes, Notley said it’s not unanimous. “We’ve got for instance a conservative government in Manitoba, which has already acknowledged that the court case that Saskatchewan is planning on moving forward on is probably going to fail,” she said.“Make no mistake, the federal government has the ability to do this, so you can make it a political plank to go to court all you want, but folks need to understand what the outcome likely is going to be.” Manitoba did sign on to Ottawa’s climate plan back in February, and Premier Brian Pallister recently said Ford’s election wouldn’t alter his plan for a $25-per-tonne levy. But Pallister has also said Manitoba would take Ottawa to court if the Liberals attempted to impose a higher tax and New Brunswick’s version is at odds with federal regulations. Still, Notley says she doesn’t think she’s on a political island. “Two premiers and that is lovely and a leader of the official opposition, but there are actually many more provinces than that across the country,” she said.On Friday after Ford announced his intention to join the challenge, Kenney commended him. “Whereas the Government of Saskatchewan is standing up for families across the country with a constitutional challenge against the carbon tax, Alberta’s NDP is choosing to stand with their Trudeau Liberal allies and a tax that makes it more expensive to heat homes and drive to work,” he said in a statement. But Liberal support is critical for Notley’s re-election chances according to Mount Royal University political scientist Duane Bratt, considering her relationship with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.“If you didn’t have that partnership, you wouldn’t have seen the Trudeau government purchase the pipeline,” Bratt said, adding he agrees that Saskatchewan likely won’t win on the constitutional challenge. With all the internal and external battles, Bratt said Notley has the pipeline, which is undeniably integral to possible re-election. “Without Trans Mountain, she doesn’t have a hope of being re-elected, with Trans Mountain she has a hope,” he said. “There’s multiple other issues at play here, but if she hadn’t delivered that, she wouldn’t stand a chance in 2019.”last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Companies reporting major news:Air Canada. (TSX:AC). Up $1.52 or 3.91 per cent to $40.40. Air Canada and Transat AT Inc. announced Canada’s largest airline wants to purchase the other for about $520 million. Air Canada would pay $13 per share for Transat.The Supreme Cannabis Company Inc. (TSX:FIRE). Up one cent or 0.54 per cent to $1.87. The Supreme Cannabis Company Inc. signed a deal to acquire Langley, B.C.-based Blissco Cannabis Corp. in an all-stock deal it valued at $48 million. Each Blissco share would be exchanged for 0.24 of a common share of Supreme Cannabis.The Canadian Press Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,443.86, up 125.72 points).Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Up 15 cents, or 7.5 per cent, to $2.15 on 12.9 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up 28 cents, or 2.4 per cent, to $11.95 on 9.5 million shares.Prometic Life Sciences Inc. (TSX:PLI). Health care. Up half a cent, or 11.11 per cent, to five cents on 9.2 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financials. Up 16 cents, or 0.68 per cent, to $23.64 on 6.6 million shares.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Energy. Up 61 cents, or 1.24 per cent, to $49.91 on 5.9 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Energy. Down six cents, or 0.51 per cent, to $11.80 on 5.4 million shares. read more

On eve of food security summit Ban to fast in solidarity with

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon intends to join a 24-hour fast over the weekend on the eve of the World Summit on Food Security in solidarity with the planet’s one billion people who do not have enough to eat, his spokesperson said today.Mr. Ban will deliver a speech at the opening of the three-day summit in Rome on Monday in which he is expected to say that it is unacceptable that more than one billion go hungry when the world has more than enough food, Marie Okabe told a news briefing.“He will also highlight the human cost of the recent food, energy and economic crises and say that these crises are a wake-up call for tomorrow,” she added. “In particular, he will emphasize the link between food security and climate change.”Mr. Ban will stress that next month’s climate change meeting in Copenhagen must conclude a comprehensive agreement that will provide a firm foundation for a legally binding treaty on climate change.The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Wednesday called for a day-long, global hunger strike.“We are suggesting that everyone in the world who wants to show solidarity with the one hungry billion people on this planet go on hunger strike next Saturday or Sunday,” FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf told a press conference in Rome. 13 November 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon intends to join a 24-hour fast over the weekend on the eve of the World Summit on Food Security in solidarity with the planet’s one billion people who do not have enough to eat, his spokesperson said today. read more

Key to successful peacebuilding efforts is political will Ban tells Security Council

“Peacebuilding is a complex and multifaceted undertaking. It requires significant amounts of human, financial and institutional resources,” Mr. Ban noted in his remarks to the Security Council’s debate on post-conflict peacebuilding. “But the most important tool we can deploy is the political commitment of national and international actors,” he stated.The Secretary-General, in a report issued last July, laid out some of the other factors that are important to ensuring successful peacebuilding efforts. These include seizing the crucial opportunity after the end of a major conflict, responding early and robustly, staying engaged over the long term, and tailoring efforts to the needs of each country. For peace to last, he stated, concrete peace dividends had to be delivered, with real benefits in people’s daily lives. He added that peace will not endure unless governments in post-conflict countries are able to perform the basic functions of a State and to ensure sustainable security.These functions include policing the streets, upholding the rule of law, establishing a functioning justice and corrections system and delivering basic services. Governments should also be capable of demobilizing and reintegrating ex-combatants, developing a professional security sector, and protecting civilians from death and injuries caused by landmines. “Timely funding is essential,” Mr. Ban also stressed, stating that it is vital to have adequate and timely resources for early peacebuilding tasks, including, if necessary, the rapid deployment of standing police and other civilian capacities. Since its establishment in 2006, the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund has provided resources to 16 countries, with 88 per cent of this funding going to countries with either peacekeeping missions or political and peacebuilding missions. The Fund also serves as a pillar of support for the UN Peacebuilding Commission, which was set up in 2005 to help struggling States avoid slipping back into war and chaos by providing strategic advice and harnessing expertise and finance from around the world to aid with recovery projects. Approximately $106 million from the Fund has been allocated to the four countries on the Commission’s agenda – Burundi, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau and the Central African Republic (CAR). The Secretary-General noted, however, that the Peacebuilding Fund’s value is in identifying priority areas and helping to channel resources to them. By itself, it can not meet the financial needs of countries emerging from conflict.“I therefore urge donor countries to increase their support: as bilateral donors, through direct contributions to countries emerging from conflict and as multilateral donors, through the international financial institutions or UN agencies on the ground,” he told the meeting, which is scheduled to hear from nearly 50 speakers during the day-long debate, including Ambassador Peter Wittig of Germany, who serves as Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission.In a related development, the Security Council has decided to cancel its planned mission to Africa, which was scheduled to depart today, due to the disruption to international flights in and across Europe caused by the ash clouds resulting from the volcanic eruption in Iceland. 16 April 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the need for strong political commitment by post-conflict countries and their international partners, saying it is the key to building lasting peace in the aftermath of war. read more

Canadians prescription drug costs to balloon by up to 165B under free

OTTAWA — The recently announced free-trade deal with Europe will likely cost Canadians hundreds of millions of dollars more for prescription drugs, says a new analysis.The report, by two York University professors, says concessions by the federal government to cement the deal will delay the arrival cheap generic drugs by about a year, on average.[np_storybar title=”Here’s who wins and loses in the Canada-EU free trade deal” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/10/18/canada-eu-trade-deal-winners-losers/”%5DEvery free trade deal has winners and losers, and the much-anticipated Canada-European Union is no exception. Lee Berthiaume takes a deeper look. [/np_storybar]And the delay will add between $850 million and $1.65 billion — or up to 13% — to the total drug bill paid annually by Canadians, either directly, through insurance plans or by provinces.The researchers are also skeptical of claims by brand-name manufacturers that extended patent life will be an incentive to the industry to invest more in Canada.“There is no incentive for them to invest more in Canada,” said Marc-Andre Gagnon, one of the authors.“The question is: Are we getting bang for the buck? And the answer is No.”The report warns that all Canadians will likely wind up paying more in taxes, or higher premiums for private drug plans — and Canadians who can least afford it will bear the biggest burden.“People with no drug coverage and paying out of pocket are usually people with minimum-wage jobs and are often the least able to absorb increases in prices,” says the report.Russell Williams of R&D Canada, which represents the brand-name drug industry, questioned whether it was possible to estimate cost increases because it is impossible to predict what new drugs will hit the market a decade from now.“Nobody knows what the prices will be. Nobody can predict a 2023 scenario with any credibility,” he said.He also disputed that the changes will have no impact of investment by the industry, saying spending on research and development shot through the roof after 1987, the last time Ottawa made significant changed to patent protection.The paper, being released Thursday by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, was co-authored by Joel Lexchin, a physician and professor of York University’s school of health policy; and Gagnon, a public-policy professor and researcher with the Pharmaceutical Policy Research Collaboration.Under the terms of the Canada-European Union free-trade agreement tabled in the House of Commons this week, brand-name manufacturers can extend by up to two years the life of their patents. They also won the right of appeal against unfavourable court rulings, which could add another six-to-18 months to patent life.The federal government has acknowledged costs could rise. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has pledged to compensate provinces for any additional costs, which would only appear starting in 2023, assuming the deal is in place by Jan. 1, 2015. There was no pledge, however, to compensate individuals or private insurance plans.Previous studies conducted before details of the agreement were released Oct. 18 also projected higher costs, up to $2.8 billion, based on the expectation there would be longer patent protection.But Gagnon and Lexchin say those assumptions were based on Canada adopting the European model of patent protection, rather than going only part way, as was agreed to in negotiations. The expected delay, using the same assumptions as a previous study, was ratcheted down to 1.05 years.That doesn’t mean that average couldn’t be longer, or longer for specific drugs, Gagnon noted. At the extremes, the combination of extended patent restoration and right to appeal could keep generic copies on the sidelines as much as three years longer, which would increase the cost estimates.In the information package issued day the deal was announced, the federal government said the extended patent protection would help “keep Canada as an important destination for research and development.”The industry, represented by R&D Canada, at the time praised the agreement known as CETA, saying the improvement to intellectual property protection “will help drive investment (and) support high-paying jobs.”That’s a doubtful assertion, say the authors. They note that when Ottawa extended patent protection in 1987, the brand-name industry committed to invest at least 10% of sales in Canada but have not met the target since 2003.The most recent figures for 2012 show that R&D spending in Canada represents only 6.6% of sales, the researchers say.“It is expected that the R&D-to-sales ratio will decline even more, since CETA will artificially inflate sales due to higher costs without increasing R&D expenditures,” they write.Williams called the system of measuring the ratio flawed. The industry invests more than $1 billion a year in Canada and has lived up to its commitments, he said.Gagnon says the uncertainty over the predicted higher annual cost — from a low of $850 million to a high of $1.65 billion — stems from a lack of clarity as to what new drugs will be covered under the agreement. If minor changes to existing drugs also receive the added protection, the bill will be higher for Canadians.By comparison, according to sources, Canadian exporters stand to gain only about $226 million from the elimination of virtually all industrial tariffs once the deal comes into place.Gagnon says Canadians already pay more for pharmaceuticals than citizens of almost any other country, except the United States, at about $900 a person, and CETA will only add to the burden. read more

Policeman injured during attack on Jaffna judge dies

A policeman who was injured during a shooting incident targeting a prominent judge in Jaffna yesterday, succumbed to his injuries in hospital.The judge involved in the murder case of Sivaloganathan Vithya was shot at in Jaffna last evening. High Court judge N. Illancheliyan was shot at by gunmen in Nallur, Jaffna while he was in his vehicle.The judge was unhurt but a policeman who was giving security to the judge was injured. The High Court judge is part of a trial-at-bar hearing the case on the rape and murder of the school girl. (Colombo Gazette)

Sri Lankan fishermen arrested and remanded in Seychelles

They were produced before a local court and remanded. A group of fishermen have been arrested and remanded in Seychelles, the Sri Lankan High Commission in Seychelles said.The Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Seychelles Tikiri Herath Gunathilake said in an email that the fishermen had been on a Sri Lankan registered boat named ‘Nuwan Putha’.

Hamiltons Kia Nurse sinks 9 threepointers ties NCAA tournament record

Hamilton-native Kia Nurse made history Tuesday night when she tied an NCAA Tournament record and led UConn to their 109th consecutive win. In a second-round rematch of last year’s national championship game, the Canadian junior guard scored 29 points in a 94-64 victory over Syracuse. Nurse missed just three of her 13 shots and tied an NCAA Tournament record with nine 3-pointers.

Hedge fund gets OK to go ahead with its own meeting of

Hedge fund gets OK to go ahead with its own meeting of Telus voting shareholders AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 12, 2012 5:44 pm MDT New York hedge fund Mason Capital Management has won the latest legal victory in the dispute over Telus Corp.’s share conversion strategy, but the telecom company has signalled it’s still in the fight with a plan to hold an already scheduled vote on consolidation.Mason Capital Management was given the green light by the British Columbia Court of Appeal to go ahead with its rival meeting of voting shareholders of Telus to consider a premium for the share conversion plan.Mason said it will ask the court for directions to hold its own meeting and will also ask for a postponement of Telus’s meeting, slated for Wednesday.But Telus said Friday that it still will hold its shareholder meeting on Oct. 17, despite Mason’s victory.“We’re looking forward to our Oct. 17 shareholder meeting,” said Nick Culo, vice-president of corporate communications.The B.C. Court of Appeal set aside a lower court decision that had prevented Mason Capital from having its own meeting of Telus’s voting shareholders.“In my view, it is appropriate to allow the parties to work out the logistics for the scheduled meetings, with the assistance of the Supreme Court, as necessary,” Justice Harvey Groberman said in a written decision.Telus (TSX:T) wants to convert its dual-class share structure, which separates shares that have voting rights and non-voting A shares (TSX:T.A). Mason has repeatedly said holders of Telus’s voting shares should get a premium to approve it, which Telus said it isn’t required to do.The court, however, did express concern about Mason’s “empty voting,” or hedged position in Telus, which the telecom firm has also criticized.“The limited financial stake that Mason has in Telus is a cause for concern. It has placed itself in a position where the well-being of the company or the value of the company’s shares is of limited concern to it,” Groberman said.“Instead, its interests lie in widening the gap between the prices of non-voting and common shares.”Mason Capital owns about 19 per cent of Telus’s voting stock, making it the largest voting shareholder. Mason shorted almost the same amount in non-voting shares, essentially betting the price of those shares would fall if the share consolidation plan was defeated.Short sellers make a profit when the stock price falls.It is a legal trading strategy in Canada based on the traditional gap in prices between the voting and less desirable non-voting shares. Telus has complained that Mason Capital was voting $1.9 billion worth of Telus’ common shares with only a $25 million net economic stake in the company.The judge said Mason Capital doesn’t appear to be violating any laws, and the appeal court can’t intervene on “empty voting.”“To the extent that cases of ’empty voting’ are subverting the goals of shareholder democracy, the remedy must lie in legislative and regulatory change,” Groberman said.Mason Capital said Telus shareholders with voting rights will get their say.“Telus has refused to consider the concerns of its voting shareholders and has demonstrated that it was prepared to go to almost any length to force through its one-to-one proposal,” Mason said in a statement.“Now voting shareholders will have the opportunity to have a say on the critical issue of a fair minimum premium for the Telus voting shares in a share conversion.”Mason has proposed a minimum premium valuation of either 4.75 per cent — which represents the historic average trading premium of the voting shares over the non-voting shares — or a minimum premium of eight per cent.Telus first introduced its share-conversion plan in February, but withdrew the proposal right before its annual general meeting in May when it said that Mason’s “empty voting” tactics would prevent it from passing.Telus has said the share conversion plan will give it more liquidity, is in line with good governance and will allow the telecom company to list its common shares on the New York Stock Exchange.Traditionally, the non-voting shares have been primarily held by Canadian institutional and retail investors.Voting shares in Telus added 10 cents to close at $62.71 Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange. read more

Building peace requires culture education – message of historic UN Security Council

UN Photo/Manuel EliasThe Security Council unanimously adopts resolution 2347 (2017), condemning the unlawful destruction of cultural heritage in the context of armed conflicts, notably by terrorist groups.Need for supply chain integrity and stopping illicit trade of cultural propertyAlso today, the top UN political official said that in addition to making every effort to implement the international legal and normative framework on protection of culture, as well as strengthen international cooperation, a response was needed from global criminal justice to prevent trafficking in cultural property by disrupting organized criminal and terrorist networks.“We need to put a stronger focus on investigation, cross-border cooperation and exchange of information, and on bringing in private and public sector partners, including dealers and the tourism sector, to promote supply chain integrity and stop the illicit trade and sale of cultural property,” said Jeffrey Feltman, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs.Yury Fedotov, the Executive Director of UNODC also welcomed the resolution’s emphasis on international cooperation in crime prevention and criminal justice responses to counter trafficking in cultural property.“The resolution […] addresses the vital issue of trafficking in cultural property as a source of terrorism financing, and also sets out ways of protecting cultural heritage during armed conflict where it is most vulnerable,” he said, noting that it strengthened the international community’s ability to tackle the issue and help acts that fund terrorism, and enable yet more destruction and looting of cultural sites and archaeological treasures.Also speaking at the Security Council, Commander Fabrizio Parulli of the Carabinieri Italiani (the national gendarmerie of Italy) and the UNESCO Unite4Heritage task force shared the latest data on illicit trafficking, and said that over the course of last year, 800,000 artefacts had been seized by Italian forces in the fight against the financing of criminal activities. “The deliberate destruction of heritage […] has become a tactic of war to tear societies over the long term, in a strategy of cultural cleansing,” said Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) following the resolution’s adoption.“This is why defending cultural heritage is more than a cultural issue, it is a security imperative, inseparable from that of defending human lives,” she added.Today’s briefing by Ms. Bokova to the Security Council was the first time a head of UNESCO has been invited in that capacity.Defending cultural heritage is more than a cultural issue, it is a security imperative, inseparable from that of defending human lives – Irina Bokova,  head of UNESCOIn her briefing, she explained that since the adoption of Resolution 2199 (in 2015), which prohibits trade in cultural property from Iraq and Syria, efforts were well-underway to disrupt terrorist financing through the illicit trafficking of antiquities.“Together, UNESCO, INTERPOL, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), customs services, the private sector and museums are all bolstering cooperation, coordinating new action,” she noted.Through the newly-adopted resolution, the Security Council also underlined that such destruction can hamper post-conflict reconciliation, undermine economic and cultural development and, that, in certain conditions, could constitute a war crime.“Weapons are not enough to defeat violent extremism. Building peace requires culture also; it requires education, prevention, and the transmission of heritage,” added Ms. Bokova.“This is the message of this historic resolution,” she stated. read more

Heres What Adam Silver Thinks About Our Proposal To Fix The NBA

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONAdam SilverCommissionerMay 28, 2015Dear Jody, Chadwick, Neil and Kate:Thanks for your letter and for devoting FiveThirtyEight’s considerable resources (and those of your readers/listeners) to addressing the NBA Draft Lottery.I was impressed with the detail and sophistication on display in many of the proposals — though I can’t say I’ll be riding a bear into the Lottery room any time soon. From the Tombstone Date to the Tweaked Wheel, I am grateful for the hard work of all 7,000 passionate basketball fans who took the time to examine our Draft Lottery from every conceivable angle.Of course, there can only be one winning proposal, and the work of the Futures Draft Planning Committee is a worthy champion. It is thorough, well researched and addresses many of the questions we are currently facing with the Draft Lottery; in fact, our internal Draft Lottery working team looked at models very similar to the one proposed by Samuel and Cody. While we continue to study this concept, we believe that “NBA Futures” runs into some of the same problems as other proposals we have considered — namely, by solving one potential problem, it creates a host of new ones.To elaborate, we believe the proposed system would represent a change in two major areas:First, it creates more variability; it is difficult to predict exactly where a team will finish in a particular year, so there is not a guaranteed reward for getting the first selection of a surrogate” team. However, we believe there would be a strong correlation between the selection order of surrogate teams and their actual performance (based on the high correlation of teams’ year-over-year performance). This suggests that there would indeed still be an incentive to be among the worst-performing teams in any given year.Second, “NBA Futures” delays the allocation of high draft picks to poor performing teams; for example, Team X finishes with the worst record in year 1 and gets the right to select its surrogate team first – Team . As described above, we would expect Team Y to perform poorly in year 2 more often than not, thus resulting in a high draft pick for Team X after year 2. Under our current system, Team X would get a high draft pick after year 1.It is debatable whether the goals of increased variability and delayed allocation of high draft picks to poor-performing teams are the right ones. If we were in fact seeking to accomplish these two goals, there are several approaches that might be more straightforward. For example:– To add variability, level out the odds for the worst performing teams– To delay pick allocation, tie lottery odds to performance from one year priorThe proposed system could also create strange incentives around surrogate team selection: Will teams be inclined to select a surrogate in their division or conference for competitive purposes? Will teams try to sign their surrogates top free agent simply to make them worse? There could also be situations in which a team would have incentive to contribute to its non-surrogates improvement.And even though it sounds like Samuel and Cody have thought of contingencies like no trade clauses between surrogate teams, the proposal would likely add a significant layer of complexity to the trading of draft picks.Finally, its worth noting that the timing of surrogate selection would be very important. Wherever set, it could become subject to gamesmanship by teams sequencing transactions or disclosing (or not disclosing) information, like injuries, on either side of the deadline.As you can see, while there appears to be a growing consensus that we need to reform the Draft Lottery, finding the right balance of competing interests, especially one that will gain the support of three-quarters of NBA teams (the vote required to make the change), is a work in-progress. Regardless of the outcome, all of us at the NBA thank you for your contributions to a lively debate. Please keep the ideas coming!Sincerely,(Adam Signature) Over the last month, our sports podcast “Hot Takedown” asked listeners to submit their ideas for how to fix the NBA Lottery and end tanking. We got almost 7,000 responses, some silly, most very thoughtful. We picked one — a proposal in which teams would place bets on how other teams will perform, divorcing one’s own record from one’s own lottery pick (read about it here) — and sent it off to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s office.And then we waited. Most of us (all of us) figured that was it. Usually letters to powerful sports bureaucrats go into the ether.Well, on Friday an envelope arrived in the mail from Commissioner Silver’s office. Someone had clearly read our letter and taken the time to draft a three-page response. (But, for what it’s worth, that someone had not listened to the podcast, or seen my bio page — it was addressed to “Ms.” Jody Avirgan.)The letter lauded our project, offered a detailed response to our plan, and acknowledged a “growing consensus” that the lottery needs fixing. Ultimately, though, it said the equivalent of “thanks, but no thanks.” But over three pages!Watch the video above for instant reaction from “Hot Takedown” host Chadwick Matlin and me. We’ve also posted the full text of the letter at the bottom of this post, and invite you to annotate it on Genius.We’ll dig into the details of Silver’s response soon, but here are a few quick notes.“I can’t say I’ll be riding a bear into the Lottery room any time soon,” Silver writes. Bummer. But the vision lives on.The word “tanking” does not appear in this letter.Nevertheless, in responding to the “futures” plan, Silver does say he thinks “there would still be an incentive to be among the worst-performing teams.” Not to get too Talmudic, but is his use of “still” a tacit acknowledgment that there is currently an incentive to perform poorly?It’s signed only “Adam.” Neat.It’s tough to say whether this letter, along with the other statements Silver has made about lottery reform, indicates that the NBA is truly considering or merely entertaining more creative ideas. And Silver points out that three-quarters of owners will have to approve any changes. Is mentioning that the lottery’s fate is in owners’ hands an excuse not to take bold action, or just realism?Toward the end of the letter, Silver writes that “there appears to be a growing consensus that we need to reform the Draft Lottery.” In the past, Silver has flat-out denied that players are trying to lose, but he’s also acknowledged that the Competition Committee is looking at lottery reform. Part of me appreciates his candor, and part of me is surprised that Silver is still using cautious language like “appears to be … growing.”We’ve already re-extended our invitation for Commissioner Silver to come on “Hot Takedown” to further discuss the proposals and NBA tanking. Again, you can annotate his response for yourself and listen to our original podcast discussing all the proposals below (tanking conversation starts at 17:30): More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Powered by Genius Silver’s full letter, plus your annotations: Embed Code By Jody Avirgan Adam Silver Responds To FiveThirtyEight’s Letter About The NBA Lottery Adam Silver read more

July pact hangs in balance

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Prime Minister George Papandreou and Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos failed to offer concrete answers to other members of the Cabinet on what a planned revision of the terms of a second rescue plan for Greece, which was hammered out by European Union leaders in July but has yet to be ratified, will mean in real terms. Many ministers left a cabinet meeting complaining that they had understood little or nothing about the outlook for Greece following indications this week by several EU officials, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Eurogroup Chairman Jean-Claude Juncker, that the second rescue package — referred to now as the July 21 agreement -would be subject to certain changes. According to sources, Venizelos had wanted to fully brief his fellow ministers about the scenarios being considered by his eurozone counterparts but was prevented from doing so by Papandreou due to fears of the possible repercussions of such speculation. But many ministers reportedly pressed Venizelos to elaborate on comments he made earlier in the day to a group of MPs of ruling PASOK regarding the “broadening of efforts to tackle Greece’s debt.” Venizelos is also said to have reassured MPs that he expected deliberations by eurozone counterparts to produce a positive decision for Greece, “that would fortify our country institutionally and financially.” But the minister fudged his responses to questions about the possibility of a larger-than-expected haircut on Greek debt, a scenario that would mean rather than being in “selective default” Greece would experience a full default. According to sources, several ministers, including Health Minister Andreas Loverdos, complained to Papandreou after the cabinet meeting about the lack of substance to the briefing. The July 21 agreement is expected to be high on the agenda of scheduled talks tomorrow between Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Additonally an extraordinary meeting of eurozone finance ministers that was due to take place on October 13 to decide whether Greece should receive its next emergency loan tranche has been postponed. Eurogroup chief and Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker announced the delay saying that the final decision on Greece’s eight billion-euro instalment has been postponed because the troika’s assessment will not be ready by October 13. He did not suggest an alternative date for the meeting but insisted that Greece would not default and that there had been no discussion of this option. In the meantime the Greek Parliament voted late on Tuesday in favor of holding a referendum aimed at getting the public’s approval for a series of constitutional changes. Although the government has not yet set out in detail what topics it will address, it may want to pave the way to make it easier to fire civil servants and to set up tax courts to give authorities greater power in pursuing people and businesses that owe money to the state. However, Interior Minister Haris Kastanidis suggested to MPs that that referendum would contain a question that would allow Greeks to state their opinion on how the government is tackling the economic crisis. “The question that will be posed will relate to the fundamental interests of the Greek people in the face of the fiscal and economic crisis,” said Kastanidis. “It will involve a question or questions that will relate to the crucial economic and fiscal situation.” The minister did not give any further details apart from saying that the question that will be put to Greek voters later this year will not be easy. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more