Delhi Pollution: Difficult to play cricket wearing masks, says Sourav Ganguly to India Today

Posted On Nov 18 2019 by

first_imgDelhi smog has hogged all the limelight away from the third and final Test going on between India and Sri Lanka at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium.Right from day one, the Sri Lankan players have been struggling to run and breathe in the smoggy conditions of Delhi and on Tuesday, even Indian pacer Mohammed Shami looked like he was uneasy after bowling a couple of fiery bouncers, one of which got him the wicket of Sadeera Samarawickrama.There has been a lot of debate whether the trouble being shown by Sri Lankan players is genuine or not but everyone has agreed to the point that Delhi was not the ideal place to hold a Test match at this time of the year.Forme India captain Sourav Ganguly expressed that it seemed to him like the conditions are only getting tougher and while the intensity of the problem is known only to the players, it is tough to see masks on a cricket field.”It seems it’s getting tough. I saw Mohammed Shami also struggling a bit when he bowled late in the evening today, struggling to run in like Lakmal, he struggled. Like we saw last year Bengal and Gujarat game (Ranji Trophy) was called off because of smog in Delhi, not a single ball was bowled in all four days. Definitely there are issues, how much it is you really don’t know because we are far from it, how much the players feeling it but it is so difficult to see masks on a cricket field,” Ganguly said to India Today.advertisementWATCH FULL VIDEOGanguly added that he doesn’t know how the Sri Lankans are properly breathing with those masks on but the issue has to be considered and hoped that all cricketers finish the game healthy.”I don’t know how they breathe, how they keep running and how they play cricket because you have to breathe properly and I don’t know whether with those masks, you can do it. This needs to be taken into consideration at some stage when winter comes and Delhi gets a game, may be give Delhi a game before Diwali or after New Year or may be in the month of February and March when everything settles down. This needs to be genuinely looked at and I hope they all finish the game healthy,” Ganguly added.The Prince of Kolkata was all praise for Virat Kohli as well, who on Tuesday, became the only Indian to aggregate over 600 runs in a Test series thrice. Sunil Gavaskar and Rahul Dravid had achieved the feat twice. Even as he is breaking and making records with his batting prowess, Kohli the captain is inching towards record-equalling 21st Test win as captain in Tests for India.Virat Kohli brings up 50 runs off 55 balls #INDvSL BCCI (@BCCI) December 5, 2017Ganguly congratulated Kohli for the achievement and hoped that the captain and the Indian team will continue their winning streak overseas.”It’s a terrific achievement. I don’t remember how many Test matches he has captained but to achieve 21 wins is remarkable. That’s how cricket has become these days, there are results anywhere in the world you play, you either win or lose and Virat Kohli has rightly finished on the winning side more number of times. So congratulations to him and to the team because you know it’s a team sport.”Expectations will be there to continue the winning streak in South Africa, England and Australia. I think Virat Kohli can do that, he’s got the hunger and the fight to do it and hopefully he can turn it around in difficult conditions as well,” Ganguly said.While Kohli has been going through a purple patch, India Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has been having a bit of a struggle with batting in the sub continent.13.4: WICKET! A Rahane (10) is out, c Lakshan Sandakan b Dilruwan Perera, 29/2- BCCI (@BCCI) December 5, 2017With just 17 runs in three matches this Test series against Sri Lanka, Rahane’s form has been a sign of worry for India ahead of their South Africa tour.However, Ganguly said he was not worried about Rahane because the India Test stalwart has a much better batting record in overseas conditions than the subcontinent.”He has just been off colour this series but I really don’t worry about Ajinkya Rahane because the quality is there. His performance in England, South Africa and Australia has been much better than what he has performed in the subcontinent, he has somehow found a way to struggle in the subcontinent, I don’t know why is that.”advertisementGanguly said that Rahane is a hard working cricketer and he is sure than with just one innings, Rahane will find his way back to form.”Come South Africa, he is a hard working cricketer and I am sure he will get back to scoring runs, it is just about one innings. The concern would have been if he would have struggled in both places or if you would have scored in India and not overseas but overseas, he scores a lot more runs so it’s not a worry and his form is temporary but class is permanent as they say and that is applicable in case of Ajinkya Rahane because I see a lot of class in his batting.”Ganguly also backed the Indian captain to win over Cheteshwar Pujara on the badminton court. He was referring to the video BCCI released of Kohli and Pujara a couple of days ago where Pujara asked Kohli which sport the Indian captain would challenge him at. Kohli conceded that Pujara doesn’t make mistakes and he would try his luck at badminton against him.VIDEO: #TeamIndia Captain @imVkohli makes an admission to @cheteshwar1 and challenges him for a game of badminton.Watch the full interview on BCCI (@BCCI) December 3, 2017Ganguly opined that Kohli’s speed will give him an edge over Pujara and he reckoned the Indian captain will beat his teammate in a badminton game.”I think Virat Kohli (will beat Pujara in badminton) because he can move swifter on the court than Pujara. Pujara with his heavy knees would be little slow on the court and I reckon Virat Kohli will beat with pace. Perfectionist yes, I think once Pujara reaches the shuttle, he will hit it back to Virat but he has to reach first before he hits the shuttle back.”Ganguly said that the comrade between Kohli and his players is wonderful to see and that shows how Kohli keeps his team together and that is exactly what shows in the field and in the results.”What is good to see is such good relationship between players and the captain and this is why I have got lots of hopes with Virat Kohli as the captain when he travels overseas. He is a builder, he builds team, he builds the confidence of the players and that allows players to play freely and perform. All those 21 wins he has had in just 31 Test matches is because he is a team captain and it’s so great to see that he puts the team before himself, he leads by example, he scores runs more than anybody else and he makes sure the atmosphere is good enough for everyone to perform, everyone is welcomes and everyone is made to feel important which is so so important in a team environment.”last_img read more

Kyrgios Fined for “Insulting” Remarks

Posted On Nov 18 2019 by

first_imgMONTREAL — The ATP fined Nick Kyrgios on Aug. 13 for his “insulting remark” toward French Open champion Stan Wawrinka during a match at the Rogers Cup.The organization did not announce the amount of the fine but said in a statement that further details would be released after Kyrgios was notified. Wawrinka had urged tennis authorities to take action in a Twitter post.On the night of Aug. 12, a courtside microphone picked up Kyrgios saying that fellow Australian player Thanasi Kokkinakis had slept with a player who is reportedly Wawrinka’s girlfriend.Wawrinka later tweeted: “There is no need for this kind of behavior on or off the court and I hope the governing body of this sport does not stand for this.”He called the 20-year-old’s Australian’s words “not only unacceptable but also beyond belief.”Kyrgios issued an apology on his Facebook page. “My comments were made in the heat of the moment and were unacceptable on many levels,” Kyrgios wrote. “I take full responsibility for my actions and regret what happened.”The ATP rule book allows a fine of up to $10,000 for incidents of verbal abuse or unsportsmanlike conduct.The 30-year-old Wawrinka, ranked fifth in the world, announced in April that he had separated from his wife, with whom he has a daughter. The Swiss player has since been linked with 19-year-old Donna Vekic of Croatia, who is ranked 127th.Vekic played mixed doubles with Kokkinakis, also 19 and ranked No. 76, at the 2014 Australian Open as a wild-card entry.Kyrgios beat Wawrinka on Aug. 12 when the Swiss player retired with a lower-back injury while trailing 4-0 in the third set.In a post-match interview on court, Kyrgios said Wawrinka had provoked him.“He was getting a bit lippy at me so, I don’t know, it’s just in-the-moment sort of stuff,” Kyrgios said. “I don’t really know, I just said it.”Wawrinka’s coach, Magnus Norman, also criticized Kyrgios, who has been at the center of controversy in recent weeks.“That was really really low Nick Kyrgios,” Norman wrote on Twitter. “Hope for u that u have people around that will teach u a thing or 2 about life tonight. Very bad.”At Wimbledon last month, Kyrgios was booed by spectators in a fourth-round loss to Richard Gasquet of France. Kyrgios appeared to make little attempt to return Gasquet’s serve during the third game of the second set after a dispute with the chair umpire.That incident prompted Australian swimming great Dawn Fraser to question the character of Kyrgios and suggest he could leave the country and return to where his parents came from.Kyrgios, who was born in Australia to a father born in Greece and mother born in Malaysia, replied on Twitter that Fraser was a “blatant racist.” She later apologized.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Jio News introduced with over 12 Indian language support, uses AI to bring most relevant news updates

Posted On Nov 16 2019 by

first_imgReliance Jio leaves no stone unturned to mark its presence. Jio has ruled the telecom market for a while now. The company has also become the top feature phone selling company in India and the credit goes to its JioPhone and JioPhone 2. Some rumours suggest that JioPhone 3 is coming soon. Looks like Reliance Jio now wants to enter other spheres of the market. On Thursday Reliance Jio introduced Jio News, an online news application that is mainly focused at offering real-time news updates on various topics including the on-going Lok Sabha elections, Indian Premier League (IPL), and others.The Jio news app is available for Android and iOS users and also for web users. Jio news stands out when compared to other news apps as it supports over 12 Indian languages like Bengali, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil, Urdu, among others.With this, Jio mainly wasn’t to connect to more and more audiences and reach each and every corner of the country. The Jio News comes with over 150 live news channels, over 800 magazines, over 250 newspapers, among other things like online blogs from India and also from around the world. The news app is also said to bring over 150 live TV news channels and alert readers about the trending videos across genres.The company explains that Jio News uses artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to bring the “most relevant” news to users. The company says that the Jio News scans thousands of news sources before bringing the news to the readers or viewers. Jio News also allows the readers to personalise the app as per their interest and requirements. The new app comes with various categories like politics, sports, entertainment, business, technology, lifestyle, fashion, health, among others. The readers can select the topic they want to be aware of.advertisementReliance Jio has informed that the Jio News app is a consolidated offering of Jio XpressNews, Jio Mags, and Jio NewsPaper. The company has informed that all the existing users of Jio XpressNews, Jio Mags, and Jio NewsPaper will be able to use Jio News. If you’re a Jio network user you’ll be able to get “premium access”. All non-Jio users will need to logging in to Jio News to use the app.ALSO READ | ACT Fibernet launches Android-powered 4K streaming box, supports Netflix, Hooq and other platformsALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 quick review: Bold and beautifulALSO READ | Xiaomi Poco F1, Redmi Note 6 Pro, Redmi 6 sell at lowest ever prices on Flipkart todaylast_img read more

New Zealand captain Amy Satterthwaite first to benefit from new maternity provisions

Posted On Oct 25 2019 by

first_imgNew Zealand captain Amy Satterthwaite first to benefit from new maternity provisionsAmy Satterthwaite, who is married to team mate Lea Tahuhu, is due early next year and will miss the women’s World Twenty20 tournament in Australia that runs from February 21 to March 8.advertisement Reuters WellingtonAugust 20, 2019UPDATED: August 20, 2019 13:10 IST Amy Satterthwaite she was aiming to return to the field for the 2021 womens’ World Cup (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSAmy Satterthwaite would be named as a centrally contracted player and receive her full annual retainer during maternity leaveSatterthwaite is married to her New Zealand teammate Lea Tahuhu, is due early next yearLike their male counterparts, the White Ferns are guaranteed an annual retainer based on a sliding scaleThe captain of the New Zealand women’s cricket team Amy Satterthwaite will become the first player to benefit from new contract conditions that guarantee her core salary while on maternity leave, the country’s governing body (NZC) said.The 32-year-old, who is married to team mate Lea Tahuhu, is due early next year and will miss the women’s World Twenty20 tournament in Australia that runs from Feb. 21-March 8.New Zealand Cricket said Satterthwaite would take a leave of absence and, under the terms of a recently agreed new collective agreement, she would be named as a centrally contracted player and receive her full annual retainer.”She will be the first player to benefit from the new pregnancy leave provisions included in the new agreement,” NZC Chief Executive David White said.”This means she’ll be paid her full retainer throughout and, although possibly fulfilling some off-field contractual obligations, will not be required to train or play.”Like their male counterparts, the White Ferns are guaranteed an annual retainer based on a sliding scale and can earn between NZ$44,000 and NZ$64,000, with match fees of up to NZ$16,000 ($10,283) on top.As captain, Satterthwaite is likely to be at the top end of the pay scale.Satterthwaite said she and Tahuhu were excited to start a new chapter and that she was aiming to return to the field for the 2021 womens’ World Cup.”I am very lucky to have great support from NZC with regard to taking a break from the game to have a family,” Satterthwaite said in an NZC statement on Tuesday.advertisement”I feel I still have a lot to give to the game and look forward to working my way back with an eye on the 2021 ICC Women’s World Cup held in New Zealand.”For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Amy SatterthwaiteFollow New Zealand women’s cricketFollow Lea Tahuhu Nextlast_img read more

Human Rights Case Settled

Posted On Oct 22 2019 by

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission has paid $20,000 ingeneral damages to an Isle Madame woman who filed a complaint ofsex discrimination. In a decision dated Tuesday, Nov. 16, Chief Justice JosephKennedy decided the Human Rights Commission did not, however,have to pay the legal expenses of the other parties involved withthe complaint. The chief justice instead suggested that theorganizations have further discussions about what costs, if any,should be paid. The complaint involved a woman who alleged that ClearwaterLimited Partnership and the Canadian Automobile Workers Union haddiscriminated against her when she was an employee at theClearwater Plant in Arichat. The union and Clearwater had planned to ask the court to quash aHuman Rights Commission investigation of the case. They continuedwith legal action after the woman’s complaint was settled,petitioning the court for legal costs incurred by the lengthyprocess involved in handling the complaint. In his written decision, Chief Justice Kennedy said he did notfind evidence that would justify “the dramatic imposition” oflegal costs. He said that all of the parties “share in the creation of thecircumstances that led to this unfortunate situation.” The case has a long history and was affected by a settlementreached in earlier complaints arising from the same workplace. In 1994, Clearwater, the union and the Human Rights Commissionhad entered into a settlement agreement with five othercomplainants. As a result of that settlement and otherinformation, the commission understood that it could not accept acomplaint from the woman when she approached the commission laterthat year. She eventually filed a complaint with the Ombudsman’sOffice. In 2002, the assistant ombudsman recommended in a report to thecommission that the complaint be reactivated or a new oneaccepted. The report was critical of the portion of the earliersettlement that prohibited the commission from accepting futurecomplaints alleging sex discrimination against Clearwater and theunion. Upon reviewing that report, the commission accepted the complaintfor processing. Clearwater and the union then took legal actionagainst the commission. Concerned with the unexpected costs ofthose legal actions, the commission entered into a settlementwith the woman. “This was a unique set of circumstances and we needed to act,”said commission CEO Mayann Francis. Ms. Francis said once a costbenefit analysis was completed, the commission was confident thata settlement with the woman was the most prudent decision and useof resources. In his decision this week Chief Justice Kennedy said he did notfind that the commission acted improperly in accepting the newcomplaint. The court decision is available on the commission website at .last_img read more

Six people dead two injured in separate headon collisions in Alberta

Posted On Oct 17 2019 by

first_imgPolice are investigating two separate head-on collisions in Alberta over the long weekend that left six people dead and two others in hospital.“This has been a dangerous weekend for motorists on Alberta highways,” RCMP spokesman Fraser Logan said in a statement.RCMP were called to the first crash — a two-vehicle collision in central Alberta — about 9 p.m. Sunday.Police said their initial investigation shows a truck and an SUV collided head on near Sylvan Lake.A 39-year old man who was driving the SUV and his five-year old passenger were killed, as well as a 30-year-old man who was driving the truck. A seven-year old in the SUV was taken by air ambulance to an Edmonton hospital, where he is stable.Police said no charges will be laid in the collision.In the second crash, which happened about 3 a.m. Tuesday, three people were killed southwest of Calgary.RCMP said a car and an SUV collided near the small community of Priddis.A 26-year old man who was driving a car, along with a female passenger, were both declared dead at the scene.A 34-year old man who was driving the SUV was also killed, while his female passenger was taken to hospital by air ambulance with serious injuries.Police said they are still investigating that collision, but the highway has reopened to traffic.In yet another crash, RCMP said a tractor pulling a flatbed trailer that was carrying seven youth rolled as it was going down a steep hill on a rural road near Taber on Sunday night. Two boys, aged 11 and nine, were killed.“We’ve multiple families that have been forever changed due to the loss of their loved ones,” said Logan. “Alberta RCMP’s thoughts do go out to those who have been affected.”last_img read more

Trudeau names four new senators filling every seat in the Senate

Posted On Oct 17 2019 by

first_imgOTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has appointed four new senators, filling every seat in the upper chamber.The Senate has a full complement of 105 senators, the first time there hasn’t been a vacancy in about eight years.Trudeau has appointed 49 senators since becoming prime minister and he will have the chance to appoint more in 2019.Five Conservative appointees are schedule to hit the mandatory retirement age of 75 by this time next year, according to the Senate’s website, including three before next October’s federal election.Trudeau said in a statement that the latest round of appointees will ensure a “high standard of integrity, collaboration and non-partisanship” in the revamped Senate.Margaret Dawn Anderson will fill the Northwest Territories seat in the Senate. An Inuvialuk, she has been a public servant with the territory for more than 20 years, playing a role in Inuvialuit self-government negotiations.Former Yukon premier Pat Duncan helped sign land-claims agreements with First Nations during her time in office and the transfer of power from the federal government to the territory. She’ll take Yukon’s single Senate seat.Trudeau is appointing Stanley Kutcher to an open seat in Nova Scotia. A professor at Dalhousie University, Kutcher is an expert on adolescent mental health and has been involved in mental-health work in more than 20 countries.Rosemary Moodie will fill a vacancy in Ontario. She has been a pediatric physician and teacher at SickKids hospital in Toronto, receiving awards nationally and internationally for her work.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Matthew McConaughey Supports Lance Armstrong On LIVESTRONG Day

Posted On Oct 16 2019 by

first_imgMatthew McConaughey has put his name to an email sent to supporters of the Lance Armstrong Foundation, calling his friend and fellow Texan “one tough hombre.”“I’m proud to stand with him in his commitment to support people fighting cancer,” he says in the email. “This LIVESTRONG Day will be the 16th anniversary of his cancer diagnosis. And man, what a journey it’s been—he’s one tough hombre.“Let’s help Lance make this LIVESTRONG Day the biggest outpouring of support for cancer survivors the world’s ever seen. You in?“Join me and Lance and add your message today. It’ll be automatically shared on LIVESTRONG Day as part of this historic global outpouring of support.“I just finished sharing my own message for all the courageous people fighting cancer around the world. All my fans and followers are going to see it on LIVESTRONG Day—October 2—alongside who knows how many thousands of other messages from folks like you.“If you haven’t already, add yours today. Write one for someone in your life. Or write one for the 28 million people battling cancer right this minute.“Whoever you write it for, you’ll help send a powerful message all around the world come October 2. Here’s the link:“Thanks for stepping up and doing your part to make this thing happen right.“In the meantime and all times, just keep livin’ strong.”last_img read more


Posted On Oct 15 2019 by

first_imgToronto rapper Shad, pictured at the CBC headquarters in Toronto in this March 12, 2015, file photo, says his new album features appearances by a number of other Canadian performers. (Darren Calabrese/Canadian Press) Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Canadian hip hop performer Shad is returning to the game with a new album that’s stacked with fellow Canadians.The Juno winner and former host of CBC Radio’s q says A Short Story About A War, due this fall, features appearances by Polaris Prize winners Kaytranada and Lido Pimienta.Other guests will include Tim (2oolman) Hill of A Tribe Called Red and Vancouver-based rock band Yukon Blonde. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Facebook It’s the first album Shad has released since he was replaced by Tom Power in his hosting gig on CBC’s flagship arts and culture radio show.The performer, born Shadrach Kabango, went on to host the documentary series Hip-Hop Evolution, which won both Emmy and Peabody awards.Shad describes his new project as a concept album that “holds a mirror to our world” by tackling issues like migration, environment, politics and the human spirit.He also announced plans for a North American tour that begins in Waterloo, Ont., on Nov. 1 and includes stops in Hamilton (Nov. 10), Ottawa (Nov. 22), Montreal (Nov. 23) Toronto (Dec. 14) and other Canadian cities.A Short Story About War arrives on Oct. 26. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

SC refuses to stay 10 quota next hearing on March 28

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday said it is not in favour of passing an order at this stage to refer the issue of 10 per cent quota for economically weaker sections across all classes to a Constitution bench.A bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, said it will hear the plea on March 28 and will consider whether the matter is required to be referred to a Constitution bench. The bench, also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, asked senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, who was appearing for the petitioner, to file a short note of the points which they have raised in their application. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The apex court had earlier refused to stay the Centre’s decision to grant 10 per cent quota in jobs and admissions to poor candidates in the general category. However, the court had agreed to examine the validity of the law and issued a notice to the Centre on the plea filed by businessman and Congress supporter Tehseen Poonawalla. Dhavan, appearing for Poonawalla, had told the bench that his only grievance at this stage was that this quota should not breach the ceiling of 50 per cent as mandated by the apex court. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedThe top court had earlier issued a notice to the Centre on similar petitions and ordered tagging of the fresh plea of Poonawalla with pending ones. Petitions have been filed by parties, including ‘Janhit Abhiyan’ and NGO ‘Youth For Equality’, challenging the Centre’s decision. The petition, filed by Youth For Equality through its president Kaushal Kant Mishra, has sought the quashing of the Constitution (103 Amendment) Act, 2019, saying economic criterion cannot be the sole basis for reservation. It said the bill violates the basic feature of the Constitution as reservation on economic grounds cannot be limited to the general category and the overall 50 per cent ceiling limit cannot be breached. In the present form, the upper limit of quota goes up to 60 per cent which violates the decisions of the apex court, the plea claimed. Referring to the nine-judge bench decision of the apex court in the landmark 1992 Indira Sawhney case, the petition said the latest amendment completely violated the Constitutional norm that economic criterion cannot be the only basis of reservation. It also said the amendments fail to consider that articles 14 and 16 form the basic feature of equality, and that they have been violated with the doing away of the restraints that were imposed on the reservation policy, that is the 50 per cent ceiling limit and the exclusion of economic status as a sole criterion.The plea filed by businessman Poonawalla had sought quashing of the Constitution (103 Amendment) Bill, 2019, saying that backwardness for the purpose of reservation cannot be defined by “economic status alone”. The top court had earlier refused to stay the Modi government’s decision to grant the reservation but agreed to examine the validity of the constitutional amendment which paved the way for this quota. In poll year, the Modi government has come out with the constitutional amendment bill giving quota benefits to the poor among general category candidates. The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha cleared the bill on January 8 and 9 respectively, and has been signed by President Ram Nath Kovind. The quota will be over and above the existing 50 per cent reservation to SCs, STs and Other Backward Classes (OBCs).last_img read more

Morocco Journalist Steals Bahrain Ministers Mobile Phone

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

Rabat- Bahrain’s Culture Minister’s cell phone has been reportedly stolen last week in Assila by a female journalist for a Tangier-based news website.Following her participation in the International Cultural Festival of Assilah, the Bahraini Minister of Culture Sheikha May Bint Mohamed Al Khalifa was allegedly stripped of her cell phone last Friday.While the Bahraini Minister of Culture was busy talking to media, the femal Journalist picked up her mobile phone from a table, where it was placed. Immediately after Shiekha May noticed that her Mobile phone disappeared, her bodyguards, in collaboration with policemen in the district started an investigation in order to find out who stole it.While checking the security cameras, a female journalist was apparently seen pinching the Bahraini Minister’s phone, before she handed it to a young man who is believed to be his brother.The thief journalist has been arrested on her way back to Tangier by policemen. She apologized to Shiekha May Al Khalifa and returned the cell phone to her.Although the Bahraini Minister accepted the female journalist’s apology and forgave her, the police detained the suspect for questioning.Bahraini Minister of Culture Sheikha May Bint Mohamed Al Khalifa was representing her country in Assila’s International cultural event. Bahrain was the event’s guest of honor. read more

Markets update at midafternoon

Posted On Oct 8 2019 by

On the markets at midafternoon (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index is up 130.56 points to 15,323.10.The Dow Jones industrial average gained 121.98 points to 21,506.26.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index added 18.67 points to 2,451.82.The Nasdaq composite index gained 87.64 points to 6,239.40.The Canadian dollar was trading at 75.66 cents US, up from Friday’s average price of 75.57 cents US.

Some 150 million migrants now participating in global workforce – new UN

Posted On Oct 2 2019 by

The report, ILO Global Estimates on Migrant Workers, provides estimates on labour migration, including regions and industries where international migrant workers are established and a special focus on migrants in domestic work.The study, released ahead of International Migrants Day, shows that among the 206.6 million migrant population of 15 years and over, the majority are men, totalling 83.7 million of the population, as compared to the 66.6 million women migrant workers.According to the ILO, labour migration is a phenomenon that concerns all regions of the world, however almost half or 48.5 per cent of migrant workers are concentrated in two broad regions: Northern America, and Northern, Southern and Western Europe, whereas the Arab States have the highest proportion of migrant workers as a share of all workers, with 36.5 per cent.“This analysis represents a significant contribution by the ILO in supporting member States to deliver the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly in respect to targets within Goal 8, on protecting all workers, including migrant workers, and Goal 10, on the implementation of well managed migration policies,” said International Labour Organization (ILO) Director-General, Guy Ryder, adding that “decision-makers will now have real data on which to base their policies.”The report also examined the distribution of the migrant workforce in broad industry groupings and found that the vast majority of migrant workers are in the services sectors, with 106.8 million accounting for 71.1 per cent of the total, followed by industry, including manufacturing and construction, with 26.7 million (17.8 per cent) and agriculture with 16.7 million (11.1 per cent). Among all migrant workers, 7.7 per cent are domestic workers.“This estimate study shows that the vast majority of migrants migrate in search of better job opportunities. By applying a robust methodology we believe it will add significantly to our knowledge base on migration and provide a strong foundation for the development of effective migration policies,” said Manuela Tomei, Director of the ILO’s Conditions of Work and Equality Department.ILO said that in general, migrants are more likely to be in the workforce than their national counterparts and added that these higher labour force participation rates are essentially associated with the higher proportion of migrant women in the workforce.According to ILO, the date used to calculate estimates in the report refer to migrant workers in the country of destination and measure the migrant numbers in 2013, and a total data of 176 countries and territories representing 99.8 per cent of the world working age population (15 years old and over) have been included in the study.The agency expressed concerns after that the report found gender disparities among the significantly high global numbers of migrant domestic workers, which is one the least regulated sectors of the economy. ILO said that due to the concentration of migrant women workers and relatively low visibility of the workforce in this sector multiple forms of discrimination often intersect. Further, the report found that of the estimated 67.1 million domestic workers in the world, 11.5 million, or 17.2 per cent are international migrants and about 73.4 per cent or around 8.5 million of all migrant domestic workers are women.The study also revealed that South-Eastern Asia and the Pacific host the largest share, with 24.0 per cent of the global number of female migrant domestic workers, followed by Northern, Southern and Western Europe, with 22.1 per cent of the total, and the Arab States with 19 per cent. Based on its evaluations, the report anticipates that migrant domestic workers are likely to continue moving internationally in great numbers to fill in care and household services’ needs, especially with the aging of societies and other demographic and socioeconomic changes.“In many ways the migration issue is centre stage in the 2030 Development Agenda for Sustainable Development. Migrants need work but it’s equally certain that in coming years, many destination economies will need new workers. The world will need more and better data and indicators to track these flows and this report sets a new standard in the quest to have sound global figures to guide policy makers,” concluded Rafael Diez de Medina, Director of the ILO Department of Statistics. The report comes as ILO marks the 40th anniversary of Convention 143, the Convention concerning Migrations in Abusive Conditions and the Promotion of Equality of Opportunity and Treatment of Migrant Workers adopted by the International Labour Conference of 1975. read more

Three years into conflict humanitarian needs in South Sudan continue to rise

Posted On Oct 2 2019 by

Meanwhile, civilians continue to be displaced within the country. For instance, in Western Equatoria state, there are now an estimated 28,000 people displaced from Yambio, 16,000 displaced from Ezo, and 50,000 displaced from Mundri East, Mundri West and Mvolo. Also, more than 17,000 children are estimated to have been recruited by armed actors, including some 1,300 recruited in 2016.Challenges for humanitarian action Humanitarian organizations and personnel too reported significant challenges reaching people who desperately need aid. Some roads in the Eastern Equatoria state were described as impassable for security reasons while in other places, humanitarian convoys had to spend hours negotiating access.Minimum conditions must be met to be able to fund and implement humanitarian operations. If these conditions continue to not be met, it will ultimately undermine the ability of humanitarian organizations to save livesHumanitarian Country Team Particularly worrying, according to the Humanitarian Country Team – which is made up of representatives of the UN and other international humanitarian organizations and various non-governmental organizations –was the expulsion of the Country Director of a humanitarian organization and the order for a second senior staff of the same organization to leave the country. According to the UN humanitarian wing, between January to November this year, 831 humanitarian access incidents were reported, including 66 incidents of looting of humanitarian supplies. For instance, in Unite State’s Nhialdu area, where fighting in November had forced the relocation of humanitarian staff on the ground, tents and supplies at a relief “light-weight” base camp (amounting to some $100,000) were completely looted, shelters were destroyed, and the market burnt down. Unexploded ordnance were also found in the area as a result of the fighting. Funding, too, continues to remain a major challenge. With just ten days left in 2016, only 83 per cent ($1.1 billion) of the humanitarian appeal for the country ($1.29 billion) has been received. According to a humanitarian bulletin on South Sudan, issued by the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the fighting and economic decline in the world’s youngest nation have also made millions of its people more susceptible to disease.We are now witnessing a scale of need for assistance and protection that demands our urgent, relentless attention and actionUN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, briefing the Security Council This year, more than 2 million cases of malaria were reported between January and November, and a cholera outbreak caused some 3,525 cases in nine locations, all figures higher than those the previous year. Furthermore, a measles outbreak has been confirmed in Wau, Western Bahr el Ghazal state, bringing the number of country-wide outbreaks in 2016 to 13, more than twice the number in 2015 (5).Growing insecurity On 13 December alone, 7,046 people from South Sudan crossed the border into Uganda seeking refuge. Many refugees leaving South Sudan reported that they left due to the deteriorating security situation, including fighting in Yei and Wonduruba areas, looting of properties, and rumours of upcoming attacks by armed actors in the Equatorias. They also spoke of horrific abuses, including rape, abduction and killing, the bulletin mentioned. Women and children continued to remain the most vulnerable and accounted for nearly 86 per cent of the total number reaching Uganda. read more

LUCKY GUY Johan Sjostrand wins 420000 EUR on horse betting

Posted On Sep 22 2019 by

Swedish goalkeeper Johan Sjostrand had double reason for celebration on Wednesday evenning. Firstly his THW Kiel beat Rhein Neckar Lowen 31:28 in the derby match of DKB Bundesliga and then, after the match, Swedish goalkeeper found out in the locker room that he won 420.000 EUR on harness racing beeting! BettingJOHAN SJOSTRANDĐ ← Previous Story BUNDESLIGA DEBUT: Rambo scored two goals for GWD Minden Next Story → Miladin Kozlina confirms continuing career in Vardar

35000 children to wear PJs to school to raise money for hospice

Posted On Sep 22 2019 by

first_imgOVER 35,000 CHILDREN will wear their favourite pyjamas into preschool on Friday for Early Learning Ireland’s National Pyjama Day to raise money for the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) Hospice Care for Children Programme.Early Childhood Ireland said it has been forced to order a reprint of registration packs this weekend due to the increased numbers taking part in the annual fundraising event, which is now in its tenth year.It is estimated that over 1,400 children nationally are living with life-limiting illness in Ireland and funds raised by National Pyjama Day will be used by the IHF to fund five out of eight Children’s Outreach Nurses in the community. The programme offers support to families caring for seriously ill children in their own homes.Sharon Foley, CEO of the IHF said that, thanks to the partnership with Early Childhood Ireland, it now has a medical consultant in place along with three Children’s Outreach nurses and another four are about to take up their posts.Since its establishment in 2003, National Pyjama Day has raised over €1.73 million for children’s charities in Ireland and this year Early Childhood Ireland hopes to raise another €250,000 for the IHF’s Hospice Home Care for Children Programme which has been the recipient charity for the past 3 years.Anyone involved in the early childhood care and education sector can participate in National Pyjama Day by registering online through and clicking the Pyjama Day Button for more information.Read: Government to launch needs assessment of respite services for children>More: Report: Irish hospice care high, but regional inequalities persist>last_img read more

Oversize load on truck causes Washington bridge collapse

Posted On Sep 22 2019 by

first_img(Image: Joe Nicholson/AP)Jeremiah Thomas, a volunteer firefighter, said he was driving nearby when he glimpsed something out of the corner of his eye and turned to look.“The bridge just went down, it crashed through the water,” he said. “It was really surreal.”The bridge was not classified as structurally deficient, but a Federal Highway Administration database listed it as being “functionally obsolete” — a category meaning that the design is outdated, such as having narrow shoulders and low clearance underneath. (Image: Rick Lund/AP/The Seattle Times)The bridge was built in 1955 and has a sufficiency rating of 57.4 out of 100, according to federal records. That is well below the statewide average rating of 80, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal data, but 759 bridges in the state have a lower sufficiency score.According to a 2012 Skagit County Public Works Department report, 42 of the county’s 108 bridges are 50 years or older. The document says eight of the bridges are more than 70 years old and two are over 80.Washington state was given a C in the American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2013 infrastructure report card and a C- when it came to the state’s bridges. The group said more than a quarter of Washington’s 7,840 bridges are considered structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.Read: ‘Extremely’ poor quality materials caused Bangladesh factory collapse>Read: Two killed after ceiling collapses in Cambodia shoe factory> (Image: Francisco Rodriguez)Drivers were told to expect delays. Detours have been set up to try to ease the congestion. Batiste urged drivers to avoid the area if possible, especially over the Memorial Day weekend. Traffic along the heavily travelled route could be affected for some time.“The I-5 corridor is totally disrupted,” said Washington Governor Jay Inslee, who went to the scene last night.“Thanks to the rescuers and a little bit of luck, we had three Skagitonians who made it out of the Skagit River alive,” Inslee said.Dan Sligh and his wife were in their pickup on Interstate 5 heading to a camping trip when a bridge before them disappeared in a “big puff of dust.” (Image: Jennifer Bauchann/Everett Daily Herald/AP)center_img (Image: Joe Nicholson/AP/Press Association Images)A TRUCK CARRYING an oversize load struck a bridge on the major thoroughfare between Seattle and Canada, sending a section of the span and two vehicles into the Skagit River below, though all three occupants suffered only minor injuries.It happened about 7pm yesterday evening on the four-lane Interstate 5 bridge near Mount Vernon, about 60 miles north of Seattle, and disrupted travel in both directions.Initially, it wasn’t clear if the bridge just gave way on its own. But at an overnight news conference, Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste blamed it on a tractor-trailer carrying a tall load that hit an upper part of the span.“For reasons unknown at this point in time, the semi struck the overhead of the bridge causing the collapse,” he said.The truck made it off the bridge and the driver remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators.Two other vehicles went into the water about 50 feet below as the structure crumbled. Three people were rescued and were recovering today. (Video: Associated Press/YouTube)The bridge was inspected twice last year and repairs were made, Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson said.“It’s an older bridge that needs a lot of work just like a good number of bridges around the state,” she said.Transportation officials are working on plans for either a temporary or permanent replacement, she said.The National Transportation Safety Board was sending an investigative team.last_img read more

Pedophile Guide Author Getting Police Protection

Posted On Sep 21 2019 by

first_imgPhillip R. Greaves II became something of a minor celebrityyesterday, when Amazon fans threatened to boycott the site for its decision tocarry the author’s book, The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: AChild-Lover’s Code of Conduct. After an outpouring of protest in the form ofsome 2,000 largely negative comments on the book’s page, Amazon ultimatelyopted to pull the title.The increased publicity has made Greaves, the target ofthreats. Greaves, for his part, maintains that the book is an “attempt to makepedophile situations safer for those juveniles that find themselves involved inthem, by establishing certian [sic] rules for these adults to follow.”Local police in his home of Pueblo,Colorado are protecting the writer inresponse to the threats. The police have also begun to monitor Greaves forillegal activities, but have yet to find any indication that he has committed acrime.last_img read more

Trump takes first step towards building Mexican wall

Posted On Sep 21 2019 by

first_imgTrump takes first step towards building Mexican wall Much of the land needed to build the wall is privately owned, implying lengthy legal proceedings and political blowback. “Big day planned on NATIONAL SECURITY tomorrow. Among many other things, we will build the wall!” Trump tweeted late yesterday.Stemming immigration to the United States was a central plank of Trump’s election campaign.His signature policy was to build a wall across the 2,000 mile (3,200 kilometer) border between the United States and Mexico.Some of the border is already fenced, but Trump has argued that a wall is needed to stop illegal immigrants entering from Latin America.Experts have voiced serious doubts about whether a wall would actually stem illegal immigration, or if it’s worth investing billions in such a project when there are other cost effective methods of achieving similar results.But the issue has become a clarion call for the US right and far right, the core of Trump’s support. US President Donald Trump Source: Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP/Press Association ImagesAny action from the White House would be piecemeal, diverting only existing funds toward the project.The Republican-controlled Congress would need to supply new money if the project is to be anywhere near completed, and Trump’s party has spent years preaching fiscal prudence.Furthermore, much of the land needed to build the wall is privately owned, implying lengthy legal proceedings, political blowback, and substantial expropriation payments.Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly even told his confirmation hearing that the border wall might not “be built anytime soon”.Trump had promised to make Mexico pay for the wall, something that the Mexican government says is fanciful.Trump aides have weighed increasing border tariffs or border transit costs as one way to “make Mexico pay”.Ban on Muslims? Trump has also floated the idea of a ban on Muslims coming to the United States.He is said to be considering moves to halt or slow refugee flows, particularly from Syria and other Muslim-majority countries.Around 4.8 million Syrians have fled to neighbouring countries alone, according to the United Nations.An estimated 18,000 Syrians have fled to the United States.Former officials said Trump could slow the process down by moving resources away from processing visa requests, or cut migrant quotas and programmes.The orders would restrict immigration and access to the United States for refugees and visa holders from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, according to the Washington Post.Citizens from those countries already face large obstacles in obtaining US visas. However, the move has prompted a fierce backlash even before it was announced.“Donald Trump is making good on the most shameful and discriminatory promises he made on the campaign trail,” said Trita Parsi of the National Iranian American Council. Iran was one of the countries that may be listed.He called for a Muslim ban and is now taking the first steps to implement one. This will not stand. The American people are better than this.Trump may also issue orders on so-called sanctuary cities, where local officials refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities on such things as handing over illegal immigrants for deportation.- © AFP 2017Read: The pen is mightier: How US Presidents lay down the law by executive orderRead: Here are the policy decisions Donald Trump made yesterday 133 Comments Jan 25th 2017, 6:54 AM Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter By AFP Share236 Tweet Email2 center_img DONALD TRUMP WILL take a first step toward enacting his pledge to “build a wall” on the Mexican border by issuing an executive decree today.The White House said Trump will visit the Department of Homeland Security in the afternoon, when he is expected to roll out a series of immigration-related measures. Wednesday 25 Jan 2017, 6:54 AM Big day planned on NATIONAL SECURITY tomorrow. Among many other things, we will build the wall!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 36,239 Views Short URLlast_img read more

Kotsiras is in the House

Posted On Sep 21 2019 by

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Nicholas Kotsiras is in Parliament House again, but this time as the Minister for Multicultural Affairs after the Baillieu Coalition government swept Labor from office last November. The Minister is fired up and is working with no time to waste. At the forefront of his mind is the fact that promises were made and in government he will need to make them happen.“I want to be judged on outcomes after four years, at the end it’s all about what you can achieve, and I aim to achieve,” says Mr Kotsiras. Meeting him in the bowels of Victoria’s Parliament House, his office is neat and utilitarian. He’s focused on work – very much a reflection of him.He did not waste time introducing changes to the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) last week. The VMC will be broken up and its policy and administrative functions will now be transferred into an Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship (OMAC) within the Department of Premier and Cabinet. There will also be eight Regional Advisory Councils established to work in partnership with the VMC and local communities.Criticism has been pointed, particularly from former Labor Government Multicultural Minister John Pandazopoulos who accused the Minister of “going back to the bad old days”.It has been said that Mr Kotsiras is merely creating another layer of bureaucracy, claims he flatly rejects.“I believe the reverse will occur. Currently the VMC is highly politicised and the bureaucracy is tied in with the VMC,” Mr Kotsiras says emphatically. “The department provides the Minister with policy and advice on policy implementation, whereas the VMC, the Chairperson and the Commissioners are there to provide feedback from the community.” The Minister has, it seems, a sense of clarity of purpose when detailing his thinking. “The VMC are the ones that go out to talk to the community and come back to government and say what is required.”He adds, “The Minister will ask the department to prepare briefs and provide information on how to implement policies and initiatives to meet the needs of migrant communities and refugees.“If the Commission controls the public servants, then how can the Minister get objective advice?” he asks rhetorically. “We will de-politicise the VMC, we will allow the VMC to function on its own, so it can investigate any department it believes is not meeting the state’s multicultural objectives.“Whereas in the past, they could only do that if the Minister approved,” he adds.Eight Regional Advisory Councils will also be established to work in partnership with the VMC and local communities, as conduits for information on regional settlement and service delivery. Mr Kotsiras discounts the notion that settlement services should not be the realm of state government but rather local and federal government. “The Commonwealth Government has programs and policies, the state government has some and so has local government; but there has never been coordination, no one knows what the other is doing.”His face animates as he says: “We are forming a settlement coordination unit within the Department of Premier and Cabinet to coordinate the three tiers of government, to coordinate all the departments.”Mr Kotsiras rejects the suggestion that the VMC will become a toothless tiger.“No, quite the contrary, the VMC will have at its disposal the right staff; it will investigate and it will report to me. I will examine the recommendations and I will make my response to those recommendations public. So if a department fails to deliver on any recommendations the public will know about it.” During the Kennett years a five percent levy on all departments was introduced to be spent on ethnic media yet few have ever fully implemented that policy.Kotsiras is determined that that levy be implemented. “We initiated that levy and since then many departments have not met that target. I hope that the VMC will continue to monitor that and I hope it also increases.” While Victoria’s bipartisan position on multiculturalism is well-known, the reality is that services, especially age care for Greek and other older communities need more than feel good rhetoric.“I am aware of our ageing population, I know that people revert back to their native language, dietary and religious needs and need specialised care. That is why I will set up an inter-departmental committee which I chair to make sure that aged care, policing, education all reflect the diversity of our ageing population,” Mr Kotsiras says, pointing again to the role of the VMC which “will have direct input in that committee”. While the Minister is keen to point out that every department, education, the arts, and welfare will have to prove that they are meeting their responsibilities, at the end of the day “the government is responsible”.“I am responsible, each minister is responsible. I am not going to handball that responsibility to public servants who are there to assist in the implementation of the policies we took to the last election.” One major election promise is the introduction of second languages in all schools by 2025. A long time, but the Minister is keenly aware of the need to train teachers up. “We are proud of our diverse cultures yet we do not speak enough languages outside English. It is crucial for us in terms of economic, cultural and political development,” says Mr Kotsiras. The conversation extends to the arts – a passion for Mr Kotsiras. “Arts Victoria, like all departments will need to prove that they are responding to the needs of diverse audiences, patrons and artists,” he says. He adds, “Just because my name is Kotsiras, it does not mean I should be referred to the VMC, all departments have the responsibility.”In four years the electorate will judge if the passion which determines the Minister’s work ethic will result in tangible outcomes.last_img read more