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Tendulkar invites Kerala CM for ISL opening match

first_imgThiruvananthapuram, Nov 2 (PTI) Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar today met Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and invited him for the opening match of the Indian Super League season, which will kickstart at Kochi on November 17.Sachin, accompanied by his wife, Anjali, Blasters CEO Varun Tripuraneni, Director N Prasad, met Vijayan at his office at the secretariat here.Kerala Blasters, co-owned by Tendulkar, among others, will meet Atletico de Kolkata (ATK) in the inaugural match at Jawaharlal Nehru stadium at Kochi. “We want CM to be there and support Kerala Blasters. Last season indeed was an exciting one. The team played well. There were some tough times along the way. But that happens in sport. But the team stuck together and there was quality football,” he told reporters after meeting Vijayan. “It is not about winning matches. The brand of football we play, we need to win hearts as well which Kerala Blasters did so well last season. We expect the team to got out and do the same this year”, Tendulkar said. He said Blasters was also training about 1,800 children at the grassroots level, who aspire to play for Kerala Blasters some day. These players are their role models, he said and sought the support of everyone for the team. A government press release said Sachin had also requested the chief minister to provide the services of the Special Battalion for Kochi matches as part of enhancing security during the matches. The seats in the stadium have been decreased due to security concerns. The release said Vijayan assured that he would consider the matter. The chief minister also requested Tendulkar to talk to the Greater Cochin Development authority, which manages the stadium. PTIUD APR SRYadvertisementlast_img read more

Herrera defends Mourinho after ‘strange’ Manchester United pre-season in USA

first_imgManchester United midfielder Ander Herrera defended manager Jose Mourinho for his comments regarding the club’s ‘bad’ pre-season at the United States of America.United, who are without 70 per cent of their first-team players according to their manager, won and drew two matches each and lost one in their two-eek long pre-season tour of America.Mourinho has constantly cribbed about the lack of first-team players and the quality of the games being played in USA. Not only that, but he even looked unhappy about the lack of transfer business so far.But, Herrera feels that Mourinho isn’t unhappy about the quality of games or transfes but because of the fact that he is not being able to work on tactics with the first team. He added that all that matters is getting ready for the Premier League season that gets underway on August 10 against Leicester for United.Also read – Romelu Lukaku, Victor Lindelof to join United early after Jose Mourinho plea”This is my fifth pre-season and it’s the most strange pre-season here so far. The most important thing is to get minutes and be ready for the game against Leicester. That’s all that matters.””But probably he’s not frustrated about the club or the market, he’s probably frustrated because he’s not able to work with the players that he’s going to have for the season. Other teams they are able to do that. ‘For example, we played against Liverpool and they had maybe 80 per cent of their squad ready, Milan maybe 90 per cent of their squad.advertisement”I can understand the manager and if I put myself in his position, I would be in the same situation. You want to fight for the titles, but you don’t have the team with you to work for it right now.”Also read – Manchester United edge past Real Madrid in International Champions Cup Jose Mourinho has complained throughout the pre-season about the lack of players and transfers (Reuters Photo)Herrera went one step ahead and defended his manager by saying that he agrees with Mourinho because it is difficult to work with a group of players, who are likely to go on loan or go back to the second team when the season starts.Also read – Jose Mourinho bookie’s favourite to ‘get the axe’ first in Premier League”The work we are not able to do now, we will do it in the last three or four days before the start of the season. But we are in this situation because we have so many good players because we have fantastic players that have reached the semi final and the final. I agree with him (Mourinho) because it must be difficult for him to work with a group of players that maybe he is going to have 50 percent of them in the future.”You cannot really work tactically because you would think the guys that are working could be leaving or going on loan or they are going to the second team, so it’s difficult for him. ‘The only thing that we can say is that we want to be ready for the start of the season and I think the most intelligent thing would have been to postpone the start of the season by maybe one week,” Herrera said.Also read – Jose Mourinho suggests holidaying Manchester United players to return earlyHowever, Mourinho will have some respite as first-team players Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford, Phil Jones and Victor Lindelof have all decided to cut their holidays short and join the squad in time to be available for the first game of the season.United, who signed off from their United States trip with a 2-1 win over Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup on Wednesday, will next face Bayern Munich on August 5 at Allianz Arena. That will be followed by their first game against Leicester on Friday at Old Trafford.last_img read more

Happy that Ravindra Jadeja only played in last Test: England assistant coach

first_imgRavindra Jadeja has had ann immidiate impact against England in the fifth Test after being left out from the first four. In the first inning he picked up four wickets nad then retuned with the bat to register an unbeaten 86, and the English camp is happy that he didn’t play more matches.Jadeja’s knock helped India to recover from being 160/6 at one point to score 292 as they were bowled out 40 runs short of England’s first innings total.He also treated the audience with his typical sword celebration after scoring his ninth Test fifty. He dusted off the ‘rust’ from his blade as the Indian camp stood to cheer him on.5th Test Day 3 – REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARD | PICS”It was very frustrating. There was a chance dropped before that last partnership got going but to be fair to Jadeja, he played magnificently well,” assistant coach Paul Farbrace said after the end of play on day 3.”I think he’s an exceptional cricketer, a dangerous cricketer – with bat, ball and in the field – and I think we would probably be reasonably happy that he’s only just played in that last game.”READ – We need to pick wickets in first session on Day 4, says JadejaFarbrace has said that the fans and cricket community in the country in general will be hoping to see Alastair Cook score a hundred in what is his last Test innings.Cook finished at 46 not out in England’s second innings at the Oval, as the hosts took a 154-run lead.advertisement”It’d be fantastic, wouldn’t it, if he was to get to a hundred? It’d be absolutely brilliant. I think he’s just enjoying milking all the applause he’s getting. I think it’s just driving him on to bat as long as he possibly can,” Farbrace said. “I think he’s played really well; he’s shown everything that he’s about so far in this game. He’s just got stuck in, and it’s not easy out there, but he looks as though he’s really enjoying the scrap.”I’d imagine the reception he got when he went out to bat probably moved him it moved everybody else in our dressing-room, the fantastic support he’s had. He just seems to cope with everything that’s in front of him.”Farbrace said the record run-scorer will be hugely missed in the dressing room.”As much as we’re going to miss his runs and his catches, I think the calming influence he has among the team, the staff, everybody, is something we’ll all miss when he’s not in the dressing-room,” he said.”When I came into the group in 2014, he was captain of the side and made it so easy to be a member of staff for the England cricket team. That’s quite a daunting thing to come into, having never played international cricket but what he manages to do is make everybody feel very welcome.READ – India need to be mentally stronger to win overseas: Adam Gilchrist”He seems to have the respect of everybody, and everyone is very comfortable talking to him. He’s got a very down-to-earth way, that cheeky sense of humour and people find themselves being drawn to him. He’s just a very caring bloke, and someone you can talk to about anything and everything,” he added.Farbrace also defended opener Keaton Jennings who continued to have a torrid time in the middle. He scored only 10 runs on day 3 before being castled by Mohammed Shami.”I think we’d all agree it’s been tough for anybody (this summer) against the new ball. He knows he wants big scores, hundreds, 50s, big partnerships but the one thing that’s been quite impressive is that you’d never know looking at him that he’s not scored as many runs as he’d like,” he said.”He has tried exceptionally hard to get stuck in but ultimately, he will be disappointed he’s not gone on and got some decent runs. I’d like to think he’s done enough in a difficult situation to be opening the batting come the first Test match in Sri Lanka,” said the coach.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Would have loved to play in the 2019 ICC World Cup: Sunil Narine

first_imgWest Indies spinner Sunil Narine said that he would have loved to play in the upcoming Cricket World Cup in England and Wales after missing out on the opportunity to play in the tournament due to a finger injury.”I would have loved to play in the World Cup. I have missed international cricket and I have missed representing the West Indies. It’s where my heart lies,” ESPN Cricinfo quoted Narine as saying on Wednesday.Narine, who is currently playing for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League said that he can get through a T20 match, but his finger is not quite ready for getting through an ODI match.BREAKING: @windiescricket name their #CWC19 squad! World Cup (@cricketworldcup) April 24, 2019″But I don’t feel my finger is quite ready for ODI cricket. I can get through a T20 where I bowl just four overs. But even that isn’t easy and I need help from the physio. It’s holding me back from playing international cricket. I wouldn’t be able to do myself or the team justice,” he said.However, there is a possibility that Narine could be available for the latter stages of the World Cup should he be required as an injury replacement.”I can’t say for sure at the moment. You never want anyone to suffer an injury, but if it did happen and I was able to give West Indies my all, I would love to be part of it,” Narine said.advertisement”But I don’t think it would be right to go into such a big tournament carrying an injury that won’t permit an increased workload and stress on the finger. The performances are fine, but I need to build up the required strength to go from four to 10 overs regularly,” he added.West Indies announced their fifteen-member team for the World Cup on Wednesday and Narine was delighted to be approached by the selectors for the World Cup.”I’m really happy that the selectors considered me. It shows they have faith in me. I haven’t played international cricket in so long and this shows how much they want me to come back. It was good to have some conversations with them and I feel we’re all on the same page going forward,” Narine said.West Indies full 15-member squad for the World Cup: Jason Holder (c), Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Ashley Nurse, Fabian Allen, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope (wk), Oshane Thomas, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Evin Lewis.The team takes on South Africa and New Zealand in the warm-up matches before the World Cup on May 26 and 28.The 50-over tournament will take place in England and Wales from May 30 to July 14. West Indies will open its World Cup campaign against Pakistan at Trent Bridge on June 1.Also Read | Chris Gayle, Andre Russell in West Indies 2019 World Cup squadlast_img read more

Alonso tips Gerrard to manage Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool ‘He could be a big manager’ – Xabi Alonso tips Gerrard to take over at Liverpool Goal Last updated 2 years ago 04:15 10/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Steven Gerrard Jurgen Klopp Liverpool Getty Images Liverpool Premier League Newcastle United v Liverpool Newcastle United The former England midfielder has made an instant impact with the Reds’ Under-18s, leading an old team-mate to predict great things from him Steven Gerrard has been tipped to one day take over as Liverpool manager by former Reds team-mate Xabi Alonso. The former England international began work with the club’s Under-18s team this summer, and has led the youngsters to an unbeaten start to the season. Reds 13/8 to win North-West Derby Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. And Alonso, who starred in midfield with Gerrard for five years at Anfield between 2004 and 2009, believes he will be ready for the senior job before too long.“I’m following the early steps of his career closely and for sure he has all the attributes to become a big manager and a Liverpool manager one day,” the former Spain midfielder told“For sure, to have someone with his knowledge [will help Liverpool’s youngsters]. But it’s different, you can be a great player but being a manager is a different task. “For sure, he’s really focused and if he’s able to deliver that message he will be a good one.”Alonso added that Gerrard has always had the ability to lead, a talent he found out for himself upon arriving at Anfield. “I remember my first days in Liverpool. He was a true leader by example, not just in words, and you had to watch and learn from him and keep him close, as close as I could because I knew he was going to be a good influence for me,” he said.“We started building a relationship on the pitch [and] off the pitch. Really he represents so well what the Liverpool pride means, the way he behaves, and since then we became really good friends.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

TN govt announces promotion transfer of 26 IPS officers

first_imgChennai: Tamil Nadu government Wednesday announced the promotion and transfer of 26 IPS officials in the state. Those transferred and posted in other postings include K Shankar, Commissioner of Police, Salem City, a Home Department note said. Shankar has been posted as Inspector General of Police, Crime Branch-CID, Chennai, vice C Sridhar. Senior officials like Mahesh Kumar Aggarwal, IGP/ Additional Commissioner, Law and Order, South, Greater Chennai Police, G Venkataraman, IG, Administration were promoted as ADGP and posted to various positions.last_img read more

Mock drill on disaster management across Delhi NCR

first_imgNew Delhi: The Ministry of Home Affairs in association with National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) on Friday will conduct a multi-state level mock exercise for disaster management in Delhi-NCR. The exercise will involve participation of all stakeholders, including revenue districts of Delhi NCR, Indian Army and Central armed police forces including National Disaster Response Force. For the exercise, an Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) will directly coordinate with district EOC. “The mock exercise will be largely for earthquake, which may manifest itself in multiple disaster scenarios at different places — metro stations, government buildings, shopping malls and hospitals”, said a statement. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in Denmark Officials have selected sites which are vulnerable to multiple damage due to the earthquake, and where it is apparently difficult to carry out rescue, search and relief operations. “The entire exercise has been designed with an aim to check the coordination and preparedness of all the agencies/functionaries and the response to rescue and relief work by various essential support functionaries”, said the statement. The mock exercise will be conducted at five sites in each district and disaster scenarios due to earthquake in government buildings, hospitals and metro stations to map the response of the public. The government has suggested the public not to create panic at these sites.last_img read more

Groups want hearings on proposal to grow genetically modified salmon in PEI

first_imgROLLO BAY, P.E.I. – Environmental groups say public hearings should be held on a proposed factory in P.E.I. that would produce the world’s first genetically modified salmon for human consumption.Earth Action and the Council of Canadians say AquaBounty’s plan to produce the eggs and fish in on the Island is different from the proposal approved by the province last year.The groups say they have written to Premier Wade MacLauchlan to ask for a series of public meetings on the proposal, but it wasn’t clear if the province will agree to such hearings.Canadian grocery stores received the regulatory green light last year to begin selling the fast-growing, genetically modified salmon after Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency completed a scientific review.Sharon Labchuk of Earth Action says the process is inadequate given the company’s “radical change in plans” for the Rollo Bay facility.The company also has a production and grow-out centre in Panama.last_img read more

New Saskatchewan NDP Leader Ryan Meili finding balance between politics family

first_imgREGINA – Sleep has been hard to come by for Ryan Meili so far this year.The new Saskatchewan NDP leader has had to juggle a leadership race along with raising two young children with his wife, Mahli Brindamour.His oldest son, Abraham, is six and often kept his dad company on trips during the campaign.Little Augustin is just six months old.“New baby in campaign meant that sleep is a distant memory,” Meili says.“At the same time, it’s been something fun because the campaign life can be pretty stressful. Coming home to Abe and Gus sort of puts everything in perspective and I enjoy that.”Meili, 42, defeated Trent Wotherspoon earlier this month to win the leadership of Saskatchewan’s official Opposition.The NDP and its predecessor the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation have a proud history in the province. Meili follows in the footsteps of such political heavyweights as Tommy Douglas, Allan Blakeney and Roy Romanow, who were all party leaders and premiers.Meili grew up in Courval, Sask., a tiny dot on the map southwest of Moose Jaw.A family doctor by trade, he has practised across the province and did his residency in Saskatoon, where he’s spent the last several years. In 2012, he released a book called “A Healthy Society,” which argues that a focus on health can revive Canadian democracy.His wife is also a doctor, a pediatrician, who focuses on refugee health.Meili became a member of the New Democrats in 2001 when Lorne Calvert was premier. It was the same year Meili was arrested at protests surrounding the Summit of the Americas in Quebec.Meili has known Calvert for more than a decade and calls him a friend.“I’ve had a chance to know him and Roy Romanow quite well, and often will call them up and just go and listen to their stories and hear what their experiences were and their thoughts on what happened during their time in leadership,” Meili says.“They’ve been really important voices for me, both of them.”It took Meili three cracks to win the leadership. He had previously run in 2009 and 2013. He won the Saskatoon Meewasin seat in the legislature in a byelection last spring.His leadership campaign this time around included proposals for a $15 minimum wage, universal pharmacare and removing corporate and union donations from politics.Greg Poelzer, a political science professor at the University of Saskatchewan, says Meili’s election is a shift to the left for the party. He suggests that may help the NDP in urban areas, but not necessarily rural constituencies where the governing Saskatchewan Party just won three byelections.“It might certainly energize the base, but when we look at the last three byelections that were recently held, I mean the numbers are frankly astonishing for the Sask. Party,” Poelzer says.“And if you think of it as a mini referendum, it doesn’t bode well for the NDP, at least in rural Saskatchewan, for the next election.”Meili is facing another rookie leader in the legislature. Scott Moe was chosen earlier this year as head of the Saskatchewan Party and premier, and takes over from the widely popular Brad Wall who retired.Meili says that the April 10 budget “will frame a lot of what the debate will be like.”Even Abraham knows his dad’s chief rival.“He was telling his teacher the other day, he was so surprised, and she said, what are you so surprised about? ‘That Scott Moe won. I just didn’t see that coming.’“He’s actually quite engaged,” Meili says.“Hopefully I’m not making him deeply unpopular.”— Follow @RyanBMcKenna on Twitterlast_img read more

Wake up key message in letter from Calgary camp to province of

first_imgTamara PimentelAPTN NewsThe Mohkinstsis Camp in Downtown Calgary wrote an open letter to the Saskatchewan government regarding its actions toward the camp in Regina, telling the province to “wake up” and take the time to learn from Indigenous people.The Justice for our Stolen Children camp occupied Wascana Centre, outside the Saskatchewan legislature for nearly 200 days.It was taken down September 12 following a court decision to have the camp dismantled.Meanwhile, in Calgary, the camp remains standing and is receiving full support from the city.“We’re here to say,” said Garrett Smith, founder of Mohkinstsis, “Calgary and the province of Alberta can be proud with how they’ve been dealing with us so far.”Mohkinstsis is the Blackfoot name for Calgary.Despite by-laws, there hasn’t been any push back.The fire department even donated a fire extinguisher and smoke detectors for the teepees.It’s the kind of support Smith says he wishes the Regina camp received.“We’re here in another province, hundreds of kilometers away, but we feel them gone,” Smith said adding the two camps were connected and inspired each other.“They’re a reason why we decided to re-raise and name Mohkinstsis.”Smith says before Mohkinstsis there was no Indigenous presence downtown, no way for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to connect.last_img read more

Pan African Caribbean Association hosting Black History Month Gala this Saturday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Pan-African Caribbean Association of Fort St. John will be holding an event this weekend to commemorate Black History Month in the Energetic City.Association President Panebi Oboh said this year’s event will be taking place at the Stonebridge Hotel on Saturday, February 24th from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. The evening will feature Caribbean and African cuisine, dancing, and a fashion show. Dawson Creek band Earth, Wind and Snow will be bringing the funk to this year’s event, while Calgary-based comedian Kome Eto will help contribute to the light-hearted atmosphere.The event is open to the public. Tickets range from $20 for kids to $40 for adults and can be picked up at Whole Wheat and Honey, or at the door.last_img read more

Lionsgate chair: ‘The sky is not falling in Hollywood’

LAS VEGAS — Lionsgate’s motion picture group chairman Joe Drake says the sky is not falling in Hollywood and the feature film business is not dead. It’s certainly a message that the audience of movie theatre owners and exhibitors wanted to hear at the final Hollywood studio presentation at CinemaCon.The studio on Thursday announced a multi-platform deal with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s Point Grey Pictures and a new banner for faith-based films called Kingdom. It also offered a first look at Rian Johnson’s crackling Agatha Christie-style whodunit “Knives Out,” with Daniel Craig, Chris Evans and Ana de Armas.The studio brought out stars like Halle Berry, of “John Wick 3,” Jamie Lee Curtis of “Knives Out” and Charlize Theron of “Long Shot” to promote its slate.Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press read more

Facing crisis Central African Republic urgently needs aid Annan reports

According to the report, the Central African Republic is facing an “economic emergency” which must be addressed through prompt assistance from the international community. Mr. Annan urges bilateral and multilateral partners to support a new $75 million “minimum plan of action for social and economic recovery” elaborated by the country’s authorities. The Secretary-General also calls for support to the Government’s efforts to restructure the armed forces. “I encourage the international community and the development partners of the Central African Republic, out of concern for peace and stability in this country, to provide urgent support to the restructuring of the defence and security forces, the collection of weapons and the redeployment plan drawn up by the Government,” he writes. Noting that “poverty is the breeding ground” for the country’s instability, the Secretary-General says efforts should be made to provide substantial assistance “to prevent this situation from deteriorating and the Central African Republic from continuing to be the ‘soft underbelly’ of the subregion.” The report also stresses the responsibility of the Central African Republic’s own people to establish the conditions for a political system based on consensus. The Secretary-General calls for them to urgently re-establish political dialogue, restore confidence among themselves, foster consultations and promote tolerance. “The majority must allow the opposition to carry out its activities freely and the opposition, while performing in a constructive and responsible manner its role of critic and monitor of the actions of the Government pending the next elections, must let the majority govern,” writes the Secretary-General. “It is on these conditions alone that the Central African Republic will be able to emerge from this interminable crisis situation which seems to be its defining characteristic.” The report also details the activities of the United Nations Peace-building and Support Office in the Central African Republic, which is helping to strengthen the capacity of national institutions to promote human rights while working to ease tensions in the region. read more

Surge in stunningly vicious attacks on albino children in East Africa UN

“These attacks are often stunningly vicious, with children in particular being targeted,” said High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein in a statement to the press. “As a result, many people with albinism are living in abject fear. Some no longer dare to go outside, and children with albinism have stopped attending school because of the recent spate of assaults, murders and kidnappings,” he added. In Malawi alone, at least six incidents have been reported in the first ten weeks of this year, compared to four incidents recorded over the previous two years. In the south of the country, where several kidnappings and killings have taken place, groups of men are reported to be roaming around hunting for people with albinism. On 4 March, a 14-year-old girl was abducted by two men, but managed to escape. The following night, a two-year-old boy was reportedly kidnapped in another village. Four other attacks targeting people with albinism have been documented in Malawi since the beginning of the year. On 22 January, a nine-year-old girl with albinism was kidnapped and is believed to have been killed. Four days earlier, a 68-year-old woman with albinism went missing and the following day, her dismembered body was found near her home, buried minus arms, legs and head. On 16 January, a two-year-old girl was kidnapped from her home and has not been seen since. And on 5 January, 11-year-old Mina Jeffrey was kidnapped during the night by three men, including an uncle, but managed to escape. Her uncle later said he had been promised $6,500 for her body. The situation has been worsening in Tanzania as well. Last Saturday, a six-year-old boy, Baraka Cosmas Rusambo, was attacked in his home. The attackers fled with his right hand after cutting it off with a machete. Baraka and his mother, who suffered serious head injuries, are both in hospital. The police have moved Baraka’s two siblings, who also have albinism, to a safer place and have arrested seven suspects, including Baraka’s father. “Since January, two other incidents have been reported, including the attempted kidnapping of a four-year-old boy, and the atrocious killing of a one-year-old baby, Yohana Bahati, who was kidnapped from his home on 17 February and later killed, with his arms and legs hacked off,” Mr. Zeid said. A total of eight attacks have been reported in Tanzania since August 2014, during which two people with albinism were killed; one was kidnapped and is still missing; two others had limbs cut off by attackers; one was gang-raped; and two managed to escape from their kidnappers. “The ban on witchcraft imposed by the Tanzanian authorities in January is a step in the right direction, as is the conviction of four people in Tanzania over the 2008 killing of a woman with albinism,” Mr. Zeid said. “However, I am concerned at the death sentences pronounced by the Court and I hope Tanzania will maintain its moratorium on the death penalty.” Mr. Zeid called on authorities to prevent attacks on people with albinism in all countries where they are occurring, bring to justice alleged perpetrators and ensure that redress and rehabilitation for survivors and their families are made a priority. Attacks against people with albinism have also taken place in Burundi, where 19 people from albinism have been killed since 2008. The latest incident took place on 12 December 2014, when a man was found dead, with a leg hacked off. According to reports, 11 people have been arrested in relation to attacks against people with albinism in Burundi, of whom six escaped and one was convicted. National policy to protect the rights of people with albinism in Burundi has been proposed but not yet initiated. Mr. Zeid also highlighted the result of a recent study in Pakistan, which showed the multiple layers of human rights problems faced by people with albinism, including social rejection, medical and psychological problems, as well as confinement to poverty. read more

Ahead of UN conference World Bank says climatesmart development can keep 100

The report, Shock Waves: Managing the Impacts of Climate Change on Poverty, finds that poor people are already at high risk from climate-related shocks, including crop failures from reduced rainfall, spikes in food prices after extreme weather events, and increased incidence of diseases after heat waves and floods. It says such shocks could wipe out hard-won gains, leading to irreversible losses, driving people back into poverty, particularly in Africa and South Asia.“This report sends a clear message that ending poverty will not be possible unless we take strong action to reduce the threat of climate change on poor people and dramatically reduce harmful emissions,” World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said today in a press release.“Climate change hits the poorest the hardest, and our challenge now is to protect tens of millions of people from falling into extreme poverty because of a changing climate,” the World Bank chief explains. Efforts to end poverty, the linchpin of the 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in September, could be derailed if the impacts of climate change on poor and vulnerable people and communities not effectively addressed. According to the report, the poorest people are more exposed than the average population to climate- related shocks such as floods, droughts, and heatwaves, and they lose much more of their wealth when they are hit. In the 52 countries where data was available, 85 per cent of the population lives in countries where poor people are more exposed to drought than the average. Poor people are also more exposed to higher temperatures and live in countries where food production is expected to decrease because of climate change.Released less than a month before negotiators gather in Paris for the 21st Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), known as COP 21, the report shows how ending poverty and fighting climate change can be more effectively achieved if addressed together.Agriculture will be the main driver of any increase in poverty, the report finds. Modeling studies suggest that climate change could result in global crop yield losses as large as 5 percent by 2030 and 30 per cent by 2080. Health effects – higher incidence of malaria, diarrhea and stunting – and the labor productivity effects of high temperatures are the next-strongest drivers.The impact of climate change on food prices in Africa could be as high as 12 per cent in 2030 and 70 percent by 2080 – a crippling blow to those nations where food consumption of the poorest households amounts to over 60 per cent of total spending. In focusing on impacts through agriculture, natural disasters and health, the report calls for development efforts that improve the resilience of poor people, such as strengthening social safety nets and universal health coverage, along with climate-specific measures to help cope with a changing climate, such as upgraded flood defenses, early warning systems and climate-resistant crops.At the same time, the report says an all-out push to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is needed to remove the long-term threat that climate change poses for poverty reduction. Such mitigation efforts should be designed to ensure that they do not burden the poor. For example, the savings from eliminating fossil fuel subsidies could be reinvested in assistance schemes to help poor families cope with higher fuel costs.In poor countries, support from the international community will be essential to accomplish many of these measures, according to the report. This is particularly true for investments with high upfront costs – such as urban transport or resilient energy infrastructure – that are critical to prevent lock-ins into carbon-intensive patterns.“The future is not set in stone,” said Stephane Hallegatte, a senior economist at the World Bank who led the team that prepared the report. “We have a window of opportunity to achieve our poverty objectives in the face of climate change, provided we make wise policy choices now.”The report also reviews successful policy solutions to show that good development can protect the poor from shocks. For example, after Typhoon Yolanda, the Philippines was able to use the existing conditional cash transfer system to quickly distribute emergency funding to the affected population. In Uganda, the combination of new crop varieties and extension visits has boosted household agricultural income by 16 per cent. read more

Protecting cultural heritage from combatants promotes human rights and universal values –

So far, more than three dozen countries have taken measures to curb the plague, the Secretary-General said, adding that with the support of the World Customs Organizations, UNODC and INTERPOL, “blood antiquities” have been seized in a number of countries. “Today I call on the international community to intensify the global response to attacks on cultural heritage. We have a strong legal basis that we must apply through action to protect treasures and end illicit trafficking,” Mr. Ban said. “When we ‘unite4heritage’, we will advance our broader campaign for a more just, peaceful and sustainable future.” This past June, UNESCO and the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced they are working together in the fight against impunity for deliberate destruction of cultural heritage, which they said could constitute a war crime. In addition, in February, UNESCO and the Government of Italy agreed to establish a task force of experts focusing on the conservation of cultural heritage affected by crises around the world. Next week, the 4th session of the subsidiary committee of UNESCO’s Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property will, among other agenda items, focus on issues such as online sales, a new international mechanism on the repatriation of ceremonial objects and human remains, and money laundering. An action plan for the return of cultural objects illegally offered for sale will also be examined. “Combatants that attack cultural treasures want to damage more than artefacts – they aim to tear at the fabric of societies,” the UN chief said in remarks presented by Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at a high-level event entitled “Protecting Cultural Heritage – an Imperative for Humanity: Acting together against the destruction and trafficking of cultural property by terrorist groups and organized crime.” “And protection is about more than shielding stones and buildings – it is a part of our effort to defend human rights and save people’s lives,” he added. The event – held at UN headquarters in New York this afternoon – was co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Italy and Jordan, in collaboration with the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), UNESCO and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Lamenting that “we have all been devastated” by attacks on cultural heritage in the Middle East, North Africa, Yemen, Mali and beyond, the Secretary-General said that using such a tactic of war is also a war crime. “Throughout history, the enemies of human dignity have targeted symbols of knowledge, freedom of thought and freedom of expression. These are attacks on our universal values,” he stressed. The UN, for its part, has been responding by taking action to restore and rebuild damaged sites. In Timbuktu, UNESCO – the UN body responsible for identifying significant cultural landmarks – helped to rebuild 14 mausoleums. In addition, hundreds of thousands of ancient manuscripts have been recovered, Mr. Ban said. “Perpetrators are being held accountable. For the first time, the International Criminal Court has opened a trial for the destruction of the mausoleums. This can help an end to impunity,” he said. Mr. Ban was referring to the trial, on 22 August 2016, of Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi, which opened before Trial Chamber VIII at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, the Netherlands. Mr Al Mahdi, a Malian national, “admitted guilt as to the war crime consisting in the destruction of historical and religious monuments in Timbuktu (Mali), between around 30 June 2012 and 11 July 2012,” read a statement from the ICC, following the opening of the trial.It was the first international trial focusing on the destruction of historical and religious monuments, and the first ICC case where the defendant made an admission of guilt.Security Council resolution 2199 (2015) on halting the financing of terrorism tackles the specific issue of illicit trafficking in cultural objects. Abdul Wahid shows a manuscript from 14th century at his house in Timbuktu, North of Mali. 4203 manuscripts were destroyed by jihadists during the occupation. UN Photo/Marco Dormino read more

Essex warehouse engulfed by huge blaze

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. It is understood the fire broke out just after 12.20am on Sunday morningCredit:UKNIP 100 firefighters and fifteen engines tackled the blaze at its peak Credit:UKNIP It is understood the fire broke out just after 12.20am on Sunday morning “Firefighters have done an absolutely brilliant job here this morning. They spotted the fire had started to spread to the large warehouse next door and managed to extinguish the fire very quickly and stopped the fire spreading.”Eight fire engines remain at the scene, along with firefighters who are continuing to extinguish the flames.Essex Police said there are not believed to be any casualties.center_img A huge fire engulfed an Essex warehouse in the early hours of Sunday.  Around 100 firefighters were tackling the blaze at a packaging warehouse at its peak, Essex Fire Service said.The building on Festival Way in Basildon was “completely alight”, with the flames also affecting a neighbouring industrial unit.  Social media users reported seeing huge clouds of smoke coming from the fire, near Festival Leisure Park.But officer in charge Neil Fenwick said crews had acted quickly and prevented the spread of the fire.He said: “The warehouse, which we believe is used for packaging and distribution, contained a large amount of stock and the fire took hold very quickly. 100 firefighters and fifteen engines tackled the blaze at its peak last_img read more

First preseason defeat for Kielce in Hannover

German TSV Hannover Burgdorf has showed against Vive Targi Kielce 32:28 (16:16) that previous season wasn’t just coincidence. At the premiere of Sevaljevic, Weber and Mackovsek, “green” team presented good performance and beat TOP rival from Poland. That was the first defeat for the Polish champion in pre-season period… handballTSV HannoverTSV Hannover BurgdorfVive Targi Kielce ← Previous Story STRUGA 2013 (Day 1): HCM Constanta too weak for Vardar – Metalurg and Meshkov wins Next Story → U 17 Women’s ECh – Poland 2013: Gdansk and Gdynia waiting for generation 1996 read more

The 9 at 9 Thursday

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 2nd 2017, 7:54 AM EVERY MORNING, brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #TRUMP: US President Donald Trump reportedly tore into Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull on a phone call earlier this week over a “dumb” refugee deal.2. #ON NOTICE: Meanwhile, Trump’s National Security Advisor Michael Flynn says that Iran, which tested a missile last week, is “officially on notice”.3. #SHANKILL: Undercover female gardaí will be deployed in a bid to catch a repeat sex offender in south Dublin.4. #TROLLEYS: Over 600 people were on trolleys in Irish hospitals yesterday.5. #BLOWN AWAY: A wind warning has been put in place for the whole country, with gusts up to 100km per hour forecast.6. #COURTS: A teenager accused of raping a young girl in a Dublin park has been sent forward for trial.7. #CORK: Architects are worried that a flood defence system for Cork city won’t actually prevent flooding.8. #CROKE PARK: A third major concert for Croke Park will go ahead this summer – but it won’t be an extra U2 date.9. #TEACHER STRIKE: The results of a ballot on industrial action by ASTI teachers will be known today. Image: Shutterstock/5 second Studio The 9 at 9: Thursday Here’s what’s happening as we start Thursday. No Comments 9,698 Views Image: Shutterstock/5 second Studio Thursday 2 Feb 2017, 7:54 AM Share1 Tweet Email By Paul Hosford Short URLlast_img read more

Attorneys Argue Over Proper Venue For Sanctuary City Lawsuit

first_imgErika Rich for The Texas TribuneProtesters opposed to Senate Bill 4, the “sanctuary cities” bill, turn out in force for the last day of the legislative session on May 29, 2017.A federal judge on Thursday criticized the politics surrounding Texas’ new immigration-enforcement law and hinted that he’d be unable to take the case over from his colleague in Bexar County.U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks told attorneys for the state of Texas that he had a docket twice as busy as San Antonio-based Orlando Garcia after he was asked by the state to declare Austin the appropriate venue for what’s gearing up to be a lengthy court battle over Senate bill 4.The law bans “sanctuary cities,” the common term for local governments that do not enforce federal immigration laws. It will take effect Sept. 1 unless a court intervenes.The attorney general’s office sued Travis County and city of Austin officials shortly after Gov. Greg Abbott signed the bill last month, seeking a ruling that the bill is constitutional.But opponents of the measure, including the cities of Houston, Austin, San Antonio and El Cenizo, as well as Maverick and El Paso counties, have argued the law violates several provisions of the U.S. Constitution and filed a separate lawsuit against Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton in San Antonio, trying to prevent the law from taking effect. The state wants that case moved to Austin, arguing it’s the proper venue because it’s where the governor and attorney general live.The law allows local law enforcement officers to question the immigration status of people they detain or arrest and punishes local government department heads and elected officials who don’t cooperate with federal immigration “detainers” — requests by agents to turn over immigrants subject to possible deportation.“San Antonio has a track record of evidence that Judge Garcia can take into consideration,” Sparks said, referring to a seven-hour hearing on Monday in San Antonio where attorneys for both sides argued over the legality of allowing state governments to enforce federal immigration laws. He added that he has a trial scheduled in August that could likely spill into September.Thursday’s hearing was a dramatic shift from Monday’s display, where Garcia sat largely silent and appeared to take every motion, argument and counter-argument into consideration. Sparks instead often interrupted the attorneys and repeated what he said should be simple questions to answer when the attorneys strayed off topic. He also hinted that he believed parties that joined the lawsuit against the state did so for political purposes.“The city of Austin just got in because it’s political and they get a lot of advertisement” [in the press], he said.Later, when Nina Perales, vice president of litigation for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, said she didn’t want to get into the politics of the issue, Sparks quipped: “Spare me.”Sparks later invited both sides to sit and observe his courtroom on a day when he takes up immigration cases so they could observe the side of the issue that 99 percent of the public doesn’t see.The judge also cast doubt on whether any court would be able to declare a law constitutional when it hasn’t gone into effect yet.“I don’t have the authority to forecast the future and you have a statute that doesn’t come into effect until September,” he told David Hacker, a lawyer for the attorney general’s office.Sparks didn’t give a time line on when he’d rule on the motion to move the case to Austin. Sharelast_img read more