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Protest against extortion by extremists hits life in Dimapur

first_imgLife in Dimapur, Nagaland’s commercial hub, was affected on Wednesday as hundreds of people took to the streets to protest against “illegal taxation,” or extortion, by extremist groups and criminal organisations.The Public Action Committee of the Naga Council, Dimapur, which organised the rally, urged the government of Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio to crack down on these outfits.At least five outfits, including the Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland, collect “tax” periodically. Government and corporate employees have to shell out 22-24% of their salary and traders and the self-employed are required to pay more.“The State government must immediately stop all illegal taxation… It must also ban the syndicate and lease system and unauthorised collection centres run in and around Dimapur by unions and organisations, including Naga political groups [extremist groups] and government agencies, causing uncontrolled inflation,” the committee said in a statement.This is the second protest against the government’s failure to prevent extortion by extremist groups, almost all of which have declared a ceasefire. Another civil society organisation, Against Corruption and Unabated Taxation, staged a rally in September last year, demanding ‘one group one tax.’ The organisation had resolved that the people pay ‘tax’ to only one extremist group.last_img read more

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Indian T20 and ODI squads for South Africa series to be picked on September 20

first_imgThe Indian squad for the three T20 Internationals and five ODIs for the upcoming series against South Africa will be announced in Bengaluru on Sunday, September 20.Meanwhile it was also announced that a Borad President’s XI team will take on South Africans in the warm-up T20 game at the Airforce Ground in Palam on September 29.”The meeting of the All-India Senior Selection Committee of the BCCI will be held on Sunday, the 20th of September 2015, at 12 PM at Hotel JW Marriot (UB City), Bengaluru, to select the Indian teams for the upcoming T20 Internationals (three matches) and One Day Internationals (Five matches) against South Africa,” BCCI release stated.Also read: Fearless Team India ready for formidable South Africa – Ashwin “The committee will also select the Board President’s XI team to play the only T20 practice match against South Africa at Palam Cricket Ground, Delhi on 29th September 2015,” the release added.As is the norm in the current regime, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur and chairman of selectors Sandeep Patil will address the media after the selection committee meeting is over.last_img read more

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Jamia names its sports complex after Tiger Pataudi

first_imgNew Delhi, May 14 (PTI) The Jamia Milia Islamia today named its new sports complex after late Indian cricket captain Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and unveiled a pavilion named after former opener Virender Sehwag, who was an alumnus of the university. Pataudis wife and yesteryears actress Sharmila Tagore unveiled a plaque naming the Sports Complex after her late husband, popularly known as Tiger Pataudi, at a function attended by Sehwag, Jamia Vice Chancellor Professor Talat Ahmad and senior faculty members, officials and students of the university. The complex was earlier known as Bhopal Ground as the land on which it is located was donated to the university by Pataudis mother Sajida Sultan, the Begum of Bhopal. Speaking on the occasion, Sharmila said, “I have no doubt Tiger would have said put the sports first and foremost at the centre of every decision you take.” Prof. Talat Ahmad talked about the contribution made by Pataudi to cricket and said he was one of the most successful captain India has seen until now. While expressing his gratitude for the honour, Sehwag who had graduated from the University in 2001-02, remembered his days in the university and asked the students to take interest in sports. Pataudi played in 46 Test matches for India between 1961 and 1975, scoring 2,793 runs at an average of 34.91, including 6 Test centuries. He captained the Indian side in 40 of his 46 matches. His most memorable victories included Indias first ever overseas Test win, against New Zealand in 1968. Sehwag, on the other hand, played his first one-dayer in 1999 and joined the Indian Test Team in 2001. He scored 8586 Test runs, while piling 8273 runs in ODIs. The newly named Sports Complex has indoor games facilities, a cricket ground, football field, basketball and lawn tennis courts. Ranji Trophy matches are a regular feature at the cricket ground. PTI PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

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James Anderson can surpass my wickets tally in Tests: Glenn McGrath

first_imgLegendary Australian pacer Glenn McGrath said on Saturday that England quick James Anderson can go on to surpass his tally of 563 Test wickets, provided the latter stays fit.Anderson breezed past the 450 milestone in England’s most recent Test against Sri Lanka this week. He now has 451 scalps to his credit, 112 less than that of McGrath.The Australian is fourth on the list with the likes of legendary Sri Lankan offspinner Muthiah Muralitharan (800), legspin great Shane Warne (708) and former India captain Anil Kumble (619) preceding him.”That’s entirely up to him; if he stays on the park, then he can do that quite easily – and knock me off. And good luck to him,” McGrath was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.”He’s a quality bowler, there’s no doubt about that. When he’s firing and the ball’s swinging, he’s as tough (to face) as any bowler going around,” McGrath said.”He’s played 115 Tests now, which for a fast bowler to play over 100 is exceptional. He’s still bowling well, and he’s still taking wickets.”last_img read more

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CES 2018: Samsung C-Lab to showcase smart glasses, directional speakers and more

first_img2018 will be kicked off with the annual Consumer Electronics Show scheduled to take place between January 9 and January 12. Some of the biggest brands in consumer electronics are expected to showcase products that will set the trend for the rest of the year. Samsung will be at the trade show to display some its latest products, especially some that are being cooked up by its C-Lab (Creative Lab) program.The South Korean giant confirmed via a release that C-Lab will showcase a few new products, which includes directional speakers, smart glasses and a lung damage recovery solution. The S-Ray (Sound-Ray) is a range portable directional speakers that Samsung says is small, light and easy to carry around wherever you go. The S-Ray comes in three varieties – Neckband, Handy and Mini. The first as the name suggests can be worn around the neck, the second is small enough to carry around and place wherever needed while the last one is a smartphone cover.GoBreath is what C-Lab is calling a recovery solution for people who have experienced lung damage and suffer from postoperative pulmonary complications after general anesthesia. The product consists of a portable device and a mobile app that will teach patients basic techniques such as inspiration, coughing or deep breathing. This is meant to help patients for whom deep breathing can be a challenge, especially after undergoing surgery. The app will provide information regarding how well patients lungs have recovered and also offers web and cloud service to doctors to help monitor their patients.advertisementThe third product to be showcased is called Relumino, which are smart visual aid eyeglasses that aim to help people with visual impairments. The glasses work in tandem with a supporting app. Essentially the phone processes images from videos projected from the cameras of the glasses, and the processed images are fed into the display of the glasses to help the wearer see things clearly.Also read: LG to showcase world’s largest 88-inch 8K OLED TV at CES 2018Apart from these, products will be showcased for seven startups that have spun off from C-Lab, including LINKFLOW, Kitten Planet, lululab, KIDSOFT, Mangoslab, Innomdle lab, and analogue plus. C-Lab aside, Samsung will also be showcasing some of its core products including a new CJ791 QLED monitor, which is the first curved monitor to sport Intel’s Thunderbolt 3 connectivity. All of these may be overshadowed if Samsung does plan to tease the upcoming Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ flagship smartphones as per past rumours.last_img read more

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Spieth Wins Stunner U.S. Open

first_imgUNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. — Jordan Spieth is halfway home to the Grand Slam, a prize only three of the biggest names in modern golf have ever chased.And he still can’t believe how he got there.Spieth won the U.S. Open in a heart-stopper June 21 with a turn of events even more wild than the terrain at Chambers Bay. He thought he had it won with a 25-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole.He threw away a three-shot lead one hole later. He made birdie on the final hole. And then he thought it was over as Dustin Johnson settled in over a 12-foot eagle putt for the victory.Three putts later, Spieth was the U.S. Open champion.“I’m still in shock,” he said with the gleaming U.S. Open trophy at his side. “I’ve never experienced a feeling like this. It was a very intense back nine.”Spieth became only the sixth player to win the Masters and U.S. Open in the same year, and he joined Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods in getting the first two legs of the modern slam that Palmer created on his way to St. Andrews in 1960.That’s the next stop for the 21-year-old Texan whose two major championships could not be any more different. A wire-to-wire runaway at Augusta National. A nail-biter on the edge of Puget Sound.And another major heartache for Johnson. “I had all the chances in the world,” said Johnson, who missed six putts inside 10 feet on the back nine and finished one shot behind.Spieth, the youngest U.S. Open champion since Bobby Jones in 1923, did his part. Even after letting Johnson and fast-closing Louis Oosthuizen back into the game with his double bogey on the 17th hole, Spieth responded with a 3-wood that caught the backboard on the 18th hole and settled below the hole for an eagle putt.He missed it left, made birdie and walked off the green feeling more regret than excitement over his 1-under 69 for a one-shot lead with the big-hitting Johnson behind him.Johnson reached the par-5 18th with a 5-iron — that’s how far he smashed his tee shot on the 601-yard hole.Make the putt and he wins the U.S. Open. Two putts would force an 18-hole playoff June 22 on a course that favors power.“I’m still amazed that I won, let alone that we weren’t playing tomorrow,” Spieth said. “So for that turnaround right there, to watch that happen, I feel for Dustin, but I haven’t been able to put anything in perspective yet.”Spieth now prepares for St. Andrews, the next stop on this improbable ride. Woods in 2002 was the last player to get the first two legs of the slam.The others to win the Masters and U.S. Open in the same year were Craig Wood in 1941 and Ben Hogan in 1951 and 1953. Hogan won the British Open in 1953, though he never played the PGA Championship because it was held roughly the same time as the British.Spieth finished at 5-under 275 in winning for the third time this year. He is still No. 2 and closing fast on Rory McIlroy, who has top 10s in both majors this year without being a serious contender.Spieth becomes the first player since Jones to make birdie on the 72nd hole to win the U.S. Open by one shot — all because of Johnson’s three-putt. He also became the youngest player with two majors since Gene Sarazen in 1922.For all the criticism of the unique course at Chambers Bay, this was the theater at its finest.But there will be lingering questions about the condition of the greens, so bumpy that they were referred to as broccoli and Billy Horschel said he lost respect for the USGA. This championship ended with a short miss, the target of complaints all week.“As you can tell, it’s very difficult to get them in the hole out there,” Johnson said. “The greens were really fast and they were rolling fairly smooth, but it was still bouncing a little bit.”The final hour was so wild that four players could have won over the last two holes.Branden Grace of South Africa was tied for the lead when he hit his tee shot on the reachable 16th hole over the fence and onto the railroads that run along Puget Sound. He made double bogey and never challenged again.Spieth hit into the fescue-covered mounds right of the 17th and made double bogey just as Oosthuizen made one last birdie — his sixth over the last seven holes — for a 67 to post at 4-under 276.Johnson, who had a two-shot lead at the turn until missing so many putts on the back nine, was forgotten until he stuffed his tee shot on the par-3 17th to 4 feet for birdie. He just couldn’t make one from a little closer when it mattered even more.“I did everything I was supposed to do,” he said. “I hit the ball really well. I’m proud of the way I handled myself and the way I played today. I just really struggled getting it in the hole today. I didn’t think I was hitting bad putts. I thought I was hitting them pretty good they just weren’t going in.”It was the fourth heartache for Johnson in the majors, and this was the worst.Jason Day, who collapsed on June 19 with vertigo only to rally for a share of the 54-hole lead, fell back with missed putt and was never in the hunt on the back nine. He closed with a 74 to finish five shots behind.Grace never recovered from that double bogey on No. 16 and shot 71 to tie for fourth with Adam Scott (64) and Cameron Smith (68).(DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot makes registration of FIRs mandatory

first_imgRajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has ordered mandatory registration of FIRs for any cognizable offence.Gehlot chaired a meeting of the state home department and said a complainant, whose FIR has been declined, would be free to lodge a complaint against non-registration of complaint (FIR) on the portal.The concerned station house officer (SHO) would have to answer that within a time bound frame.Ashok Gehlot said this would result in increase in number of FIRs. It is well known that police often turn down registration of the FIRs to keep crime figures low, but Gehlot insisted that an FIR cannot be rejected unless there is a concrete reason to do so.”However, we do feel that more FIRs means more requirement of investigations and, we have decided to have more manpower for which new appointments will be made,” he said.Accordingly, as a priority, all promotions of head constable to Inspector will be done within this financial year, he added.Besides, a thousand sub inspectors and will be appointed directly. Eleven thousand vacancies of constables will be filled.Constables and head constables will be allowed to investigate smaller offences to reduce load on ASIs, SIs and Inspectors.Gehlot doubled the police sports fund to Rs two crore. He also announced recruitments of 40 thousand volunteers from registered unemployed who will work for two years to publicise and coordinate implementation of government policies.Read | Rajasthan: Ashok Gehlot inaugurates Jaipur’s 2nd government medical college and hospitalAlso Read | People believe PM Modi can do anything to win elections: Ashok Gehlotadvertisementlast_img read more

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a month agoWoodward: Solskjaer and Man Utd share philosophy

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Woodward: Solskjaer and Man Utd share philosophyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward says manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has the board’s full support.As the United chief announced record annual revenues of £621.7million today, he insisted the club are on the right track.Woodward stated: “We remain focused on our plan of rebuilding the team and continuing to strengthen our youth system, in line with the philosophy of the club and the manager.”This is reflected in the recent addition of three exciting first team players, key player contract extensions and the talent we have coming through our academy.”Everyone at Manchester United is committed to delivering on our primary objective of winning trophies.” last_img read more

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VIDEO: IAPH 2015 Kicks Off

first_imgzoom Being ready for what the future has in store means being smart when it comes to planning investments, a topic which was in the focus of the first day of the 29th IAPH World Ports Conference taking place in Hamburg.The key topics on the agenda of the conference are future SmartPORT and the cruise industry.The conference opened in a pretty impressive but unusual manner as shown in the video below: “It’s been an unusual way to open a conference, a very spectacular and innovate way. But if you want to send a message about being a Smart Port, why not do it the way it’s been done today?” said IAPH President Grant Gilfallon.To kick off the conference, a discussion was held on ship size developments, with the panel discussing, inter alia, the challenges faced by ports, terminals and captains in the clearance of mega-carriers.As an introduction to this topic, general overviews on the global economic developments were given by Peter Hinchliffe, Secretary General International Chamber of Shipping, and Dr. Christian Growitsch, Director of the Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI).Peter Hinchliffe, Secretary General ICSThe Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) as organiser of the global event availed of the opportunity to present its “smartPORT” concept. HPA joined forces with the State Ministry of Economic Affairs, Transport and Innovation, and the State Ministry of Urban Development and Environment to develop the ‘smartPORT energy’ concept a few years ago.The concept involves a switch to renewable sources of energy to power the port and promotion of environmentally-friendly and innovative solutions aimed at boosting mobility.One of the most recent examples saw the port inaugurate its LNG hybrid barge Hummel with the first ”cold ironing” to the AIDAsol.In this context, Jens Meier, CEO Hamburg Port Authority, explained the economic and logistical processes that rendered the Port of Hamburg more efficient and sustainable by an advanced computer-based infrastructure.Michael Pal, principal analyst for logistics at Western Australia’s Fremantle Ports, demonstrated the Australian perspective of intelligent port management by “Truck Marshalling Automation and Control Key Performance Indicator”. In addition, representatives from Stockholm, Valencia, and the Far East gave their answers to the question of what will make port a smart one.The last day will be devoted to cruise, port law, and air purity in ports. In addition, the IAPH Women’s Forum will meet to address the question “how diversity contributes to smart thinking”.In the cruise session, Douglas Ward, author of the Berlitz Cruise Guide, will give insights into the importance of the “wow effect” when marketing cruise offers.In the port law session, which will be held parallel, legal experts devote from Rotterdam, London and Hamburg will address the question of legal domicile in maritime law. They will also address the questions of appropriate insurance policies for ports in case of accidents, including issues such as: Is ship cargo still sufficiently insured today? Who will be held liable in the event of loss or injury in ports?The conference has attracted 900 international representatives of the worlds of business, politics and science in the Hanseatic City for the five-day ports conference that started on June 1st.last_img read more

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Fjord Line Ferries Get First LNG Bunkering Station

first_imgzoom Scandinavian liquefied natural gas (LNG) provider Skangas has reported that the first ever bunkering station for LNG in the Nordics is open and operating successfully in Risavika.The new bunkering station fuels Fjord Line’s cruise ferries, which are the first and largest in the world to use single fueled LNG engines, meaning that they are powered exclusively by LNG.Loading arm is a well-known method of transferring cargo for large oil and LNG terminals. According to Skangas, this is the first loading arm ever developed purely for bunkering. LNG ships have normally been bunkered via hose connections from a truck or a tank.A loading arm can provide a much higher rate of transfer. The coupling and de-coupling procedures are faster and more efficient, and monitoring of the operation is much easier. Overall, it provides a better solution for both the supplier and the off taker of LNG.”There is a world of difference when comparing truck-filling with this new bunkering station,” said Morten Larsen, Technical and Maritime Director of Fjord Line.”The new station greatly reduces the time it takes every week for Fjord Line to refuel. Less time spent refueling provides a quicker turnaround in port, and, therefore, greater efficiency for our ships.”With the addition of the new LNG bunkering station, the Port of Risavika is now considered the best-equipped LNG bunkering port in Europe. Looking ahead, Risavika Havn and Skangas will develop yet another quay in Risavika for LNG bunkering.David Ottesen, CEO of Risavika Havn said: ”At Risavika Havn, we believe that LNG is poised to play an important part of the future fuel mix in the maritime sector. For us, it is important to have Skangas as a partner; one that is obligated to satisfy customer expectations and the future development of our port.”In 2015, LNG bunkering is estimated to reach approximately 35,000 tons in the Port of Risavika.last_img read more

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Delhi wakes up to a sultry morning

first_imgNew Delhi: It was a sultry morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature settling at 31 degrees Celsius, four notches above normal. The humidity level was recorded at 57 per cent. “The minimum temperature at 8.30 am was recorded at 31 degrees Celsius, four notches above normal,” a Meteorological Department official said. The weatherman has predicted partly cloudy skies towards the afternoon with the possibility of strong surface winds. “The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to settle around 39 and 31 degrees Celsius respectively,” the official said.last_img read more

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I really dont need the money Halifax man to give huge poker

first_imgHALIFAX — A Halifax man who won over US$671,000 at an international poker tournament in the Bahamas doesn’t plan on keeping a single cent of his unlikely winnings.Scott Wellenbach, a 67-year-old Buddhist translator, says he’s comfortable enough in his own life that he can donate it all to charity.“First of all I can. I have a good job, it takes care of my living needs,” he said. “That gives me a comfortable cushion that allows me to donate my poker winnings. It’s actually quite easy, I really don’t need the money.”Wellenbach, who considers himself an amateur player despite playing for decades, finished third in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event, which attracted top tier professionals and was televised around the world on Wednesday.In a telephone interview Friday, he was asked whether he was surprised by how things turned out.“Well sure, I mean 850 people and I ended up third — I mean wow,” he said.Wellenbach said most of the players at the table had a team of people supporting them through the live television feed. With a half-hour delay in the feed, they were able to report back on the hands and how everybody was playing, he said.He eventually received help in devising strategy from top player Igor Kurganov, which made an immense difference, he said.“Before that all I had was my friends back in Nova Scotia, who would email me constantly on what other people were playing against me and how they were perceiving me. I felt like it was a whole team approach and I felt like I was playing for the province of Nova Scotia really.”Wellenbach believes his age also gave him an advantage, because younger players perceive older players as conservative. He said he learned to play more aggressively from his younger poker friends in Halifax.“I don’t play in a stereotypical fashion for my age. I think a lot of the success I had in the tournament was the other guys or women would have a hard time figuring out how I was playing, what I was doing.”Wellenbach said he has no idea how much he’s won playing poker over the years, but estimates it is now more than $1-million. He enters the big tournaments through playing for packaged tour events, such as the one in the Bahamas, online.In 2017, he won $92,000 at an event in Barcelona — money that went to a Buddhist nunnery in Nepal.He said he has supported various organizations in the past ranging from Oxfam to Doctors Without Borders and Amnesty International, but says the majority of his philanthropy has gone toward “Buddhist endeavours.”Wellenbach said his particular focus now is charities that support the education and well-being of young girls and women.“Women I think tend to be more caring than us men by-and-large, and so if through providing means for women to become better educated — if that allows women to assume positions of significance in this world, I think we all would be better off,” he said.Wellenbach said he hasn’t decided where his latest windfall will go, adding that “my inbox is full of proposals.”At this point, he’s not sure on exactly when he’ll get his money.“It will be February at the earliest and maybe even later before I really make a decision. And maybe it won’t go to just one place this time, because frankly this is a significantly greater amount of money than I’ve ever been able to win in the past.”A native of Philadelphia, Pa., Wellenbach has been fascinated by poker since the age of eight.He said his family would spend summers on the New Jersey shore and he got his first exposure to the card game when he was allowed to watch the young lifeguards, who would play in their storage hut on rainy days when the beach was closed.A good student, the interest followed him through school and through his conversion to Buddhism and his work translating Buddhist teachings from Sanskrit and Tibetan. It’s work he’s been doing since moving to Halifax in 1986.Wellenbach said he will likely be entering online contests again for another chance at poker riches.“I’m addicted to this,” he said. “It was an amazing outcome, no question.”Keith Doucette, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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US Federal Court judge denies Standing Rock Sioux Tribe request to stop

first_imgAPTN National NewsA U.S. Federal Court judge on Friday denied the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s request for an injunction to stop the four-state Dakota Access Pipeline.Thousands are gathered on the North Dakota side of the Standing Rock reservation in anticipation of the Friday ruling.It has become one of the largest gatherings of Native Americans in the U.S. over the past century.The Tribe has argued the pipeline threatens the tribe’s sole water source and will destroy burial grounds and sacred sites.-More to comelast_img read more

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Moroccan F16 Warplane Goes Missing in Yemen

Rabat – A Moroccan F-16 jet-fighter that is taking part in the Saudi-led coalition against the Houtis in Yemen has gone missing on Sunday, the Moroccan Royal Armed Forces said in a statement. The warplane was hit at 6 pm local time, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP). It is unclear whether the pilot has ejected himself form the jet. A pilot of the same squadron could not confirm if the pilot ejected himself from the warplane, the communique added, according to MAP. An investigation is underway, the same source added.Morocco is among the countries participating in the military campaign against the Houthi rebels, a Shia group supported by Iran.Since the first day of the bombardment, which started on March 26, Rabat was among the first countries to express its solidarity with Saudi Arabia. read more

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It Will Not be Peaceful For Metta In OKC

James Harden and Metta World Peace will meet again tonight.Tonight will not be so pleasant for Metta World Peace in Oklahoma City.  And he does not plan to make it any easier.Instead of showing remorse about violently elbowing Oklahoma City’s James Harden three weeks ago – an act that earned the Los Angeles Lakers’ forward a seven-game suspension – the former Ron Artest said he will not offer an apologetic handshake to Harden.That only will make the booing he will hear every time he touches the ball.Why won’t he show more contrition?“I don’t shake hands with substitutes,” he said.Harden, who won the league’s Sixth Man of the Year Award last week,  was not fazed. “I’m not worried about him or what he has to say,” Harden said.World Peace told reporters that mebers of the Thunder intentionally ignore the pre-game ritual of players shaking hands as a sign of mutual respect. “I shake everybody’s hand before the game, but Oklahoma City, they don’t shake hands … Kendrick Perkins and now (Russell) Westbrook don’t shake hands either.”Lakers captain Kobe Bryant admitted the OKC fans will use the situation as motivation. “The crowd is obviously going to have a field day with that (World Peace’s return). I’m sure their players will generate some type of energy from it. For us, we just got to keep our poise and do what we do.” read more

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Shamima Begums baby is British and could return to the UK say

Begum, 19, was told yesterday Home Secretary Sajid Javid had decided to strip her of her British citizenship, four years after she fled the UK to join ISIL in Syria and marry a Dutch-born Isil fighter. As a result, she will be banned from Britain as her return would “not be conducive to the public good”, a move that could only be taken because the Home Office claims she has dual British-Bangladesh nationality due to her parents being from Bangladesh. The newborn baby of Shamima Begum is a British citizen and could return to the UK despite the teenage mother losing her citizenship over her support for the terror group  Isil, according to lawyers. Without dual nationality, it is illegal under international… read more

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The Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance

first_imgIn June 2006, representatives of mining companies, trade associations, retail jewellers and NGOs met in Vancouver, Canada to discuss the potential development of responsible mining performance standards and a system to independently ensure compliance with them. The Vancouver Dialogue meeting was the culmination of a more informal series of prior meetings among a limited number of companies and NGOs. The Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) was created as a result of the Vancouver Dialogue.Participants in the Vancouver Dialogue expressed support for an independent, third party assurance system which would ensure that mines operate in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. Recognizing the need for such a system, they agreed on the following goals:The IRMA will outline a system to independently assure conformance to a clear set of performance standards which will demonstrate to communities, governments, consumers, and the public that a mine has been developed and operated in a responsible mannerThe IRMA will draw upon and be guided by other distinct, but complementary, efforts that have been completed or are underway within the mining sector and other sectors, such as the ICMM and its principles for sustainable development, the Framework for Responsible Mining, the Mining Certification Evaluation Project, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the Council for Responsible Jewellery Practices Code, and the International Cyanide Management CodeThe IRMA process will be fully transparent to all stakeholdersThe IRMA will be led by a broadly-based multi-sector group.An IRMA Co-ordinating Committee (RCC) was established to co-ordinate the affairs of the Initiative. The RCC was tasked with finalizing the Vision and Mission Statements developed during the Dialogue as follows:Vision – Mining will be consistent with healthy communities and environments, andleave positive legacies.Mission – To develop a multi-stakeholder generated and supported assurance programme for environmentally and socially responsible mining that:Is independently verifiableEnsures the fair and equitable distribution of benefits to communities (including First Nations and indigenous peoples), while respecting and protecting their rightsResponds effectively to potentially negative impacts to the environment, health, safety, and cultureEnhances shareholder value.The IRMA intends to build upon a number of activities, initiatives, processes and projects, which preceded the Vancouver Dialogue. These resulted in tools that can be used in the establishment of an assurance process, which could create value for mineral product companies, their shareholders, and other stakeholders. Yet none of them are sufficient to stand alone as a basis for a comprehensive programme/system for assurance at a mine site level.IRMA Participants felt that a robust assurance system that effectively and efficiently measured compliance against an agreed set of performance standards would result in genuine added value. The Participants represent a wide range of NGO, community, retail, and industry perspectives. IRMA seeks to be open to participation from companies and stakeholders with direct involvement in these issues. While wanting to be inclusive, participants also recognize that a process needs to be established to review and approve potential participants based on consistent criteria. Therefore the IRMA Coordinating Committee will seek to develop and establish just such a process. The group noted that regional realities – specifically those in the North and South – will need to be considered, and geographic balance should be sought in future discussions. Given the differences and sensitivities inherent in diverse geographies, the development and application of standards should be undertaken with an eye toward adaptability to the regional or local context.If the IRMA is to be successful and create value for its stakeholders, it must achieve outcomes that can be supported by all stakeholders, and to that end, the Participants agreed to work within the spirit of a set of principles described below. The RCC will operate within the same spirit.Although Participants may disagree with elements of the outcomes, the goal is to achieve at least a critical mass of players needed to advance to the next step. Participants may also agree to disagree on some decisions. In such cases, the reasons for disagreement and possible ways forward shall be identified in an effort to build critical mass. Participants will recognize and seek to follow the following principles:· Each Participant has an obligation to engage in a constructive manner by:Fully exploring issues and searching for mutually acceptable solutions in a problem-solving atmosphereArticulating interests, proposing alternatives, listening to proposals and endeavouring to build agreements.Each Participant has the right to expect:Adequate time and opportunity to become informed and to discuss issues as appropriate to their relative complexity and importanceA transparent articulation of areas of agreement and disagreementReasonable and timely opportunity to review and comment on draft outputs and substantive decisions of the IRMA. All documents and other outputs will be considered drafts until each participant has had a reasonable opportunity to consult with her/his constituenciesRespect by other Participants of his/her opinions and the right to be heard.When unable to convey support of an outcome by the home constituency, a participant has an obligation to:Explain how the issue is of importance to that constituency whom she/he representsDescribe how that constituency would be adversely impactedSuggest an alternative that takes into account the interests of other constituentsPrior to reaching an agreement, all Participants collectively will have the obligation to review the draft agreement with their “constituency”All discussions on a possible outcome package are tentative until:agreement by a critical mass is reached, including the possibility that a critical mass of participants come to the conclusion that agreement is only possible on some itemsor a conclusion that agreement by a critical mass cannot be reached.In order to meet the needs of all stakeholders (i.e. mining companies, trade associations, labour, NGOs and civil society groups, communities, retailers, investors and insurers, governments, and others) such a system should:Be designed in a straightforward and open manner, (i.e. so that all stakeholders have the information they need to make decisions about sourcing, investing, regulatory approval, sanctioning, etc.)Include “certification” standards – establish measurable, leading edge best practices against which performance can be measured and independently verifiedAllow for ”continuous improvement” – create incentives for and recognition of improved performance at existing mines that are on a pathway toward certification, or those that may never achieve a certification standard (but where improvement is possible)Create a transparent reporting system.The RCC was established to co-ordinate the affairs of IRMA, including its management and administration. The initial membership of the Committee was agreed during the June meeting as follows:Three members from a mining industry perspective: Mick Roche (BHP Billiton), Dave Baker (Newmont), and Anne Marie Fleury (ICMM)Four members from an NGO and community perspective: Steve D’Esposito (Earthworks), Marta Miranda (WWF) and two remaining community or NGO representatives still to be identifiedThree members from a jewellery retail perspective: Dee Breazeale (Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club), Michael Rae (CRJP) and Rob Headley (Tiffany & Co).The Participants expect that the organizational structure will be developed and operated with a view to keeping it as simple and flexible as possible.Working groups may be established by the RCC utilizing the following criteria:The task, membership, and timeline of these working groups should be clearly identified at the time they are established. When they have completed their mandate they will be dissolvedThose invited to serve on working groups may be persons other than the initial IRMA ParticipantsWorking groups shall inform and support the work of the RCC, and the Participants. The purpose of the working groups is not to reach decisions, but to facilitate decision-making by the RCC and the IRMA by providing information that may include options and recommendations. At the June IRMA meeting, the Participants provided the RCC with a list of initial tasks and guidance to finalize an organizational plan for the IRMA and operating procedures for the RCC, and develop a work plan for the activities to be undertaken within the IRMA.Participants at the June IRMA meeting agreed that:The development of standards will require consideration of underlying issues that reflect diverse and sometimes conflicting interestsThere is sufficient background material on many key environmental, social, and governance issues to begin establishing a “core” set of standards for “responsible” miningNot all issues have been sufficiently considered, researched, analyzed or tested to enable the development of a draft standard immediately.As a starting point, participants discussed the following issues and agreed that IRMA will seek to write a standard for each issue (listed here in no particular order of importance).· Transparency of revenue and payments· Government capacity to monitor/ oversee mine sites· Territorial/indigenous peoples’ rights/access to land· Free prior, and informed consent of communities· Community capacity to engage effectively/consultation· Child labor/human rights· Involuntary resettlement· Artisanal mining· Loss of livelihood· Legacy sites· Reporting/Information disclosure at mine site· Protected areas· Biodiversity protection· Perpetual water treatment· Financial surety and assured closure plans· By-product stewardship and management· Riverine tailings disposal· Submarine tailings disposal· Shallow marine tailings disposal· Emission discharge controlsThe RCC has been mandated to continue its work until July 1, 2007 at which timeprogress toward achieving the above-mentioned goals will be reviewed. At this time, theParticipants will determine whether the IRMA should continue, based on a review of its effectiveness in the preceding 12 months.last_img read more

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Reilly wont be forced to give more details on primary care criteria

first_imgHEALTH MINISTER James Reilly will not be forced to offer extra information on the criteria he used to compile a final list of towns being considered for new primary care centres.The Dáil chairman, Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett, says Reilly has fulfilled his requirements under Dáil rules to answer parliamentary questions put to him by Sinn Féin’s health spokesman Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin.Dáil rules require ministers to address “each and every request for information” made by any TD in the course of a parliamentary question, but not to specifically answer each question.Barrett had upheld a complaint from Ó Caoláin, who complained that his own parliamentary questions – which asked Reilly “detail the exact criteria which were used to identify the 35 priority primary care centres” – had not been fully answered.In a statement this evening, the Oireachtas said Barrett had upheld the complaint because Reilly had not responded to one part of the question.“The Ceann Comhairle examined the Minister’s reply and found that it had failed to address the request for information in relation to the final list of 35 centres only,” the statement said.This was communicated to both Reilly and Ó Caoláin on Wednesday, leading Reilly to issue a further response naming the 35 towns on the final shortlist.An examination of Ó Caoláin’s questions, however, shows Ó Caoláin did not explicitly ask for the list of 35 towns – and openly referenced the fact that the final list of 35 centres had been announced in mid-July.Though Ó Caoláin also asked for the full list of 200 centres, from which the final 35 had been selected, Barrett said Reilly’s response – that “it was not proposed to publish the list at this time” – was a sufficient response as far as Dáil rules were concerned.Barrett said he believed this correspondence fulfilled Reilly’s requirements, and that therefore no further complaint could be made against him.“The Ceann Comhairle is satisfied that the Minister has discharged his obligations under Standing Order 40A,” he said.The Oireachtas statement said Barrett had wanted to put some facts on the record “in the interest of ensuring that the Office of Ceann Comhairle does not become involved in controversy of a party political nature”.Read: Kenny pressed to publish all documents on primary care site selectionlast_img read more

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Glissement de terrain en Colombie déjà 20 corps retrouvés

first_imgGlissement de terrain en Colombie : déjà 20 corps retrouvésLe nombre de victimes du glissement de terrain survenu dimanche dans la région de Medellin,  en Colombie, est actuellement de 20. Un chiffre qui pourrait s’alourdir au fur et à mesure du travail des secouristes, plus d’une centaine de personnes étant toujours portées disparues.C’est à mains nues – sans doute pour éviter de blesser d’éventuels survivants – et aidés de chiens renifleurs que les sauveteurs fouillent les dizaines de maisons de Bello, dans la banlieue de Medellin (nord-ouest de la Colombie), ensevelies dimanche par un glissement de terrain. Selon le ministre de l’Intérieur German Vargas, 4 victimes sont venues s’ajouter aux 16 dont faisait état hier matin le maire de la localité. Plus de 100 personnes sont toujours portées disparues.Provoqué par des semaines de pluies torrentielles, le glissement de terrain s’est produit dans le quartier de La Gabriela. Plusieurs familles ont été relogées dans des refuges, tandis que d’autres ont quitté le secteur par crainte d’une nouvelle catastrophe. Le président Juan Manuel Santos a indiqué que le gouvernement envisageait de déclarer l’état d’urgence.Le 7 décembre 2010 à 11:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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