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Dalit woman murder: Suspects sketch released

first_imgThiruvananthapuram/Kochi, May 4 (PTI) A sketch of the suspect in the brutal rape and murder of 30-year old Dalit woman in Kerala was released by police today even as a postmortem revealed 38 big and small wounds on her body. No arrests have been made so far in connection with the murder of the woman, a law student, in her small wayside house in Perumbavoor on April 28, though three persons have been picked up for questioning. The shocking incident also had its echo in Rajya Sabha with members demanding exemplary punishment for the culprits while the state government assured stern action. On the investigation side, Police released a sketch of a suspect while the post-mortem conducted at Alapuzha Medical College Hospital confirmed that she was subjected to brutal torture and rape and her body bore 38 wounds big and small. With the incident snowballing into an embarrassment for the state which is in the midst of campaign for May 16 assembly elections, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Opposition leader V S Achutanandan visited the mother of the victim at Perumbavoor Taluk Hospital. While Chandy dismissed reports that the case had weakened following the delay in arresting the culprits, he assured that government would spare no efforts in bringing the culprits to book. The government later in the day announced a solatium of Rs 10 lakh to the family of the woman, who was found brutally murdered at her house in Perumbavoor. A government job will also be provided to the sister of the woman, an official press release said. CPI(M) veteran V S Achutanandan attacked the government and demanded that a new probe team be constituted. BJP state president Kummanam Rajasekharan criticised the government over the delay in the arrest of the accused. Kerala State Commission for SC/ST has taken up the matter while the state Human Rights Commission has said the crime branch should investigate the case. In the RajyaSabha, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien described the incident as “most shameful for every Keralite” while the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said it had “crossed all limits and was inhuman”. Social Justice Minister, Thawar Chand Gehlot, said he will be visiting Perumbavoor tomorrow to meet the victims mother and younger sister and “help them in getting justice”. National Womens Commission member, Rekha sharma, who visited the victims mother today, said “a 30-year-old woman if she is not secure in her own house, where is she secure? “If the streets are not secure, even the house is not secure for girls, where will they go?” she asked. PTI TEAM TGB UD VS GSN GSNadvertisementlast_img read more

Jeep deal makes Juventus shirts worth more than $100 million

first_imgThe new deal brings the Jeep sponsorship to 42 million euros per year, which could become 46 million with bonuses. That comes after brand sponsor Adidas in December modified its eight-year deal through 2026-27 for a total of 408 million euros plus bonuses — for a base rate of 51 million euros per season.Also at a shareholders meeting Thursday, Juventus president Andrea Agnelli announced plans to build a new stadium for the club’s women’s team — which is the two-time defending Serie A champion — to share with the Under-23 squad.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical DOJ chief: Not more than 10 freed convicts surrendered after President’s order PLAY LIST 00:54DOJ chief: Not more than 10 freed convicts surrendered after President’s order06:18Of ’tilapia’ and women: More money-making schemes inside Bilibid exposed03:38Cops free arrested Chinese drug lords for as much as P50M – Ex-CIDG chief02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Becoming his own man Juventus’ Paulo Dybala celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League group D soccer match against Lokomotiv Moscow at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. (Andrea Di Marco/ANSA via AP)TURIN, Italy— Juventus will now be making more than $100 million per season from its jersey sponsorships.The club announced a 25 million euro ($28 million) increase annually in sponsorship from Jeep automobiles, which like Juventus is controlled by Exor, the Agnelli family holding company.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES This jewelry designer is also an architect Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Bucks beat Rockets, spoiling Westbrook-Harden reunion Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! View commentslast_img read more

Sony Xperia 10 and 10 Plus will get chin-less display, to get Snapdragon 660 chipset

first_imgSony has been in the limelight as the world expects to see their new XZ4 flagship at the MWC 2019. However, there have been reports of another midrange Sony smartphone expected to be unveiled at the event alongside the XZ4. Dubbed as the Xperia XA3, this is expected to be the first Sony smartphone with virtually no chin but a thick forehead. So far, we have known what the Xperia XA3 will be made of and how much of performance expectations we can have from Sony’s upcoming midrange phone. Now, Sony is expected to change the name if the handset.According to tipster Ishan Agarwal, Sony has changed its mind and decided to go ahead with new names for what was so far known to us as the Xperia XA3. Instead, it is now expected that the Xperia XA3 will be commercially called the Xperia 10. The variant with the larger screen will be called the Xperia 10 Plus. No reason has been given so far regarding the change of the name. It seems that Sony wants to simplify its nomenclature and wants to begin with the midrange Xperia 10 phones.Apart from the new names, another set of leaks from Roland Quandt has given out the renders of the Xperia 10 Plus with a bigger footprint than the standard variant. The Xperia 10 Plus is essentially a bigger version of the Xperia 10 with a larger overall form factor. It retains the same chin-less display as the smaller model. However, the Plus gets a bigger 6.5-inch display with an aspect ratio of 21:9. The forehead remains big and seems to accommodate the earpiece, the sensors and the front camera.advertisement The rear of the Xperia 10 Plus also gets similar treatment as the Xperia 10. The handset sports a clean design possibly made of glass. There’s a horizontally mounted dual camera system at the back. The device will also feature NFC. The renders also show that the handset will feature a USB Type-C port, a loudspeaker at the bottom and a 3.5mm headphone jack at the top.It isn’t known whether Sony will bring the Xperia 10 series to the Indian market. The Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus are rumoured to be powered by a Snapdragon 660 chipset and will come with Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box. Sony could also offer competent camera hardware to give it enough features to stand against other premium smartphones.ALSO READ | Chin-less Sony Xperia XA3 spotted in wild with 21:9 displayALSO READ | Sony XA3 goes quirky with no chin and huge foreheadALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A50 certified by FCC, Galaxy A20 spotted running Android Golast_img read more

L’Art D’Être Mère en Afrique

first_imgPosted on December 22, 2010June 20, 2017By: Carolina Damásio, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Carolina Damásio, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.Scroll down for an English translation of this postE novembro foi o mês que escrevi o projeto que realizarei nos próximos meses no Mali. Com o título “A arte de ser mãe na África “, tem como objetivo geral contribuir com a melhoria da saúde materna entre o grupo das jovens migrantes que trabalham como ajudantes familiares na região de Bamako, Mali, visando uma melhoria nos indicadores de saúde no grupo em questão.Dentre as atividades propostas, além do curso de formação em saúde com as jovens grávidas, desenvolvimento de novas estratégias de comunicação para o grupo, melhoria da comunicação ao nível das ONGs, gravação de vídeo-documentário também serão objetivos do projeto.Escolhi a fotografia como uma das técnicas artísticas a serem utilizadas nos primeiros encontros, como forma de melhorar minha comunicação com as jovens grávidas, visto as barreiras culturais e de língua que enfrentarei durante os encontros. As meninas poderão expressar os seus sonhos, medos, dúvidas e esperanças por meio de fotos tiradas por elas mesmas, sendo a fotografia um forte e universal meio de comunicação…Neste mês de novembro visitei alguns projetos da APAFE, ainda na área da proteção da infância, que procura reinserir crianças e adolescentes na escola. Segue algumas fotos e vídeos das visitas.Junto com duas novas estagiárias da APAF francesas que agora me ajudam no projeto, comecei a selecionar jovens migrantes que procuram a organização para a gravação de vídeos, com as suas histórias de vida e também procurando fazer um resgate das canções de ninar e outros aspectos da cultura local relacionada a gestação, visto o frágil vínculo materno-infantil que parece existir de uma forma geral no Mali. Segue uma entrevista com uma das meninas.No momento estou realizando visitas em outras ONG´s de Bamako que trabalham com as jovens filhas migrantes vítimas de gravidezes indesejadas e fechando parcerias para começar o projeto junto a estas outras organizações também. Ums delas, Bici Mali, oferece em sua estrutura acolhimento para as meninas grávidas e será uma das organizações contempladas com o projeto.Algumas das estatísticas das minhas pesquisas nas últimas semanas sobre a saúde da mulher no Mali:Population : 22 % composé de femmes en âge fertile. Le taux de fécondité présente un taux de 6.6 enfants par femme (chiffres de 2009)Mortalité infantile au niveau mondial (103/1000 bébés nés vivants en 2008)Mortalité maternelle étant encore une cause fréquente parmi les décès féminins, estimée en 2006 à 464/100000 habitantsConformément aux chiffres de 2009 du Ministère de la Santé du Mali, seulement 37% des femmes ont eu une couverture de consultations prénatales effectives40 % des accouchements ont eu lieu sans aucun type d’assistanceL’excision est estimée à 85% en 2009L’âge de la première gestation -18.9 ansLe groupe des adolescentes constitue 21 % des femmes en âge de procréerles chiffres du ministère de la santé montrent que 30 % des jeunes filles (adolescentes) ont au moins un enfant et 5% sont enceintesA l’âge de 17 ans, 4 filles sur 10 ont des enfants The Art of Being a Mother in AfricaNovember was the month I wrote what my project will accomplish in the coming months in Mali. Titled “The Art of being a Mother in Africa,” it aims to contribute to the overall improvement of maternal health among the group of young migrants who work as caregivers in the region of Bamako, Mali, seeking an improvement in health indicators in that group.Among the proposed activities (in addition to on-going training in health with young pregnant women) are developing new communication strategies for the group, improving communication at the NGO level, and a documentary video recording.I chose photography as the artistic technique to use in the first meetings as a way to improve my communication with the young pregnant women because of cultural and language barriers that we face during the meetings. Girls can express their dreams, fears, doubts and hopes through pictures taken by themselves, and the image is a strong and universal means of communication.In November I visited some projects of APAF (the organization of Ashoka Fellow Jacqueline Goïta), still in the area of protecting children, which seeks to reintegrate children and adolescents into school. Here some pictures of the visits.Along with two new interns from the French APAF who now help me in the project, I started selecting young migrants being helped by the organization to record video of their stories of life. I’m looking to revive the use of lullabies and other aspects of local culture related to pregnancy, given the fragile mother-child bond that seems to exist in general in Mali.At the moment I am performing research on other NGOs working in Bamako with the young migrant victims of unwanted pregnancies and closing partnerships to get the project together with these other organizations as well. One of them, Bici Mali, in its structure provides shelter for pregnant girls and will be one of the organizations awarded the project.Some of the statistics of my research in recent weeks about the health of women in Mali:Population: 22% of women are of childbearing age. The fertility rate has a rate of 6.6 children per woman (2009 figures)Infant mortality in the world (103/1000 live births in 2008)Maternal mortality is still a common cause of death among women, estimated in 2006 to 464/100,000 population.According to 2009 figures from the Ministry of Health of Mali, only 37% of women had an effective coverage of antenatal care and 40% of deliveries took place without any kind of assistance.FGM is estimated at 85% in 2009The average age of first pregnancy – 18.9 yearsThe group of girls is 21% of women of childbearing ageFigures from the Ministry of Health show that 30% of young girls (teenagers) have at least one child and 5% were pregnant.At the age of 17 years, 4 out of 10 girls with children.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Gov’t Signs US$15-Million Loan for Energy Efficiency Programme

first_img Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, explained that the sum is the second portion of a joint loan of US$30 million for the roll-out of the EMEP. Story Highlights The Government of Jamaica has signed a US$15-million loan agreement with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the implementation of the Energy Management and Efficiency Programme (EMEP). “The aim is to bolster the Government’s efforts in the areas of energy efficiency and conservation through the design and implementation of measures targeting key Government facilities, as well as fuel conservation in road transportation to reduce the demand for fuel imports,” Minister Shaw said. The Government of Jamaica has signed a US$15-million loan agreement with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the implementation of the Energy Management and Efficiency Programme (EMEP).Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, explained that the sum is the second portion of a joint loan of US$30 million for the roll-out of the EMEP.He noted that the Government signed an agreement with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for the first US$15 million on November 10.He informed that the European Union (EU) is providing US$10 million in grant funding towards the programme, which will be executed over eight years.“The aim is to bolster the Government’s efforts in the areas of energy efficiency and conservation through the design and implementation of measures targeting key Government facilities, as well as fuel conservation in road transportation to reduce the demand for fuel imports,” Minister Shaw said.He was speaking at the signing ceremony held on Thursday (November 23) at the Ministry’s National Heroes Circle offices in Kingston.Senior Vice President, JICA, Shigeru Maeda, in his remarks, said he is pleased with the partnership.“I am very happy to sign the loan agreement… . I believe that this is a good project for energy conservation, which is important for Jamaica. This programme is in accordance with Vision 2030, which is the national development plan of Jamaica and contributes to achieve the outcome in energy security and efficiency. We expect a great synergy effect with this programme,” Mr. Maeda said.EMEP, which is being executed by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) consists of three components.Component one involves retrofitting the Health, Education and Public Agency (HEPA) government facilities. Energy efficiency and conservation measures will be undertaken in 73 HEPAs, including comprehensive retrofitting and installing light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs.Under component two, an Urban Traffic Management System (UTMS) will be implemented in Kingston. This involves installation of a central control platform for traffic monitoring, closed-circuit television cameras, and the training of National Works Agency (NWA) staff.Component three will focus on providing the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology (MSET) with additional expertise.Training will be undertaken to support the implementation of an Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) to guide the development of a modern energy sector in Jamaica; technical experts will be contracted in energy efficiency and demand side management; and technical studies undertaken to support the IRP.last_img read more

Gabbard dropped from Democratic Party presidential debate lineup

first_imgNew York: Tulsi Gabbard, the Hindu aspirant for the Democratic Party nomination for the US presidency, has been dropped by the party from the roster of ten candidates to feature in the next debate, dealing her campaign a setback and dimming its national exposure. Gabbard accused the party leadership of using a process that “lacks transparency” in the decision to drop her from the third national debate on September 12, the line up for which was announced on Thursday. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US While some like New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who did not qualify for the third debate, have dropped out the race for the Democratic Party nomination to challenge President Donald Trump in next year’s election, Gabbard is continuing her campaign. Kamala Harris, the California senator who is of Indian and African-Jamaican descent, has made the cut for the debate, although she is slipping in the polls. The Democratic National Committee (DNC) reduced the number of candidates in the third debate to ten from the 20 in the first two by raising the threshold for participation requiring them to have at least 2 per cent support in four polls and financial contributions from a minimum of 130,000 individuals with at least 400 each from 20 states. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls Gabbard met the financial requirement and got at least 2 per cent in four polls, but the DNC recognised only two of them. In an interview to Fox News on Wednesday, she said, “The DNC has only recognised some of them as being qualifying polls for the debate. The whole thing gets a little bit confusing.” “The bigger problem is that the whole process really lacks transparency,” she said. “A small group of really powerful political elites, the establishment, making decisions that serve their interests, and maintaining that power, while the rest of us are left outside,” she added. Gabbard, has rankled the party establishment with her independent opinions, some shaped by her military service in Iraq. RealClear Politics (RCP), an authoritative source for tracking electoral politics, in its latest aggregation of various national polls puts former Vice President Joe Biden at the top with 28.9 per cent support, followed by Senators Bernie Sanders at 17.1 per cent, Elizabeth Warren at 16.5 percent and Harris at 7 per cent. In RCP’s ranking, Gabbard comes ninth with 1.4 per cent. But the DNC recognised and moved up former Housing Secretary Julian Castro, whose average was only 1.1 percent and meeting the 2 percent threshold in only 2 polls, and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, who got only 0.9 per cent average in the RCP average of polls, ahead of her using a different criterion that takes into account certain state-level polls. Gabbard’s has also had to contend with Google undercutting her campaign by suspending her ads at a crucial time when interest in her candidacy was soaring after the first debate. She is suing the company in a federal court for $50 million for damaging her campaign and asking it stop Google “from further intermeddling” in the 2020 election, in effect censoring her. Google denied the accusation and claimed the suspension was done automatically because her ad spending increased. Gabbard, who is not of Indian descent but a Hindu, is a member of the House of Representatives from Hawaii. She is a major in the Army National Guard, which is broadly like the territorial army, and has served on the war front in Iraq. In the middle of the campaign, she was called to active duty for two weeks this month. Drawing on her personal experience of war, she opposes interventions abroad by the US. She has been criticised for her opposition to bombings in Syria and for meeting that country’s leader Bashar al-Assad. On domestic policies she veers left supporting universal health care and restrictions on corporations. Although she is now running against Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, she backed him against Hillary Clinton in the 2016 primaries and resigned as a vice chair of the DNC to endorse him. She has suffered from Hinduphobia and attacked as a “Hindu nationalist.” In January she wrote in an article for Religious News Service that “some media outlets have chosen to craft a false narrative” of characterising her and her supporters as “Hindu Nationalists” and “targeting and profiling them.” She wrote that she was branded a “Hindu Nationalist” for meeting Modi even though others like former President Barack Obama, President Donald Trump, Clinton and some members of Congress have also met him. She added, “To question my commitment to my country, while not questioning non-Hindu leaders, creates a double standard that can be rooted in only one thing: religious bigotry. I am Hindu and they are not.” Harris, who scored as high as 20 per cent in the polls after the first debate in June, has now slid to 7 per cent. She has been criticised for her role as a strict prosecutor in California before becoming a senator and for changing her position on allowing private health insurance companies to operate.last_img read more

Matthew Morrison To Support Human Rights Campaign With New Album

first_imgEMMY, TONY, and Golden Globe-nominated star Matthew Morrison is proud to announce that he is partnering with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) in support of LGBT equality.Video: Matthew Morrison for HRC’s Americans for Marriage EqualityPartial proceeds from the pre-sale of his new studio album, Where It All Began, will benefit HRC. The album, which will be released on June 4, 2013, features an assortment of classic standards, many of which were first made famous in Broadway musicals. Morrison turned to legendary producer Phil Ramone, along with GRAMMY Award-winning producer Gregg Field, to create the 12 songs featured on Where It All Began. The record marks the first release from 222 Records, the newly formed label from Adam Levine. Place your pre-order of Where It All Began now, on, and 222 Records in partnership with Matthew Morrison will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Human Rights Campaign.“I’m thrilled to join HRC in their vital work to bring full equality to all Americans,” said Matthew Morrison. “At this decisive moment, when there is so much work still ahead, I’m standing with HRC and LGBT people across the country until this fight is won.”Matthew has used his platform to publicly support LGBT equality and today released a video for HRC’s Americans for Marriage Equality. The public engagement campaign features prominent Americans who support committed gay and lesbian couples getting married. The campaign draws from a cadre of supportive professional athletes, film and music celebrities, and political and civic leaders.“It was so great working with Matthew on Where It All Began. He is an amazing artist and we are longtime friends,” said Adam Levine. “We’re both huge supporters of the LGBT community and I’m glad that partial proceeds from the pre-sale of this album will go toward such a great cause.”“Not only is Matthew a brilliant musical talent, but perhaps more importantly he is a fantastic human being,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “His support for equality at this critical time in our nation’s history is something that is important to all fair minded Americans.”last_img read more

Attawapiskat also facing health crisis residents

first_imgAPTN National NewsHousing conditions on Attawapiskat are capturing the headlines.But the sad truth is there are many challenges that the community faces.As APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin found out in Attawapiskat, many are struggling daily just to stay alive.last_img

Tears 4 Justice Walk in BC rolls into Smithers

first_img(Tears 4 Justice walkers leave Moricetown, B.C. and head south towards Smithers where the MMIWG Inquiry starts up Tuesday. Photo: John Murray/APTN)John Murray APTN National News Surrounded by autumn colours and mountain-side mist, people gathered for the Tears 4 Justice Walk to honour and recognize those who are missed and gone, and make the journey from Moricetown, B.C. south to Smithers where the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is holding three days of hearings.Gladys Radek, whose niece Tamara Chipman, 22, vanished in 2005 along Hwy 16, continues a walk that she has done for the last seven years.“We all walked for this national public inquiry,” she told the gathered crowd. “We would not stop walking until we got our national public inquiry.”Following a ceremony and reflection, walkers left Moricetown, B.C, accompanied by commissioner Michele Audette.The walkers split the seven-hour walking journey into sections – different groups covered the walk along Hwy 16, also known as the Highway of Tears because of the number of Indigenous women who have gone missing or have been murdered, to Smithers.“There are many families that will be in Smithers this week and we need to pray for them, we need to send them love, send them strength, and give them all the energy they need because they are making history this week,” said Audette.“They are writing a new chapter for Canada.”(Rhonda Lee McIsaac came from Haida Gwaii to join the walk. Photo: John Murray/APTN)People from across Canada travelled to join the walk.Rhonda Lee McIsaac, an Anishinaabe woman living in Haida Gwaii, felt her presence was necessary.She also felt strongly about wearing her jingle dress.“My teachings simply say that when the dress is needed, when this medicine is needed, this is why I am walking,” she said. “There are other people who cannot walk so I am walking for them.“It is an honour to be responsible to carry those teachings and to actually live those teachings, and infuse this dress with the power of other people.”Chief Commissioner Marion Buller joined the walkers for the last hour of the walk into Smithers.Radek warned those gathered that the inquiry won’t satisfy everyone.“It might not be the answer for everybody, but it is the answer for somebody,” she said. “All of our families need answers.”The hearings in Smithers starts Tuesday.Contact John here: jmurray@aptn.calast_img read more

If you want your child to become chowkidar vote for Modi Kejriwal

first_imgNew Delhi: Taking a dig at BJP’s ‘Main Bhi Chowkidar’ campaign, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal said Wednesday that if people want their children to become watchmen, they should vote for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. And if they want good education, they should vote for Aam Aadmi Party, he said. Kejriwal, in a tweet in Hindi, said Modi wants the whole country try to become ‘chowkidar’ (watchman). “If people want their children to become chowkidar, they should vote for Modi but if they want their child to get good education and become doctor, engineer or lawyer, they should vote for AAP,” he said in his tweet in Hindi. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder On Saturday, Modi had urged his supporters to take the ‘Main Bhi Chowkidar’ (I too am watchman) pledge, saying he is not alone in the fight against graft and social evils. Since then, the BJP has stepped up its ‘Main Bhi Chowkidar’ campaign with the prime minister and other party leaders, including its president Amit Shah, prefixing the word ‘chowkidar’ to their names in their Twitter profiles as they sought people’s support in the Lok Sabha elections.last_img read more

Adverse effects of shrimp fishing need to be addressed warns UN report

17 February 2009A new United Nations report released today urged countries to increase efforts to halt the economic and environmental threats posed by shrimp fishing, a major source of income for many developing countries. Rampant overfishing, harmful trawling practices and poor management of fishing sites are causing significant damage to seabeds and endangering important fish stocks, warned the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report.Shrimps and prawns are among the most important internationally-traded fishery products, with a value of $10 billion, or 16 per cent of global industrial fishing exports, and shrimp fisheries generate substantial economic benefits, especially for many developing countries.The Global Study of Shrimp Fisheries reviews current problems and solutions of shrimp fishing in ten countries: Australia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Kuwait, Madagascar, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Trinidad and Tobago and the United States.“For millions of poor vulnerable households, shrimp fishing is an important source of cash and employment,” said Jeremy Turner, Chief of the FAO Fishing Technology Service.“But shrimp fishing is also associated with overfishing, capture of juveniles of ecologically important and economically valuable species, coastal habitat degradation, illegal trawling, the destruction of seagrass beds and conflicts between artisanal and industrial fisheries,” added Mr. Turner.Trawling in tropical regions can result in large amounts of unwanted catch that is either discarded or kept on board, further threatening endangered species and already heavily exploited fish stocks. Bycatch often includes juveniles of important commercial fish species, such as cod, rockfish, red snapper, croaker, king mackerel, Spanish mackerel and weakfish, as well as sea turtles.FAO estimates that shrimp trawl fisheries are the single greatest source of bycatch, accounting for over 27 per cent or 1.86 million tons of discarded fish.The report recommends that bycatch reduction efforts should focus on medium and large-scale shrimp fisheries, where significant cutbacks have already been achieved by applying modifications to fishing gear, catch quotas, discard bans and improvements in bycatch handling and marketing.Many of the problems caused by shrimp fishing can also be mitigated by promoting sustainable, fishing management schemes, reducing fishing capacity and addressing the issue of open access according to Mr. Turner.The report cites Australia’s prawn fisheries and some cold-water shrimp fisheries as some of the best managed in the world, based on fishers’ participation, managed bycatch, reduced discards and the use of property rights in management. The report also urges countries to make agencies more effective and to provide legislation protecting access to fisheries. read more

Markets update at midmorning

On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 17.48 points to 15,219.58, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 17.70 points to 21,981.62. The S&P 500 index was down 8.35 points to 2,468.00 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 38.95 points to 6,323.99.The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.54 cents US, down from Tuesday’s average price of 79.91 cents US.The September crude contract was down 30 cents to US$48.86 per barrel and the September natural gas contract was unchanged at US$2.82 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down $2.80 to US$1,276.60 an ounce and the September copper contract was down one cent to US$2.87 a pound. read more

UN summit meeting in 2005 to review progress towards global antipoverty goals

Unanimously adopting a resolution on the format and organization of its work from late June through mid-September, the Assembly agreed that a High-Level Millennium review would be held from 14 to 16 September, and include the same format of debates and roundtable discussions of the 2000 Millennium Summit. At that meeting four years ago, world leaders adopted the Millennium Declaration that provided a blueprint to build a better and safer world for the next century through collective security and a global partnership for development. The MDGs themselves aim at a series of ambitious targets, ranging from halving extreme poverty, to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS, to providing universal primary education, all by 2015. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a report last month unveiling his ideas for the five-year review summit that the decisions to be taken at the meeting “may determine the whole future of the United Nations.” He added: “Even more important, they will offer us our best – perhaps our only – chance to ensure a safer, more just and more prosperous world in the new century, not only for our own sakes but for those of our children and grandchildren.” The Assembly also decided to hold a High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development as a follow-up to the 2002 UN International Conference on Financing for Development, which was held in Monterrey, Mexico. The session would convene from 27 and 28 June 2005 in New York immediately prior to the ministerial segment of the 2005 substantive session of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in order for the Dialogue’s recommendations to be considered during the preparatory process for the Millennium review. For its sixtieth session, the Assembly scheduled its traditional general debate – which attracts heads of State and government from across the planet – for 17 September to 23 September, and 26 September to 28 September 2005 on the understanding that those arrangements in no way created a precedent for future sessions. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,669.04 up 21.14 points):Connacher Oil and Gas Ltd. (TSX:CLL). Oil and gas. Down eight cents, or 24.62 per cent, at 24.5 cents on 9.36 million shares. The energy sector slipped 0.51 per cent to 254.15 points as the price of crude oil dipped 15 cents US to $104.55 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.Uranium One Inc. (TSX:UUU). Miner. Unchanged at $2.72 on 9.24 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Transportation equipment. Up 16 cents, or 3.27 per cent, at $5.06 on 7.25 million shares. Its transportation subsidiary won a US$383 million contract to help deliver technology for a transit system in Saudi Arabia.Energizer Resources Inc. (TSX:EGZ). Mine explorer. Up 16.5 cents, or 150 per cent, at 27.5 cents on 7.18 million shares. The Toronto-based company’s shares soared after it tested greater than 99.9 per cent graphitic carbon on a purification test from its Molo flake graphite deposit in Madagascar.Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ). Oil and gas. Down 23 cents, or 0.71 per cent, at $31.97 on 3.15 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (924.69 down 0.60 point):Alberta Oilsands Inc. (TSXV:AOS). Oilsands explorer. Up half a cents, or 3.57 per cent, at 14.5 cents on 8.68 million shares.ArPetrol Ltd. (TSXV:RPT). Oil and gas exploration. Unchanged at half a cent on 5.82 million shares.Company reporting major news:Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC). Retail. Up 96 cents, or 5.82 per cent, at $17.45 on 1.10 million shares after announcing it will buy U.S. luxury retailer Saks in a US$2.9-billion friendly deal. Canada’s oldest retailer said it will open up to seven full-line Saks stores in Canada, about two dozen locations under a discount banner and is eyeing the possibility of starting a real estate investment trust.Turquoise Hill Resources (TSX:TRQ). Down $1.07, or 19.63 per cent, at $1.96 million shares. The mining company is expecting a delay in developing its Oyu Tolgoi copper project in Mongolia due to the government’s financing process. The company formerly known as Ivanhoe Mines said it continues to work toward finalizing project financing, and says that operations of the open-pit mine will continue.Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (TSX:VRX). Phamarceutical. Down 34 cents, or 0.36 per cent, at $94.06 on 421,763 shares. The Canadian drugmaker will cut as much as 15 per cent of its work force, which is between 1,850 and 2,775 people companywide. It will also move Bausch + Lomb’s headquarters to New Jersey as part of its $8.7 billion acquisition. by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 29, 2013 5:33 pm MDT Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Seánie Willie and Pat Morning in the dock for three wise men

first_imgTHERE WAS NO early morning arrests, no Garda vans escorting them to the court. Not like last time.This time these three former bankers had to wait outside court number one just like everyone else before proceedings got under way at the Courts of Criminal Justice yesterday morning.It was just before 10.30am and Anglo Irish Bank’s former chairman and CEO Seán FitzPatrick, former finance director Willie McAteer and former MD of Irish operations Patrick Whelan were huddled with their respective loved ones and legal teams.Dark suits were the order of the day, all three dressed in them. FitzPatrick wore a bright pink tie, McAteer opted for a light blue number while Whelan opted for the open neck shirt.The men did not speak to each other, nor did they sit together as they waited to be called before Judge Cormac Dunne who first heard a number of other cases, mainly for smaller offences, once proceedings got under way.By contrast to those cases these three men stand accused of providing unlawful financial assistance to 16 individuals in an attempt to prop up the share price of a bank that was once considered one of the world’s best and now no longer exists.At least in name. Not so much in debt. The debt is still there. We all know about the debt.McAteer accompanied by his wife Maria at Dublin District Court yesterday (Julien Behal/PA Wire)Just after 11am the trio – Seánie, Willie and Pat – were called to the dock and shuffled in, sitting tightly together on the short bench, Seánie in the middle with his arms crossed, his stone-faced complexion a little red.That famous cheeky grin is now extinct it would seem.In what seemed to be a show of strength, officials from the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation and the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement attempted to deliver the books of evidence box-by-box to the men in the dock.There were nine in total – three boxes for each of the accused – with big A4 ring binders inside. As they laid the boxes beside the defendants, the nearest one – McAteer – smiled but beside him FitzPatrick appeared less than pleased.The judge halted the move, questioning the sense of it all and the box-by-box delivery stopped.The hearing was short, no more than ten minutes and the formalities were completed in silence before the judge informed the three men that if they wanted to rely on alibis in their defence they must notify the authorities and the prosecution.The three nodded to indicate they understood.Whelan’s solicitor asked that her client’s bail terms be suspended during any period of travel where prior notification has been given and the judge agreed to this.Whelan leaves Dublin District Court yesterday (Julien Behal/PA Wire)The case was sent for trial at the Circuit Criminal Court where it will be mentioned at some point before Christmas. When it will go to a trial before a judge and jury is less clear.The three men then left the court to sign their bail bonds, another formality, as journalists left the court to await their emergence outside, the cameras lying in wait.Waiting too was a man with a letter that he wanted to give to FitzPatrick as well as ask him two questions. The Gardaí put a stop to this man’s attempts to deliver his letter before FitzPatrick emerged to the waiting media pack.With legal counsel Michael Staines and a Garda escort he made his way to a nearby taxi.Unbeknownst to most of the waiting journalists and photographers, McAteer slipped out too, into the taxi in front of FitzPatrick’s with minimum fuss as the media pack chased Seánie.Later Whelan emerged too, completing the exit of the three wise men of Anglo who are on a journey that has only just begun.Comments are disabled as court proceedings are active. Video: Seán FitzPatrick leaves court after case sent for trialYesterday: FitzPatrick and two other former Anglo execs sent forward for trialPreviously: A nice tan but no cheeky grin from Seánie on his day in courtlast_img read more

Tempête Xynthia Le bilan en France porté à 45 morts

first_imgTempête Xynthia : Le bilan en France porté à 45 mortsLe bilan ne cesse de s’alourdir. La tempête qui a traversé le pays depuis hier a entraîné la mort de nombreux français et semé la désolation.45 morts, des dizaines de blessés, un million de foyers privés d’électricité, les conséquences de la tempête Xynthia sont catastrophiques. Le porte-parole de la sécurité civile n’en revient pas. Il déclare à l’AFP: “le bilan évolue de minute en minute avec l’avancée des recherches et est susceptible de s’alourdir avec nos reconnaissances plus en avant à l’intérieur des terres dans les maisons, dans les parkings”. Xynthia a quitté la France en fin d’après-midi se déplaçant vers le Benelux et l’Allemagne, mais les pompiers continuent d’intervenir partout à travers le pays. Au total, ils ont procédé à plus de 25 000 interventions. Interrogé par Ouest France, Hubert Dreveton, chef prévisionniste de Météo france a expliqué les causes de la tempête: “Les tempêtes sont assez habituelles en février sur la France, mais celle-là est d’une ampleur et d’une intensité très au-dessus de ce qu’on observe habituellement. Ces tempêtes s’expliquent par la conjonction d’un courant-jet (jet stream en anglais) en haute altitude, avec des vents d’ouest rapides et très forts, et d’une masse d’air chaud en basse couche, dans les 1500 premiers mètres de l’atmosphère. L’interaction entre les vents d’altitude et les anomalies chaudes en basse couche entraîne un creusement, c’est à dire une baisse de la pression, et la formation d’une dépression”.Le 28 février 2010 à 20:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

McLaren announces plans for a new grand touring model in Geneva

first_imgEnlarge ImageOur first glance at McLaren’s next model, which aims to take on the greatest GT cars. McLaren McLaren used its Geneva Motor Show press conference Tuesday to announce that the British company will build a new “Grand Tourer” model. The GT’s name has yet to be revealed, but McLaren did show a heavily camouflaged photo of the car.The fourth car to debut under McLaren’s so-called Track25 business plan, the new grand tourer will not be part of one of the company’s existing model ranges. Instead, McLaren describes it as a “unique, tailored model” that, while still a high-performance mid-engined machine, will offer high levels of everyday livability.”It will be a car that combines competition levels of performance with continent-crossing capability, wrapped in a beautiful lightweight body,” said McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt. “It’s a car that has been designed for distance and one that will also provide the comfort and space expected of a Grand Tourer.” 66 Photos Tags 2020 McLaren 720S Spider is an open-air cruise missile Mar 8 • VW is still ‘100 percent’ investigating a pickup truck for the US 0 Mar 7 • New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboard As with all its models, McLaren will focus on performance engineering even with the grand tourer, promising it’ll be the quickest and lightest model in its class, with the best power-to-weight ratio. McLaren wouldn’t say which cars it considers to be competitors to the forthcoming GT, but did say it’ll “share its DNA with the 250-mph McLaren Speedtail.”More information on the new car will be rolled out over the following months, with McLaren promising updates on its website at Given how much we like the company’s existing performance cars, we’re eager to learn more about McLaren’s first proper GT. reading • McLaren announces plans for a new grand touring model in Geneva • McLaren Preview • 2020 McLaren 720S Spider first drive: World-class performance now comes with a view More From Roadshow Geneva Motor Show 2019center_img Post a comment Share your voice More about 2020 McLaren 720S Spider Geneva Motor Show 2019 McLaren Mar 7 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8s 2019 McLaren 600LT: Balanced and bonkers 2020 McLaren 720S Spider review: Treat yo self Review • 2020 McLaren 720S Spider review: Treat yo self Apr 17 • The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refresh 2020 Bentley Continental GT V8 first drive: A more athletic grand tourer Performance Cars Coupes See Alllast_img read more

Economy and Markets India financial markets shut on Feb 13

first_imgA man ties a balloon to the horns of a bull statue at the entrance of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) while celebrating the Sensex index rising to over 30,000, in Mumbai, India April 26, 2017.Reuters fileAsian shares edged higher as Japanese equities joined the global rally following a holiday on Monday and after Wall Street extended rebound from last week’s steep fall.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.3 percent after sliding to its lowest level since December 11 on Friday. U.S. rose for the second day on Monday after posting their biggest weekly drop in two years.Indian stocks, bonds and currency markets are closed on Tuesday for a public holiday and trading will resume on Wednesday.Economic data: Retail inflation slightly eased to 5.07 percent in January from a 17-month high in December but remained above the cebtral bank’s medium-term target of 4 percent. Separately, industrial output grew 7.1 percent in December compared with 6.2 percent forecast in a Reuters poll.Oil demand: Oil consumption in India rose 10.3 percent in January, its fourth straight monthly gain, powered by the improvement in road freight transport coupled with growing use of cars and scooters.Earnings: Companies announcing their results in this week include Bank of India, Britannia Industries, GAIL and Tata Power.last_img read more