Child stopped to attend a function addressed by Assam CM for wearing black jacket

first_imgA three-year-old child was allegedly stopped on Tuesday from attending a programme addressed by Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal for wearing a black jacket.The incident happened before Mr. Sonowal was to lay the foundation stone of a spun silk mill at Borgang in north-eastern Assam’s Biswanath district.“The security personnel did not allow my son to enter the venue as he was wearing a black jacket,” the mother of the child said.The Chief Minister has asked Assam’s Director General of Police Kuladhar Saikia to conduct a probe and submit a report to take necessary action.Security forces across Assam have been cracking down on people waving black flags at lawmakers and officials or wearing black clothes as a statement against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. The BJP and affiliated organisations have been countering such protests with white flags.last_img read more

BJP to be blamed for crisis in Maharashtra, says Congress

first_imgA day after fault lines in Maharashtra Congress were visible over the issue of extending support to Shiv Sena, the State leadership blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the continuing crisis. “The BJP is responsible for the mess in the State. It had given the word to its ally in Maharashtra. It did not fulfil the promise neither it treated its ally with care. The BJP is holding out the threat of President’s Rule in Maharashtra. Whom are they threatening? Because of the BJP, entire State has landed in a difficult position,” said State Congress president Balasaheb Thorat. Mr. Thorat alleged that the BJP has already started using all dirty tricks to poach MLAs of other parties. “The BJP was using all its tricks even before the elections. Now that they are falling short of numbers, it is resorting to the same methods,” he claimed.Leader of Opposition Vijay Vadettiwar too blamed the BJP for leading the State towards constitutional crisis. “If the BJP has emerged as the single largest party in the State, then it is the party’s responsibility to stake claim and form the government. By not doing so, the party is pushing the State towards President’s Rule. They are responsible for the present condition of the State,” he said. Meanwhile, a day after announcing a three-day tour to areas affected by excessive unseasonal rains, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar is likely to cut short his tour and return to Mumbai on Friday morning. The five-year term of the present Assembly ends on November 8 midnight. “It seems the BJP is not going to stake claim and is ready for President’s Rule. The party seem to be on wait and watch mode till Sena blinks. It will not form the government with minority mandate,” said senior journalist and political commentator Sanjay Jog.last_img read more

NBA players, coaches appreciate chance to play on MLK Day

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Warriors coach Steve Kerr understands the NBA’s important role on MLK Day.“It’s a great day for the NBA. I think this league is filled with players who are very socially and politically active who want to speak their mind on injustice in general,” Kerr said. “And the fact that our sport really dominates Martin Luther King Day I think is very fitting. It gives the fans a chance to watch great basketball, but it gives everybody some perspective as well, how far we’ve come as a society and how far we have to go. … It’s a great day for the NBA and a great day for our player s in particular.”Around the league beginning last Thursday, players started wearing special warmup shirts by Nike that were designed in collaboration with the MLK Foundation and Martin Luther King III.On the T-shirt, it reads from his historical speech of Aug. 28, 1963: “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’”In Memphis, this will mark the Grizzlies’ 17th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Game when they host New Orleans. Players from both teams toured the National Civil Rights Museum together Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Lakers’ Lonzo Ball to miss 4 to 6 weeks with sprained left ankle Part of the Monday festivities will feature the presentation of the 14th annual National Civil Rights Museum Sports Legacy Award. The honor goes to athletes who, in King’s spirit, have made noteworthy contributions to civil and human rights.Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said it’s “just a special day.”“Anyone that knows anything about civil rights, or just the rights in general of people, I don’t know how you can’t honor him in every way possible for what he tried to do for individuals, not just the black population, the rights of all people. That’s what makes him special,” said Gentry, who is happy to see a full slate of games as the league honors King. “It does mean a lot to us. If you look at the NBA, they’ve been progressive in that kind of way for a long, long time.“When you look at just civil rights in general and when you look at being inclusive, all of that stuff is something that the NBA has been way ahead of all the other sports.”The rest of the MLK Day lineup includes: Magic at Hawks, Heat at Celtics, Kings at Nets, Bulls at Cavaliers, Mavericks at Bucks, Pistons at Wizards, Rockets at 76ers, Trail Blazers at Jazz.NEW GIGGary Payton and Jason Terry were two of basketball’s biggest talkers as players.Now they have a new platform to keep the comments coming.The former guards will be analysts on “The Bounce,” a built-for-mobile studio show that debuts Monday during the NBA’s MLK Day schedule.The show will air five nights per week — Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday — on Yahoo Sports and the Yahoo Sports App from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET through the end of the regular season.center_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Featuring scores, highlights and analysis, the show will originate from Turner Sports studios in Atlanta, featuring Turner commentators Rosalyn Gold-Onwude, Allie LaForce and Stephanie Ready as hosts. Women’s star Swin Cash joins Payton and Terry as rotating analysts.CEREMONY RESCHEDULEDWhen the Lakers and Warriors play on Feb. 2 in Oakland, there will be a long-awaited ceremony.Former Warriors center JaVale McGee had been set to receive his championship ring from the Warriors on Christmas night at Oracle Arena, but he was too sick to travel at the time.Kerr has been eager to honor McGee’s role during Golden State’s championships the past two seasons. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. There will be another full slate of NBA games with 22 of the league’s 30 teams playing on Monday. Knicks coach David Fizdale appreciates how the NBA gives so many teams the chance to play on MLK Day — unlike the more limited schedule on Christmas.“The NBA is just ahead of everything. Adam Silver and those guys just really have a progressive attitude about being inclusive, they understand our history, representing human and civil rights,” Fizdale said. “It’s something that we can be really proud of as a league. MLK Day is another one of those examples of how we try to pay homage and we’re aware of what set the tone and what’s given us the opportunity to be able to do what we do.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsFizdale’s Knicks will host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday to tip off the schedule with the Lakers-Warriors capping off the daylong festivities.When Golden State visits Los Angeles to conclude the NBA’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day slate Monday night, Stephen Curry, Durant and the Warriors will try to avenge an embarrassing 127-101 home loss on Christmas night — when the Lakers hung tough even after LeBron James went down with a left groin strain. LATEST STORIES (FILES) In this file photo taken on December 30, 2018 PHOENIX, ARIZONA – DECEMBER 31: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors during NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on December 31, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. – Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant insisted on January 8, 2019, he’s just focused on playing and not on a potential free agent departure at the end of this NBA season. “I just focus on playing ball every single day,” Durant said as the Warriors prepared to host the New York Knicks — one of the teams that keeps popping up in rumors as a potential Durant destination. (Photo by Christian Petersen / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)OAKLAND, Calif. — Kevin Durant cherishes the opportunity to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by playing basketball on the holiday that celebrates the civil rights leader.“What MLK meant to the nation and just his message around the world. Still to this day his message has touched so many people,” Durant said. “It’s a good opportunity to play on that day. For us it just means a lot. We carry so much. Each one of us has different journeys throughout life and for us to meet at this point to come out and play a game so special on such a special day, hopefully it brings more people together.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

NFL Says Pats Deflated Balls

first_imgAn NFL investigation released May 6 concluded New England Patriots employees likely deflated footballs used in the AFC Championship and that quarterback Tom Brady was “at least generally aware” of the rules violations.The NFL began investigating what’s now known as Deflategate after the Patriots defeated the Colts 45-7 on January 18. The Colts complained that several footballs were under-inflated and the NFL confirmed that 11 of the 12 footballs were under the limit.The investigation started as the Patriots were preparing for the Super Bowl — which they won two weeks later.NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Troy Vincent, the league’s Executive Vice President of football operations, would review the 243-page report on attorney Ted Wells’ investigation and consider what steps to take next.“We will continue our efforts vigorously to protect the integrity of the game and promote fair play at all times,” Goodell said.The NFL requires balls to be inflated between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square inch, and each team is responsible for the balls it uses on offense.Footballs with less pressure can be easier to grip and catch. Some quarterbacks prefer footballs that have less air.Brady said he prefers footballs inflated to 12.5 pounds per square inch. On many occasions, Brady said he never asked for balls to be deflated outside of the rules.But the NFL report concluded “it was more than probable than not” that Jim McNally, the officials’ locker room attendant, and John Jastremski, an equipment assistant for the Patriots, were involved in “a deliberate effort to release air” from the footballs in the moments before kickoff of the AFC title game — and after they were examined by the referee.The report cites evidence that McNally took the game balls into a bathroom adjacent to the field at Gillette Stadium, and stayed there for about 100 seconds — “an amount of time sufficient to deflate thirteen footballs using a needle.”Other evidence included referee Walt Anderson’s inability to locate the previously approved footballs at the start of the game — the first time that had happened to him in 19 years.The report includes salty text messages between McNally and Jastremski — sent in October and January — that imply Brady was requesting footballs deflated below 12.5 pounds per square inch. They also imply that Brady had previously been upset with the quality of the game balls.The texts described requests from McNally for shoes and signed footballs from Brady in exchange for deflating the balls.“Remember to put a couple sweet pig skins ready for tom to sign,” one said. “Nice throw in some kicks and make it real special,” another said.The report says there’s no evidence that owner Robert Kraft, coach Bill Belichick or anyone on the coaching staff knew about the scheme.Kraft, who strongly defended his team and said the NFL would owe the Patriots an apology if the investigation turned up no culpable evidence, called the conclusion “incomprehensible.”But, he said the Patriots would accept the findings of the report “and take the appropriate actions based on those findings as well as any discipline levied by the league.”____By Eddie Pells, AP National Writer. AP Sports Writers Jimmy Golen in Boston and Mike Marot in Indianapolis contributedTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Disha Patani copies her cat and flaunts enviable curves in sports bra and pyjamas

first_imgBharat actress, Disha Patani who is famous for her healthy lifestyle and her extreme workout sessions, generally motivates her followers to hit the gym with her Instagram posts.But this time, with her latest gram, it seems like the actress is ready for the weekend and believe us, we totally feel it. Disha took to her official Instagram account to share an image of herself lazying around on her bed and captioned the images, “Trying to get keety’s look.”Keety is the pet cat of the Malang 2 actress. In the picture, Disha can be seen wearing a neon orange sports bra flaunting her enviable curves. She paired her sports bra with a pair of pyjamas while she lazed around on the bed.Disha let her blown-out hair down for the image and for the glam she went with smokey eyes and a nude lip.On the work front, Disha is currently shooting for her romantic-thriller, Malang in which she stars opposite Aditya Roy Kapur. The film also stars Anil Kapoor and Kunal Kemmu.ALSO READ | Disha Patani squats like a boss in sheer top and shorts at gym. Watch new workout videoALSO WATCH | Disha Patani talks about her personal style preferenceslast_img read more

Real target Courtois admits ‘heart is in Madrid’

first_imgTransfers Courtois admits ‘heart is in Madrid’ as he waits on offers from Real and Chelsea Chris Burton 04:09 2/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Thibaut Courtois Chelsea 2017 Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid Chelsea Primera División Premier League The Belgium international goalkeeper remains in contract extension talks at Stamford Bridge, but concedes a switch to Santiago Bernabeu is appealing Thibaut Courtois is waiting on the offer of fresh terms at Chelsea, but admits his “heart is in Madrid” amid links to La Liga giants Real.The Belgium international goalkeeper has long been linked with a switch to Santiago Bernabeu, having previously enjoyed a productive three-year loan spell at cross-city rivals Atletico.His young family remain based in the Spanish capital, with that emotional draw set to lead him back to La Liga at some stage. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Courtois admits he is no position to predict at present when such a move will be made, with the 25-year-old talking with Chelsea but aware that a counter approach could be made from elsewhere.Speaking to Belgian publication Sport/Foot Magazine, he said: “My personal situation is related to the city of Madrid.”My two children live there with their mum. I have my daughter every day on FaceTime. She often tells me that she misses me. My son is still too small to communicate like that.”Whenever I have the opportunity, I try to return to Spain. As a situation, it is not always easy. Yes, my heart is in Madrid. It is logical and understandable.”If they [Real] want me, they have to contact Chelsea. We’ll see. But they have not done that. What is certain is that one day I will return to Madrid. I love Spain, I love the city, I spent three wonderful years there. It is there that I became an adult.”Atletico was a real group of friends. We went out together and my team-mates taught me a language I did not know at all when I arrived. When I left, I cried. My first days in London were not easy. England, when I arrived, was colder, more business. Now, I feel very good here.”I understand that the rumours are coming back today, as we are talking about a new goalkeeper there [at Real]. But I do not pay much attention to that, I stay focused on Chelsea.Thibaut Courtois Chelsea heart in Madrid“If Real are really interested, my personal situation could influence things. The family aspect is priceless. But I repeat to you that, for the moment, I’m busy talking to Chelsea to extend.”Courtois is currently under contract at Chelsea until 2019, but fresh terms have been mooted for some time.He added on how those discussions are progressing: “We agreed to meet again in February because the club had more urgent issues to deal with in January.”There is no rush, I am under contract until 2019. Normally, there is no problem, I will extend. I am happy here and I see a club that still wants to win a lot of titles. The signs are positive.”Their desire to also extend Eden Hazard’s deal reassures me.”last_img read more

Texas DBs Share Scary Photos Of July 4 Car Crash They Were Involved In

first_imgFans cheer on the Texas Longhorns against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 5: Fans cheer on the Texas Longhorns against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks on September 5, 2009 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Two Texas football players had something else to celebrate yesterday besides the birth of America. They survived a scary car cash.Texas defensive backs Kris Boyd and B.J. Foster were involved in a car accident on July 4. Fortunately, both guys are doing just fine.The accident could have been a lot worse. Boyd shared photos of the car after the wreck and it is pretty messed up.“Our angels had they hands over us today @nofear_2 Got rear ended and smashed!” Boyd tweeted. “We’re doing a lot better. Thank you to those who reached out. Could’ve been gone but we here.”Our angels had they hands over us today @nofear_2 Got rear ended and smashed! We’re doing a lot better. Thank you to those who reached out. Could’ve been gone but we here.????— kris boyd™ (@kris23db) July 5, 2018If their car almost got sandwiched like Boyd says, the pair are very, very lucky.Boyd was one of Texas’ top defensive players as a junior in 2017. He posted 57 tackles, a team-high 15 pass breakups and two interceptions, earning second-team All-Big 12 honors in the process.Foster, meanwhile, was a five-star prospect in the 2018 class and Texas’ second-highest ranked signee. He’s expected to contribute early for the Longhorns.Thankfully both guys are just fine after this scary incident.last_img read more

TMC councillor clinches gold at Mongolia powerlifting meet

first_imgKolkata: Pabitra Biswas, Trinamool Congress councilor of ward 33, has bagged two medals, including a gold, at the Asian Powerlifting Competition at Mongolia, which was held last week. Fifty-six-year-old Biswas has bagged a gold medal in the 85 kg category in equipped bench press and a bronze medal in the raw category. He lifted 135 kg bench press in the equipped category. Earlier, Biswas was selected in the national team. Biswas was first elected as a councillor of KMC in 1995 when the civic board was under the control of CPIM. Prasanta Chatterjee of CPIM was the then mayor. Subsequently, he won the 2000, 2005, 2010 and 2015 civic polls. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaWhen contacted Biswas said: “Powerlifting is my passion. My day start with exercise and whenever I meet people particularly the young boys and girls I always ask them to do exercise as they will keep them fit.” Biswas is very popular in Ward no 33. He goes to every road, lanes and bylanes to ensure that sweeping has been done properly and garbage has been cleared. “The leaders in Trinamool also encourage me to perform powerlifting which has helped to serve the people in better ways.” Biswas is now preparing for the World Power Lifting competition. ” Take health food and work seriously – these are the two mantras to remain energetic and fit,” said Biswas.last_img read more

Gay purge lawsuit settlement expanded to include more people who suffered

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government has agreed to expand the scope of a landmark deal to financially compensate members of the military and other agencies who were investigated and sometimes fired because of their sexual orientation.A revised version of the class-action settlement over the so-called “gay purge” explicitly includes people whose careers suffered as early as 1955 — seven years prior to a previously agreed date.In addition, the settlement creates an “exceptions committee” that will look case-by-case at those who might otherwise fall through the cracks.They could include people affected before 1955, individuals who worked for agencies not listed in the settlement, or those who were targeted even though they were not gay or lesbian.An agreement in principle in the court action was drafted last November, just days before the government delivered a sweeping apology for decades of discrimination against members of the LGBTQ community.However, a number of people seeking redress fell outside the parameters of the original agreement, including some who were singled out by superiors because they were perceived as gay, or because they vocally stuck up for colleagues, said Doug Elliott, a lawyer behind the class action.“Those people were really victims of the purge, too and we felt if there were such people that they ought to be included, because even though they were not gay, they were suffering because of this anti-gay policy,” Elliott said in an interview.A former Air Force member who was investigated in the late 1950s and forced out in the early ’60s represents one of the earliest cases in the legal action, Elliott said.“I really didn’t expect there was going to be anyone around who was going to put their hand up from that earlier period and say that they had been purged. But a few elderly people did come forward.”The settlement, still subject to Federal Court approval, includes at least $50 million and up to $110 million in total compensation, with eligible individuals each expected to receive between $5,000 and $175,000.The first phase of a program to notify potential members of the class action is underway.Hundreds of people have already joined, and Elliott has a “working estimate” of up to 2,000 participants. “I expect that it will probably exceed a thousand. But how far north of that it will go is very difficult to predict.”Elliott said one theory holds that gay people don’t like to admit they were in the military and military members don’t like to acknowledge they’re gay, something called the “double-closet phenomenon.”In addition, the AIDS epidemic took its toll on many members of the gay community.“Despite the government’s great efforts to create a list of every homosexual in Canada, they never succeeded,” Elliott said with a chuckle.“So we don’t know who these people are. Even if we knew who they are, we don’t know how many of them are still alive. And among those who were affected and still alive, we don’t know if they will step forward.”He personally knows two eligible men who have not yet signed on.“And I think in their cases, that it’s because this is a horrible experience they had in their past. No amount of money in the world is enough to make them revisit it, they just want to forget about it.”There will also be several reconciliation and remembrance measures, including a national monument, a Canadian Museum for Human Rights exhibition, declassification of archival records and a citation akin to a medal for affected people.Elliott said the citation is extremely important to many of his clients, particularly former Armed Forces members.“When they went into the military, that’s one of the things they were looking forward to, was earning a medal one day,” he said. “And then they never got a chance. So this is some small recognition of the fact that they too served and that they suffered in the service of their country.”The Liberal government has also introduced legislation that would allow people to apply to have their criminal convictions for consensual sexual activity between same-sex partners erased from the public record.The Expungement of Historically Unjust Convictions Act would provide for the destruction and removal of records for the offences of gross indecency, buggery and anal intercourse.At a Senate committee studying the bill Wednesday, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale called it an “important and overdue step in the right direction.”— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

Sport Relief Returns For 2018

first_imgSport Relief is back in March, and events are now being revealed.Live on stage at the National Television Awards, Freddie Flintoff announced four fearless celebs that will go head-to-head in a charity celebrity boxing match. Ex-footballer Wayne Bridge will take on television personality Spencer Matthews, whilst S-Club 7 singer Hannah Spearritt will take on The Saturdays star Vanessa White. All four celebs will pursue a gruelling training programme in the lead up to the big match, which will be aired on BBC One during Sport Relief’s Night of TV on Friday 23rd March.It’s Made in Chelsea vs ‘played in Chelsea’, it’s two of the biggest girl band rivalries; it’s a sporting event you definitely will not want to miss.Sport Relief culminates in a week of unmissable events, hilarious TV moments and physically-demanding celebrity challenges encouraging the nation to get active, raise money and change lives in the UK and around the world.To find out more about Sport Relief, click here.last_img read more

UN and Chile launch sustainable tourism initiative for Easter Island

29 May 2009The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Chile today embarked on a new programme to develop sustainable tourism on Easter Island, which receives some 60,000 visitors every year. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Chile today embarked on a new programme to develop sustainable tourism on Easter Island, which receives some 60,000 visitors every year. “The project aims to develop tourism strategies that respect the outstanding universal value of the Rapa Nui National Park,” UNESCO said in a news release. The programme, financed by the Japanese Government, will promote training and involvement of the local communities on the island in sustainable ecotourism. “It is expected that the project will alleviate the growing pressure on the island’s fragile ecosystem resulting from tourism,” UNESCO said. Easter Island is located over 3,500 kilometres west of continental Chile. UNESCO inscribed Rapa Nui National Park, which contains giant Polynesian stone figures known as moai, on its World Heritage List in 1995. UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said the project will “reduce the negative impact of tourism […] by finding a balance between the needs for the preservation of the site and the development of the island community.” Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, who was present at the signing of the agreement in Paris, said the programme is a “remarkable initiative intended to give the local community a leading role in the enhancement and promotion of their own heritage.”“A society capable of preserving its heritage is capable of preserving its history and its identity,” the President stated. read more

UN experts call on Morocco to implement gender equity policies

21 February 2012Independent United Nations human rights experts today called on Morocco to consolidate and advance the country’s achievements on women’s rights by tackling gaps in its legal framework which put women at a disadvantage, adding that domestic and migrant workers are at higher risk of having their rights violated. “Gender equality must remain central in the complex process of political and social transformation in Morocco,” said Kamala Chandrakirana and Emna Aouij, members of the UN working group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice, at the end of their visit to the country.“Despite many competing priorities faced by the Government, the drafting of the law that will establish the authority for parity must start as soon as possible, involving all the relevant stakeholders.”During their eight-day visit, the independent experts gathered information on Morocco’s legal framework regarding the promotion of equality and elimination of sex-based discrimination, and identified remaining gaps in legal protection.The experts noted that despite progress achieved through the adoption and reform of several laws, discriminatory provisions remain concerning marriage, divorce, custody and inheritance.“Stakeholders have identified critical gaps in Morocco’s legal protection, particularly for women victims of domestic violence, for women and girls employed as domestic workers, and for women migrant workers,” said the group’s representatives, calling on authorities to accelerate deliberations on bills regarding these populations.The experts also called for the participation of women when carrying out reforms and for integration of an equal gender perspective into every aspect of the Government.“Poor and rural women need to be an integral part of the historic reforms the country is undergoing,” they said. “National programmes are crucial to integrate development and human rights and to secure participatory democracy at the local level, but have so far benefited women disproportionately less than men.” Ms. Chandrakirana and Ms. Aouij also urged the Government to use all means at its disposal, including education and the media, to combat stereotypes and negative portrayal of women.The experts visited Rabat, Casablanca, Fez and the province of Khémisset, where they met with Government officials, representatives of national institutions, civil society organizations and academic experts, as well as women community leaders.The group will present its final conclusions and recommendations from their visit in a report to the Human Rights Council in June. read more

Cominar REIT may buy 68 properties from GE Capital with proceed from

QUEBEC — Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust says it received $276-million in net proceeds from its public offering of equity units and may use the money towards the cost of buying 68 properties from GE Capital Real Estate.The GE Capital deal includes 14 office buildings and one vacant lot of land in Ottawa, 23 office properties and 23 industrial properties in Montreal and four office properties and three industrial properties in Quebec City.Cominar said Tuesday it plans to use the money to finance a portion of the $697-million purchase or it could use the proceeds to pay down outstanding debt.Cominar has grown to be the third-largest diversified real estate investment trust in Canada and the largest commercial property owner in Quebec.Cominar owns a real estate portfolio of 415 high-quality properties, consisting of 82 office, 158 retail and 175 industrial and mixed-use buildings that cover a total area of 30.7 million square feet in Quebec, Ontario, the Atlantic provinces and western Canada.The Canadian Press read more

A tribute concert remembering Mike Taylor from the band Walk off

The first time pop indie group Walk off the Earth preformed without Mike Taylor his keyboard illuminated on stage by candles the seat empty the keys untouched. There were many hugs and tears within the band, and out in the audience. Burlington’s City Hall Square was filled with fans, wiping away tears, holding candles, and remembering. The band encouraged people to laugh, dance, and sing a celebration they said for their good friend, who came off stern in his beard guy character, but was far from it in reality. Taylor died suddenly on December 29th, leaving behind two kids and lots of friends in the music industry. Including the Bare Naked Ladies and Hamilton natives Arkells. Walk off the Earth rose to fame in 2012 after a creative cover blew up on Youtube, catching the attention of Ellen Degenerous, and other celebrities. Burlington Mayor Marianne Meedward honoured Taylor by making him the first recipient of the key to the city posthumously. As for the band, they say their world tour will go on as planned, with a special person in their heart. While going on will be difficult, the band says it’s the right way to honour Taylor. read more

People living in mountains among worlds hungriest UN food agency says

Mountain dwellers are among the world’s largest populations of undernourished and hungry people, a senior official with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today. Speaking in Rome at FAO’s launch of the International Year of Mountains, the agency’s Deputy Director-General, David Harcharik, said that by paying special attention to the plight of mountain people, the amount of hungry and undernourished citizens in the world – currently estimated at more than 800 million – could be reduced substantially. According to FAO, the number of undernourished in the world is falling at a rate of only 6 million per year – well below the 22 million annually needed to reach the international target of halving the number of hungry people by 2015. “If we can improve conditions in mountain communities, we will go a long way toward fulfilling this important goal,” said Mr. Harcharik.About 600 million people – one in 10 – live in mountain areas. Outside thewell-to-do mountain resorts and commuter towns in industrialized countries, the majority of mountain people are chronically undernourished, due partly to poverty and political marginalization, FAO said. In addition, mountain people face physical barriers, such as rugged terrain, poor communications systems and inadequate roads.Above all, the agency blamed armed conflict for the poor conditions facing mountain dwellers, noting that most of clashes in the world today are in mountain areas. In 1999, 23 of the 27 major armed conflicts in the world were being fought in mountain regions. “How can you reliably produce food in conditions of war?” Mr. Harcharik asked. “How can you take steps to improve your life, to dream of a better future, when you don’t know where your next meal is coming from – or if you will live to eat it?”FAO pledged to give long-term priority to on-the-ground action in response to the needs of mountain dwellers. The agency also said it planned to support the efforts of national committees dedicated to the International Year of Mountains, noting that “countries have the power to develop laws and policies to encourage the sustainable development of mountain areas, and to ensure that decision-making processes include the full participation of mountain people.” read more

National Bank raises dividend Q4 profit up 20 per cent from year

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 6, 2012 11:04 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – National Bank announced Thursday it that its quarterly dividend will go up in the new year, following a fourth quarter that saw its net income rise 20 per cent over the same time last year.The Montreal-based bank’s quarterly dividend on common shares will increase by five per cent or four cents to 83 cents per common share, starting with the January payout to shareholders.It joins Quebec-based rival Laurentian Bank and Alberta-based Canadian Western Bank (TSX:CWB), which also announced dividend increases this week. Four bigger Canadian banks have kept their dividends unchanged in their announcements.John Aiken of Barclays Capital said the results represent National Bank’s best quarter to date and, unlike other banks, it didn’t benefit from an unusually low tax rate.“Unlike the other banks that have reported to date, there are very few negative issues to point at in National’s earnings, particularly on a relative basis,” Aiken wrote in a report.“Solid earnings, capped with what will likely be the only dividend increase this quarter (among the large Canadian banks), should garner some relative outperformance for National.”Aiken said future dividend increases are “a distinct possibility” because National Bank’s payout ratio still remains below 45 per cent.National (TSX:NA), which is the country’s sixth-largest bank, announced Thursday that its profit for the three months ended Oct. 31 amounted to $351 million or $1.97 per share.For the full year ended Oct. 31, National bank had $1.6 billion of net income — up 26 per cent from 2011. That amounted to $9.32 per share of diluted earnings, up 35 per cent from the same time last year.Adjusting for one-time items, the bank earned $343 million or $1.93 per share for the quarter and $1.4 billion or $7.86 per share for the full year, in line with analyst forecasts.Revenues grew by 15 per cent to $1.35 billion in the quarter and to $5.1 billion for the year.“For the fourth quarter of 2012 and the year as a whole, the bank performed well on the strength of personal loan growth, financial market trading, and contributions from the wealth management acquisitions,” stated president and CEO Louis Vachon.He said the bank’s loan portfolio is among the best in the industry and it will continue to invest prudently.Net interest income from the personal and commercial segment rose $12 million the quarter as higher personal loan volume partially offset narrower net interest margins.Gains on available-for-sale securities increased $20 million, mainly because of a disposal gain on the investments sold during the TMX transaction.Underwriting and advisory fees and revenues from trust services and mutual funds increased by $27 million following the integration of Wellington West Holdings Inc. and HSBC Securities full-service investment advisory business.The increase in revenues during the year resulted from factors, including a gain on the sale of the operations of NatCan Investment Management Inc., personal loan volume growth and wealth management acquisitions.National Bank’s provision for credit losses was $46 million during the quarter, a decrease of $4 million. Gross impaired loans were $387 million, a $20 million decrease from a year ago.The core personal and commercial segment’s profits were unchanged at $157 million but grew by seven per cent to $168 million excluding severances.The wealth management segment’s net income totalled $30 million, down $44 million from a year ago on higher operating costs due to acquisitions. On an adjusted bases, profits fell 10 per cent to $45 million.Financial markets net income grew by $33 million to $107 million but were up 57 per cent to $124 million excluding severances.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, National’s shares lost 41 cents at $77.36 in morning trading. National Bank raises dividend, Q4 profit up 20 per cent from year earlier read more

UN General Assembly President defends landmark migration compact

“The Compact allows enormous flexibility for countries to use the parts of the compact that can be adapted to their sovereign decisions and existing legal frameworks…it is a cooperation instrument,” said Ms. Espinosa, briefing reporters at UN Headquarters in New York.She described the Global Compact for migration as a landmark agreement which will help ensure that migrants everywhere in the world have their rights safeguarded and are treated fairly.The compact, which is due to be adopted at a conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, in December, sets clear objectives to make migration safe, orderly and regular; addresses the concerns of signatory governments and reinforces national sovereignty; and recognizes the vulnerabilities faced by migrants.Ms. Espinosa said that she has been encouraged by the commitment of Member States and expects the Morocco conference to be a success: “Migration is part of the way the world develops, interacts and interconnects. We have seen lately unusual migration flows that need to be tackled and addressed multilaterally. And the response is precisely the Global Compact.”As for reports that a number of countries are backing out of the agreement, the Assembly President said that the decisions of Member State governments must be respected: “We fully understand the decision of some countries that have decided they are not ready to commit, and it’s perhaps because they are taking the issue migration very seriously, and they need to have greater discussions and conversations domestically.”Ms. Espinosa also highlighted the importance of the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference, known by the shorthand COP24, taking place in Katowice, Poland, this December. Describing climate change as a “survival issue,” she said that urgent action on the environment is one of her priorities as President, and that the world needs to move as soon as possible towards a green economy, generating low carbon technologies, which will produce thousands more jobs, and a cultural shift in production and consumption patterns is needed if we are to keep temperatures from rising more than 1.5º Celsius. read more

Big Ten Preview Michigan State Spartans

Big Ten Preview Michigan State Spartans

first_imgLocation: East Lansing, Michigan2018 record: 7-6Head coach: Mark Dantonio (13th year, 110-52)2019 record so far: 3-1Record against Ohio State since 2010: 3-5What’s happened so far in 2019: Then-No. 18 Michigan State took a loss against unranked Arizona State in its third game of the season by a score of 10-7. The Spartans had previously beaten Tulsa and Western Michigan before falling to Arizona State for the second consecutive year. The Spartans came back and won in Week 4 against Northwestern 31-10, placing them at No. 25 and earning head coach Mark Dantonio a win that gave him the most in program history. Key offensive player:Redshirt senior quarterback Brian Lewerke returns for his third season as a starter, averaging 256.3 passing yards per game. However, his 7.4 yards per attempt ranks No. 7 among Big Ten quarterbacks with at least 14 attempts per game. Lewerke has passed for more than 200 yards 15 times in his career. His primary target is senior receiver Darrell Stewart, who has 30 receptions for 439 yards this season.Key defensive player:Redshirt senior defensive end Kenny Willekes was No. 5 in the Big Ten with eight sacks in 2018, and he’s already outpacing himself with a team-leading 3.5 through four games this season. Willekes opened the season with two tackles for loss in three straight games, and recovered two fumbles in the season opener against Tulsa. As one of the best pass rushers in the conference, Willekes is instrumental for a defense that allows just 176 pass yards per game, and a Big Ten third-best 228.3 yards overall.Weaknesses:Michigan State has struggled with penalties, resulting in the loss of yards that could allow teams to close the gap. The Spartans’ 31 penalties thus far are the most in the Big Ten, including 14 in the season opener and 10 in the loss to Arizona State. A 12-men-on-the-field penalty negated a would-be game-tying field goal against Arizona State, and after missing the retry as time expired, Michigan State lost the game.last_img read more

Young people struggle to cope with setbacks as happiness falls to lowest

first_imgThe charity said it would work with mental health charity Young Minds to review its programmes so it could incorporate aspects which would help participants’ mental health. The charity, founded in 1976, works with disadvantaged young people to help them get a job or continue their education. Figures released earlier this week by the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers suggested that 96 per cent of teachers had worked with children who were experiencing mental health issues.  Today’s youngsters are the unhappiest in almost a decade because they do not know how to cope with setbacks, research by the Prince’s Trust has found. The charity, founded by the Prince of Wales, said worries about the future, money, and “not being good enough” were “piling up” on young people aged 16-25. Its research found that happiness and confidence in emotional health had dropped to their lowest levels since 2009.Its index rates young people’s emotional health by ranking happiness levels in areas such as work and relationships from 0 to 100. In this year’s survey the overall average figure was 57, a four-point fall from the previous year and down from 70 when the study was first carried out. Almost half of the young people said they did not feel they could cope well with setbacks in life. Financial worries were behind the issues experienced by many respondents, with one in three saying that being without a job would put their mental health at risk. One in ten said they had lost a job through redundancy or having a contracted terminated or not renewed, or being fired, and 54 per cent said they were worried about their finances. 61 per cent of young people said they regularly felt stressed, 53 per cent said they regularly felt anxious and 27 per cent said they felt hopeless on a regular basis. Almost half said they had experienced a mental health problem.Nick Stace, UK chief executive at The Prince’s Trust, said: “It should ring alarm bells for us all that young people are feeling more despondent about their emotional health than ever before.”This is a generation rapidly losing faith in their ability to achieve their goals in life, who are increasingly wary of and disillusioned with the jobs market and at risk of leaving a wealth of untapped potential in their wake.“One of the most important things we can do to stem this flow is to show young people that it’s worth having high aspirations, that opportunities to earn a good living and progress in a career are out there and that they’ll be supported along the way to live, learn and earn.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Zarko Markovic – new Qatari

kastratovicmarkovicQatarZarko Markovic Zarko Markovic played his last game for Montenegro on 14th of January last year against Latvia in the qualifications for the World Championship. In June and October he missed as well the games that his national team played because of aesthetic operation and injuries.He was on the list for the World Championship 2013 in Spain, but Kastratovic removed him from the team after it was announced that he will be late for the preparations. In the handball circles it is however discussed that Markovic is avoiding his national team duties as he has a very attractive offer from Qatar. The rich country from the Arabian peninsula is host of the World Championship 2015 and the petrodollars are trying to attract many talented and fine players from the European continent.As the rules say, a player has the right to change the national team he plays for after three years have passed since his last game for the national team. Markovic’s three years would pass shortly after the start of the World Championship in Qatar, which is supposed to play from 11th to 27th January 2015 – according to the unofficial calendar.source: ← Previous Story VIDEO: Israel wants to give 100% against Montenegro Next Story → Euro Quals: Spain dominant in Skopje, France outclasses Norway read more