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146 Indians Used Sexual Orientation As Ground To Seek Asylum In UK

first_imgAs many as 146 Indian citizens used sexual orientation as a ground to seek asylum in the United Kingdom, according to latest figures that show Pakistan topping the overall list with 1,681 of its citizens mentioning the ground for asylum.The figures released by the UK Home Office relate to three years — 2015, 2016 and 2017. During the period, the number of Indian citizens seeking asylum for various reasons was 3,839, providing another dimension to the migration of Indians to the UK.Read it at Hindustan TImes Related Itemslast_img

Shooter sexually harassed at CRPF range in Kadarpur

first_imgIn an appalling incident, a national level shooter was sexually harassed in the CRPF Shooting Academy in Kadarpur, Haryana, last month. What was more shocking was the person who is alleged to have perpetuated the act was in charge of the academy mess.The incident happened when Rani (name changed) – an Army captain at the Army Infantry Centre, Mhow – was staying at the CRPF Academy. She was competing in the country’s apex championships – the National Big Bore Shooting Championships – which were held at the Kadarpur big bore ranges from May 2 to 5.It must be mentioned here that the resilient Rani won medals at these championships despite her harrowing experience.The incident occurred on the third day of the championships on May 4. It is learnt that after her competition, a tired Rani came back to her room to relax.It was at this juncture that the mess in charge barged into her room and tried to sexually harass the shooter, who rushed out of the room.This only came to light when Rani, after consulting with her parents, went ahead and lodged a protest with the Inspector General (IG) of the academy.The IG, Jasbir Singh Gill, was quick to take action and the mess in charge — who has not been named — was suspended within the next 24 hours.”I decided to lodge a complaint after holding protracted discussions with my parents. Also the fact that it happened during the competition was something which I was not prepared for at all. I do not have anything more to say on this episode,” Rani said.advertisementOn his part, Gill said it was a deplorable incident. “In my long association with the forces, such an incident has never happened. I cannot still comprehend how the whole thing happened.””Having said that, I took action fast, as it was a sexual harassment case,” he said.Subsequently, the CRPF has constituted an inquiry into the incident.”We have a lady commandant who is conducting an inquiry. We are looking into all aspects. Unfortunately, there are no eyewitnesses. We will go by the shooter’s version,” Gill said.He added that the future course of action would be decided after getting a reply from the mess in charge.”We have asked him to explain himself. After we get his written explanation, we will decide on what action should be taken against him,” said Gill.”If we find that the person is guilty, then he will be handed severe punishment. We will not tolerate any such acts in the future,” he said.last_img read more

Asia Cup T20: MS Dhoni thrilled after Yuvraj Singh’s blitz against Sri Lanka

first_imgSkipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was all praise for Yuvraj Singh’s batting approach against Sri Lanka in Tuesday’s Asia Cup encounter. The left-hander’s 18-ball-35 is something that has pleased the skipper and no wonder he stands vindicated. (India’s win in photos) “As far as Yuvi’s batting is concerned, I have already said that the more time he gets out there in the middle, the better it is for him. I felt that his approach has always been very good. He gave himself two or three balls before playing the big shot. And you saw today, he is someone who can hit sixes at will. So if the same thing continues gradually, he will be in a very good position before the World Cup.” (Yuvraj Singh turns the heat on in Mirpur after bowlers shine) Also, the emergence of young Jasprit Bumrah as a potent ‘death-overs’ bowler has come as a huge ‘relief’ for the Indian, who complimented the Gujarat lad for being equally effective with the new ball.”Jasprit is someone I feel who bowls well with the new ball also. Yes, he has given us some relief when it comes to death bowling. But people should realise that he will also go for runs on some days. So far he’s been very good for us with the new ball as well as the death,” Dhoni praised the youngster, who came into the national reckoning after a successful stint with the Mumbai Indians in IPL. (Asia Cup T20: India look stable with all-round options, says MS Dhoni) advertisement”Death bowling is something where you cannot only give away 12 runs in last two overs. At times, you will give away 20-22 runs also. But looking at that kind of a game, you may also feel that ‘okay, 20 was also very good death bowling.”Dhoni, who had earlier termed Hardik Pandya as a ‘Game Changer’, said that his all-round presence has lend the side necessary balance going into World Twenty20.”This format is especially better-suited to somebody (Hardik), who can bat and bowl. All-rounders have two departments to contribute and can make up for failure in one with performance in the other. Also performance in one department helps them carry the confidence into the other,” the skipper said.”That’s the reason why our team is looking more balanced. Looking at the conditions, you have three fast bowlers and two spinners. Then you include two part-timers (Raina, Yuvraj) if needed. So it looks like a very good bunch of players, ideally suited for the conditions,” he added.Virat Kohli blasted another half-century to guide India to a five-wicket win over Sri Lanka and Dhoni said it is his hunger to succeed that makes him special.”Right from the start, he (Virat) was always someone who wanted to contribute more. Even if he would get out on 80, he was somebody who wanted to get that 100. If 80 was good enough and the team wins, he was happy with it. But he still wanted to contribute more. He knew the importance of converting those 70’s into hundreds. It’s not only good for the individual but it was also very good for the team,” he said.”He (Virat) is always somebody, who wants to put that emphasis on his game. Over the years, he has turned into someone who reads the game very well. Knowing whom to target, when to target, what are his strengths. That is something very important.”All of us have our own strength. But it is very important to back your strength and not to venture out into areas that are not your strength. He’s looking like a much more matured cricketer. Overall, he’s been just fantastic for the side,” Dhoni said.Dhoni admitted that the pitch against Sri Lanka was less seamer-friendly than the earlier two but at the same time there was some purchase for the faster bowlers.”I think in the first two games, the wickets were more seamer-friendly wickets. Even today, it might not look very alarming but there was enough movement to trouble the batsmen. It was not as if you can come and play your big shots and easily get away with a lot of runs. If you were hitting the right areas, it was difficult. It was demonstrated by fast bowlers from both the teams.”The India skipper again kept the “revenge bit” out when he was asked whether he had that feeling considering that they lost the World T20 to the same opponent at this very venue during the last edition.advertisement”I don’t think it can be compared to losing a World Cup final. You can win 10 matches like these but that one match is special. It’s like taking a hat-trick. You can bowl good deliveries to get wickets but to take a hat-trick, you have to bowl three-wicket taking deliveries, which may not be your best ones,” he said.The Asia Cup has been a good experience for Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan but Dhoni feels the opening duo will not go out with any particular mindset during the upcoming World T20.”You won’t go in with the mindset that generally this is what happens here and we will bat like this. It will push the openers especially to play a few deliveries, especially, if you are batting first. If you’re batting second, you get some sort of an idea as to what is happening,” Dhoni said.”But if you’re batting first, they will give time to the bowler. Then after the second or the third over, depending how much it’s deviating off the wicket or if there is some swing, then they will play their shots because one or two overs for this side won’t make a lot of difference.”Even if we don’t get too many runs in the first two overs, we have the firepower to get those runs in the next 18 overs. That has been our strength,” he signed off.last_img read more

Hurt Holebas Out For Greece

first_imgATHENS — Greece defender Jose Holebas has been ruled out of European Championship qualifiers against Finland and Northern Ireland after picking up a groin injury in a weekend Serie A match.The 30-year-old left winger, a World Cup standout for Greece this year, has been replaced by Kostas Giannoulis of Olympiakos.Holebas, who moved to Roma this season, was hurt in an Oct. 5th 3-2 loss at Juventus.It is the second injury substitution since Greece announced its squad to face Group F rivals Finland on Oct. 11y and Northern Ireland three days later. Defender Avraam Papadopoulos is out because of a cheekbone injury, while Udinese midfileder Panagiotis Kone is doubtful.Greece lost its group opener to Romania 1-0 at home.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Valarivan betters world record score, bags twin gold in KSS shooting

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 19 (PTI) ISSF Junior World Cup gold medalist Elavenil Valarivan bettered world record score to clinch gold medals in both 10m air rifle senior and junior categories at the 18th KSS Memorial Shooting Championship here today. Gujrat’s Valarivan bettered Chinese Ruozhu Zhaos world record of 252.4 en route to her twin medals at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range. While Valarivan shot 253 and bettered the Chineses record, the feat wont go down in the history books as ISSF, the world governing body for the sport, only considers tournaments held at a world or continental level. Indias teen prodigy Mehuli Ghosh could only finish with 251.7 and had to eventually settle for silver while another Manini Kaushik from Rajasthan bagged the bronze with 230.9 in the senior category. Valarivan shined in the junior category as well with a score of 252.3 to annex her second gold. West Bengals Mehuli stayed on track to continue her medal rush as she bagged the silver with 251.1 whereas Shreya Agarwal from Madhya Pradesh too continued her medal winning spree and claimed a spot on the podium with a score of 229.7. In the youth category, Yana Rathore of Madhya Pradesh bagged gold with 249.6 while Himachal Pradeshs Zeena Khitta grabbed the second spot with 248.5. Haryanas Nischal Singh finished third with a score of 225.1. The selection trail 5 was held simultaneously with the KSS Memorial Shooting Championship which saw Valarivan top the charts with a qualification score of 632.2 while Mehuli scored 629.7 and Manini took the third spot with 629.1. These points will be considered while the Asian Games and World Championships selections take place. PTI SSC SSCSSCadvertisementlast_img read more

Argentine pope consoles Brazil after soccer World Cup exit

first_img\R Vatican City, Jul 8 (AP) Pope Francis is trying to cheer up Brazilian soccer fans after the team’s quarterfinal exit from the World Cup.The pope, an Argentine and an avid soccer fan, noted a preponderance of Brazilian flags on display in St. Peter’s Square during his traditional Sunday blessing.He told the crowd: “I see a lot of Brazilian flags: Have courage! There’ll be a next time.” The five-time world champions left the World Cup empty handed after losing to Belgium in the quarterfinals, leaving only European teams contending for the title in Russia.Francis often meets with visiting national soccer teams, has a collection of gifted jerseys and frequently promotes the value of sports particularly for young people. Argentina was eliminated from World Cup contention in the first of the knockout rounds. (AP) APA APAAPAlast_img read more

India have slight edge over Pakistan because of MS Dhoni: Muralitharan

first_imgSri Lanka great Muttiah Muralitharan said India have a slight edge over Pakistan in the Asia Cup – the two arch-rivals will face off in Dubai for the first time since the Champions Trophy final in England last year.India are without Virat Kohli who has been rested for the tournament. Led by Rohit Sharma, India beat Hong Kong on Tueday but the focus will be on the high-octane clash on Wednesday.All the talk has obviously revolved around the India-Pakistan match and Kohli’s absence from the Asia Cup. Will his absence impact India’s chances? Will Pakistan ride high on their confidence of the Champions Trophy triumph?Who has the edge?India vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2018: Live ScoreMuralitharan, one of several cricketing superstars at Salaam Cricket 2018, picked India as favourites over Pakistan because of their experience and the presence of a certain player called MS Dhoni.”India have the edge because Pakistan are a young team. And they are improving. India have got the talent. A lot of their players have played a lot of ODIs, a lot of T20s… They have more exposure than Pakistan’s players,” Muralitharan said at Salaam Cricket.Read – Akram, Gavaskar discuss Virat Kohli’s absence from Asia Cup”And they key factor is that MS Dhoni is still behind the wickets. He can control a lot because of his experience. That gives a little more edge to India but Pakistan have also played in Dubai.. they know how to play here but India have a slight edge because of Dhoni.”advertisementRead – Wasim Akram backs India, Sunil Gavaskar backs Pakistan in Asia Cup 2018Meanwhile, India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh also backed India even without Kohli.”India are favourites even without Kohli. India’s batting is superior. They have not done well but forget about that. Those were different conditions but in Asian conditions, it will be tough to get Indian batsmen out. I think India are favourites not just because of their batting department.”In the bowling department too, India have a lot of depth with Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar fit and the two spinners, especially Kuldeep Yadav – he will be the key factor for India.”I would say India have a better chance than Pakistan. With all due respect Pakistan have done very well over the years,” he said at Salaam Cricket.Also Read – Kohli’s absence big relief for Pakistan bowlers: Misbah-ul-HaqOn Tuesday, India rode on Shikhar Dhawan’s 14th ODI hundred to beat Hong Kong by 26 runs.last_img read more

a month agoMan Utd winger James ruled out of Astana clash

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd winger James ruled out of Astana clashby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveDaniel James has been ruled out of Manchester United’s Europa League clash with Astana. The 21-year-old winger sustained a knock in Saturday’s win over Leicester City.Prior to Thursday’s tie, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “Yeah, he [James] got a knock against Leicester so he won’t be available.”Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial (thigh) are also unavailable for United’s first Europa League match of the season. last_img

Will Muschamp Addresses Josh Belk’s Visit To Clemson Over The Weekend

first_imgSouth Carolina's Josh Belk visits former teammates at Clemson.ABC ColumbiaJosh Belk’s transfer was one of the big wins of the off-season for the South Carolina Gamecocks. The fact that the team landed a former five-star player that was previously at hated rival Clemson made things even sweeter.Belk played in the first two games this year for the Gamecocks, before dealing with an ankle injury. He has been out since, and it seems like he will use a redshirt as he improves his conditioning.A member of the class of 2018, Belk was originally a Clemson Tiger early enrollee. After a few months on campus, he decided Clemson wasn’t for him, and elected to transfer, eventually settling on South Carolina.After a few months of waiting, the NCAA deemed him immediately eligible in late August.Josh Belk still has some friends at Clemson football, and while South Carolina football was at Ole Miss, he elected to head upstate to visit them.While there, Belk was spotted on the field after Clemson’s blowout win over Louisville by Greg Brzozowski of the local ABC affiliate in Columbia.Here’s the #Gamecocks’ Josh Belk at #Clemson with some former teammates after their 77-16 win over Louisville.Belk didn’t go with USC to Ole Miss, out since Georgia Sep. 8 (ankle). Clemson SID Ross Taylor says he was “not made made aware that Josh was attending today.”— Greg Brzozowski (@GregABCColumbia) November 3, 2018He wasn’t an invitee of Clemson, obviously, and probably had a ticket to the game. Clemson fans go on the field after every home game, as a tradition, so Belk was able to make it down.Will Muschamp was asked about it on Tuesday, and said he wasn’t aware of Belk heading to Clemson. South Carolina does not have a policy for what players that aren’t on the travel roster do during games. He says he addressed the situation with Belk.From The State:When Will Muschamp was first asked about his four-star freshman Josh Belk visiting Clemson while the Gamecocks were on the road at Ole Miss, he had a short answer.“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” Muschamp said Sunday night.He got asked about it again Tuesday and did know about it, dealing with it quickly and concisely.“Josh and I had a conversation,” Muschamp said. “We’re fine. We’re moving on.”Belk also addressed the situation on Twitter, saying that it was nice to see his former teammates, but also congratulating his team on the big road win.Good seeing my boys that I went in with, but on the other hand good #gamecock win. Back to business ?? #spursup— Josh Belk (@jbelk50) November 3, 2018Obviously South Carolina fans would rather not see their players commiserating with the arch-rival Tigers, but Belk obviously had a bond with some of the other players on the team, even if he only stuck around for a few months. It is also not at all uncommon for college students to visit friends at other schools. The optics are weird, but this is hardly a scandal.[The State]last_img read more

IMF and Gov’t reach staff-level agreement

first_imgJamaica and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have reached a staff-level agreement.This was revealed by Head of the IMF Mission to Jamaica, Jan Kees Martijn, during a press conference, held at the National Heroes Circle offices of the Finance and Planning Ministry, in Kingston, on Friday, February 15.The IMF is to present Jamaica’s economic programme to its Executive Board for consideration by March.“The Mission has reached a staff-level agreement with the Jamaican authorities on the key elements of a policy programme that can be supported by a four-year arrangement under the IMF’s Extended Fund Facility (EFF),” he said.A staff-level agreement means that the staff members from the IMF and the negotiating team in Jamaica have been able to reach a deal on Jamaica’s economic programme, which will be presented to the IMF Executive Board.Mr. Martijn explained that the Government’s economic reform programme will be reviewed by the IMF Management and then passed to the Executive Board for further consideration. The Board will review the timely implementation of prior actions to be taken by the Jamaican government and whether the Government has secured the necessary financing assurances.“Very important in this context, is that (Jamaica’s) authorities have announced a debt exchange that, along with fiscal adjustment and structural reform measures, will help reduce Jamaica’s financing needs and contribute to debt sustainability,” he noted.“In addition to continued support from international financial institutions and other creditors, the success of the authority’s programme will depend critically on a high rate of participation of private creditors in the debt exchange. All these elements will help secure financing assurances for a Fund-supported programme,” he added.Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, said in order to submit the programme to the IMF Executive Board by March, both the National Debt Exchange offer and the public sector wage negotiations must be successfully completed, with the requisite level of participation by all.“These actions will together, add more certainty to the Government’s ability to plan its expenditure over the medium term and to undertake the programme of economic reform with support from not only the IMF but from the other multilateral partners and bilateral partners who have traditionally offered support to the Government of Jamaica,” he said. The Minister pointed out that the growth strategy under its economic programme will centre on attracting significant investment in areas such as agriculture, tourism, shipping, port logistics, business process outsourcing, energy and manufacturing, among other things.“This growth strategy is driven by fiscal and monetary reforms aimed at creating a stable, predictable and resilient macro-economic environment, and is focused on reducing the public debt ratios to sustainable levels. The strategy is also underpinned by critical structural reforms, aimed at strengthening Jamaica’s external competitiveness and productivity, and it also aims at achieving strategic private and public investments, and social stability,” he said.Dr. Phillips further informed that the programme includes specific minimum targets for the expenditure on social protection measures and public capital expenditure, which is targeted at three per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per annum.“In the midst of the revenue raising measures, there is a fundamental commitment to the protection of the poor and the most vulnerable and marginalised sections of the population and also a commitment to ensuring that the critical public infrastructure to support growth is put in place,” he said.The Minister assured that the Government is deeply committed to the objectives and measures underlying the programme, and intends to pursue them with “focus and vigour”.“It is our programme for which we seek support from the Fund and from the multilateral institutions and our bilateral partners. We accept full ownership for what we need to do. We need to do this for our own survival as a country,” he emphasized.“We welcome the conclusion of this round of negotiations and look forward to a similarly favourable consideration by the Board of the Fund,” he concluded.The IMF team, which has been in the island since Tuesday, February 5, leaves the country, on Friday, February 15.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Cumberland County

first_imgCUMBERLAND COUNTY: Highway 104 Closure to Empty High-Sided Vehicle now includes Exit 4. Because of continued high winds on the Tantramar Marshes, Highway 104 is now closed to empty, high-sided vehicles between the New Brunswick border and Exit 4 at Amherst. -30-last_img

NS could see some rough surf gusty winds as tropical storm Jose

first_imgHALIFAX – A weakening post-tropical storm Jose could bring some gusty winds and rough surf to Nova Scotia as it chugs west.The Canadian Hurricane Centre says the system is forecast to drift slowly offshore, well southwest of the province, before making a turn southeastward Saturday.The centre says the storm has maximum sustained winds of 85 k/h and will take a couple of days to dissipate completely.Winds could gust up to 50 km/h over coastal areas around Yarmouth and Shelburne counties, but will quickly diminish.Rough surf along the Atlantic coast is also expected to subside, with swells up to two metres on the coasts of Shelburne and Queens counties.The centre says people should be careful along the coast due to the risk of dangerous rip currents.The hurricane centre is keeping its eye on another storm as well.The eye of Category 3 hurricane Maria was near the Turks and Caicos islands and expected to pass east of the Bahamas over the weekend.“If the current forecast guidance (for Maria) holds true through the weekend, the Canadian Hurricane Centre will likely begin to issue messages as early as Monday,” the centre said in an alert Friday.last_img read more

US says driving would be riskier if fuel standards tougher

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Trump administration says people would drive more and be exposed to increased risk if their cars get better gas mileage, an argument intended to justify freezing Obama-era toughening of fuel standards.Transportation experts dispute the arguments, contained in a draft of the administration’s proposals prepared this summer, excerpts of which were obtained by The Associated Press.The excerpts also show the administration plans to challenge California’s long-standing authority to enact its own, tougher pollution and fuel standards.Revisions to the mileage requirements for 2021 through 2026 are still being worked on, the administration says, and changes could be made before the proposal is released as soon as this week.The Trump administration gave notice earlier this year that it would roll back tough new fuel standards put into place in the waning days of the Obama administration. Anticipating the new regulation, California and 16 other states sued the Trump administration in May.Overall, “improvements over time have better longer-term effects simply by not alienating consumers, as compared to great leaps forward” in fuel efficiency and other technology, the administration argues. It contends that freezing the mileage requirements at 2020 levels would save up to 1,000 lives per year.New vehicles would be cheaper — and heavier — if they don’t have to meet more stringent fuel requirements and more people would buy them, the draft says, and that would put more drivers in safer, newer vehicles that pollute less.At the same time, the draft says that people will drive less if their vehicles get fewer miles per gallon, lowering the risk of crashes.David Zuby, chief research officer at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, said he’s doubtful about the administration’s estimate of lives saved because other factors could affect traffic deaths, such as automakers agreeing to make automatic emergency braking standard on all models before 2022. “They’re making assumptions about stuff that may or may not be the same,” he said.Experts say the logic that heavier vehicles are safer doesn’t hold up because lighter, newer vehicles perform as well or better than older, heavier versions in crash tests, and because the weight difference between the Obama and Trump requirements would be minimal.“Allow me to be skeptical,” said Giorgio Rizzoni, an engineering professor and director of the Center for Automotive Research at Ohio State University. “To say that safety is a direct result of somehow freezing the fuel economy mandate for a few years, I think that’s a stretch.”Experts say that a heavier, bigger vehicle would incur less damage in a crash with a smaller, lighter one and that fatality rates also are higher for smaller vehicles. But they also say that lighter vehicles with metals such as aluminum, magnesium, titanium and lighter, high-strength steel alloys perform as well or better than their predecessors in crash tests.Alan Taub, professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Michigan, said he would choose a 2017 Malibu over a heavier one from 20 years earlier. It’s engineered better, has more features to avoid crashes and additional air bags, among other things. “You want to be in the newer vehicle,” he said.An April draft from the Trump administration said freezing the requirements at 2020 levels would save people $1,900 per new vehicle. But the later draft raises that to $2,100 and even as high as $2,700 by 2025.Environmental groups questioned the justification for freezing the standards. Luke Tonachel, director of the clean-vehicle program at the Natural Resources Defence Council, said the risk from people driving more due to higher mileage is “tiny and maybe even negligible.”Under the Trump administration proposal, the fleet of new vehicles would have to average roughly 30 mpg in real-world driving, and that wouldn’t change through 2026.California has had the authority under the half-century-old Clean Air Act to set its own mileage under a special rule allowing the state to curb its chronic smog problem. More than a dozen states follow California’s standards, amounting to about 40 per cent of the country’s new-vehicle market.Asked if he thinks a freeze in U.S. mileage standards is warranted, EPA acting administrator Andrew Wheeler told a small group of reporters at EPA headquarters last week, “I think we need to go where the technology takes us” on fuel standards.Wheeler did not elaborate. Agency spokespeople did not respond when asked specifically if the EPA acting chief was making the case that modern cars could be both fuel efficient and safe.Wheeler also spoke out for what he called “a 50-state solution” that would keep the U.S car and truck market from splitting between two different mileage standards.The Department of Transportation said in a statement that the final fuel economy standards would be based on sound science. The department cautioned that a draft doesn’t capture the whole picture of the proposed regulation.The draft said a 2012 analysis of fuel economy standards under the Obama administration deliberately limited the amount of mass reduction necessary under the standards. This was done “in order to avoid the appearance of adverse safety effects,” the draft stated.___Krisher reported from Detroit.last_img read more

Further UN support crucial as TimorLeste tackles manifold challenges – Ban

Despite an improvement in the overall security situation throughout Timor-Leste, the country the United Nations helped shepherd to freedom in 2002 continues to face enormous challenges that will require long-term support, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report issued today.Mr. Ban notes that Timor-Leste is building on the gains of last year’s peaceful election and working to restore normalcy following the crisis that engulfed the fledgling nation in 2006, when fighting, attributed to differences between the eastern and western regions, led to the deaths of at least 37 people and the displacement of about 155,000 others – or 15 per cent of the population.“However, the first year of the new Government and Parliament remains a delicate time for the country,” the Secretary-General writes in his latest report to the Security Council on the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT), covering the period from 21 August 2007 to 7 January 2008. “The population has high expectations for tangible improvements in the quality of their daily lives, still marked by widespread poverty and unemployment,” he adds.The Security Council mission that visited the country last year highlighted several challenges that remain, including rebuilding the population’s confidence in State institutions, addressing the issue of internally displaced persons (IDPs), security sector reform, economic development, restoring stability, strengthening democratic structures and improving governance and the rule of law.Mr. Ban says that the national police service is one of the most critical institutions warranting sustained assistance, “given the continuing fragile environment in Timor-Leste and the level of confidence among the Timorese population in their security institutions.” He adds that daily public disturbances highlight the need for a continued UN police presence to carry out law enforcement duties until the national police is fully reconstituted, and that progress in the phased handover of policing responsibility will be one of the key elements in making any future adjustments to UNMIT’s police strength.Along with strengthening national police, Mr. Ban cites the “vital need” for sustained support to bolster the justice sector. While the UN and other key partners have contributed to strengthening judicial institutions and addressing gender and juvenile justice issues, the capacities of the national judicial and corrections institutions “are still insufficient to meet the country’s needs,” he points out.The Secretary-General recommends a 12-month extension of UNMIT’s mandate, stressing that its continuation “is crucial not only to ensure that the gains of the past year are not jeopardized, but also to support Timorese-owned solutions and self-reliance in addressing the many challenges ahead.”Bolstered following the 2006 crisis, UNMIT currently has a strength of 341 international staff, 806 national staff, 1,480 police officers and 33 military liaison and staff officers. 23 January 2008Despite an improvement in the overall security situation throughout Timor-Leste, the country the United Nations helped shepherd to freedom in 2002 continues to face enormous challenges that will require long-term support, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report issued today. read more

Mongohouse sues Canadas largest real estate board claims it has lost 50K

TORONTO — Property listings website Mongohouse is striking back at the Toronto Real Estate Board, claiming that it has suffered losses in excess of $50,000 after it was forced to abruptly shut down its website earlier this month.In a counterclaim and statement of defence filed Tuesday, lawyers representing and its creator, Maxim Mai, allege that the lawsuit brought against them by Canada’s largest real estate board was done under the “belief, knowledge or wilful blindness” that the claims were “without merit.”As a result of the court action, it alleges that both the website and Mai, of Richmond Hill, Ont., have lost revenue, employment income and future employment income due to reputation damage, according to the 75-page document filed in Federal Court.In September, the real estate board sued Mongohouse for $2 million, alleging that the website was illegally accessing, copying and distributing its proprietary data.The popular website, which provided publicly-accessible property listings and sold data, has been offline since Oct. 1.In its statement of claim, TREB alleged that Mongohouse infringed its copyrights by “employing various techniques to illegally data scrape” TREB’s proprietary information that it provides to its fee-paying members through its internal multiple-listings service (MLS). This data includes new property listings, descriptions, sold prices and photography.It goes on to claim that Mongohouse is profiting by its daily “unauthorized access” of this information, which it then displays on its website for free.But in its statement of defence, Mongohouse refutes the claim that it has ever “data scraped,” copied or distributed any information from TREB’s MLS system.It says the information used on its website is taken from public resources.“Mongohouse has never populated the website… with information from the TREB MLS system,” according to court documents. “The information on the website… has always been collected from publicly available and accessible sources rather from the TREB MLS system.Calling them “bald claims and conclusions,” the website says TREB has not provided any proof that its information is copyrighted, that it is still within the two-year statute of limitations to sue, and that it has suffered damages as a result, “let alone $2,000,000 in damages.”It also denied that there was evidence that the source of Mongohouse’s content came from TREB. In its lawsuit, the board had claimed that it placed “unique information” in its system and saw it appear on Mongohouse within 24 to 48 hours.“A simple search using Google reveals that the ‘unique information’ purportedly placed in the TREB MLS system to allegedly catch Mongohouse in the act of taking information from the TREB MLS system is widely available on publicly accessible websites, without even requiring a password,” said the defence claim. “Unlike TREB, Mongohouse has in fact verified that its source for the ‘unique information’ was widely a available and publicly accessible website and not the TREB MLS system.”Mongohouse did not name the sites it used to get its content, or detail the “unique information” it claims to have acquired.As such, the website says TREB can’t claim that it will “suffer injury, let alone ‘irreparable harm”‘ if Mongohouse is allowed to go back online, the documents argue.The lawsuit comes on the heels of a Supreme Court of Canada decision in August to not to hear a case where TREB was fighting to prevent home sales data from being posted on realtors’ password-protected websites.TREB, which represents more than 52,000 realtors across the Greater Toronto Area, had argued for seven years at three judicial bodies that allowing the data to be released would create privacy and copyright concerns.Earlier, the Competition Bureau had ruled that keeping the sold prices private was anti-competitive and stifled innovation.Realty brokerages are now permitted to post sales data in real-time on their password-protected websites.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. read more

Business Highlights

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Business Highlights by The Associated Press Posted Nov 11, 2014 3:51 pm MDT ___Ford gets the aluminum F-150 ready for prime timeDEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Russell Barnett, a Ford dealer in Tennessee, is ready for aluminum.Ford is using the metal almost exclusively in the body of the 2015 version of its bestselling F-150 pickup, which will arrive at dealerships next month. Barnett is already answering customers’ questions about the truck, and he’s updated his repair shop not only for the F-150, but in anticipation that other Ford vehicles will eventually make the switch from steel.But just in case, he ordered some extra steel-bodied 2014 pickups.Ford is doubling down on aluminum, which is lighter and more expensive than steel but just as tough. The new truck is the company’s response to customers’ requests for a more fuel-efficient and nimbler pickup. Ford hopes the advantages outweigh customer doubts about the durability of aluminum or potential repair costs for the pricier metal.___Businesses cash in as women chase bigger buttsNEW YORK (AP) — Gym classes that promise a plump posterior are in high demand. A surgery that pumps fat into the buttocks is gaining popularity. And padded panties that give the appearance of a rounder rump are selling out.The U.S. booty business is getting a big bump. Companies are cashing in on growing demand from women seeking the more curvaceous figures of their favourite stars, who flaunt their fuller rear ends.Nicki Minaj, for instance, raps about her “big fat” butt in “Anaconda.” Reality star Kim Kardashian posts photos of hers on Instagram. And in the music video for “Booty,” Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea, wearing leotards, spend four minutes rubbing their curvy bottoms together. At one point, they slap each other on the booty.___Obama steps into divisive debate on net neutralitySAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Let’s say President Barack Obama gets his way and high-speed Internet service providers are governed by the same U.S. regulations imposed on telephone companies 80 years ago.Depending on whom you listen to, the rules could unleash future innovation and create jobs — or stifle innovation and kill jobs. The divisive and often confusing debate has intensified now that Obama has entered the fray.Obama’s stance is meant to protect “net neutrality,” the concept that everyone with an Internet connection should have equal access to all legal content online. The idea served as one of the Internet’s building blocks, but its fate has been in limbo since January, when a court ruling invalidated Federal Communications Commission guidelines designed to treat all online traffic equally.___At a Glance: Pros, cons of mobile-payment systemsNEW YORK (AP) — Wireless? Bar codes? What’s the best way to pay with your phone?Apple Pay, Google Wallet and a few other services use a wireless technology called near-field communication, or NFC. With Apple Pay, the phone unlocks automatically when you hold it near the NFC reader on the merchant’s payment system. You’re then prompted to scan your fingerprint to authorize the transaction. Google Wallet isn’t quite as fast, as it requires a passcode.Some big merchants including Wal-Mart, CVS, Rite Aid and 7-Eleven are developing their own systems based on bar codes. Some have even disabled their NFC equipment in the meantime. Their system, CurrentC, is expected to debut next year. For now, bar-code payments tend to be made through apps for specific stores, such as Starbucks.___Top Italian banks healthier after EU testMILAN (AP) — The recent Europewide health check on banks is producing results for Italy, whose top two lenders on Tuesday posted a strong rise in quarterly profits after cleaning up their finances in anticipation of the test.While nine smaller Italian banks failed the test, putting a negative spotlight on Italy’s failure to generate economic growth, UniCredit and Intesa SanPaolo, the country’s two biggest banks, passed with strong marks.Before the test, the two banks cleaned out their books by writing off bad loans, a painful process that seems to be paying dividends. On Tuesday, both reported profits in the three months ending Sept. 30 more than doubling, early signs of recovery in the banking sector.UniCredit CEO Federico Ghizzoni told an analyst conference call that the test had rewarded “the strong effort UniCredit has made in the last year to strengthen our balance sheet.”___New pot shops on the block not always so popularDENVER (AP) — The booming new marijuana industry has an image problem. Not with government officials and the public — but with other businesses.From crime fears to smell complaints, new marijuana retailers and growers face suspicion and sometimes open antagonism from their commercial neighbours, especially in Denver, which now has 200 marijuana retailers and dozens of pot growing and manufacturing facilities.The strife went public last week along a once-forlorn stretch of highway south of downtown Denver now sprinkled with marijuana shops.About two dozen pot shops along this stretch of Broadway, often dubbed “Broadsterdam,” had a marketing idea for the upcoming holiday shopping season. Why not join forces with neighbouring antique shops to market the whole area as “The Green Mile”?___In socialist Venezuela, Barbie for the massesCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Socialism has embraced Barbie, just in time for Christmas.Mothers, grandmothers and beaming little girls are grabbing armfuls of the dolls in toy stores across Caracas, taking advantage of the government’s order that large chains sell the plastic figurines at fire-sale prices during the holiday shopping season.No sooner had saleswoman Crystal Casanova begun mounting a display of gleaming pink boxes on a recent weekday than a horde of women descended. Soon, she and her co-workers were letting customers grab the Barbies straight out of the Mattel-stamped cardboard cartons.Within minutes, the entire stock was gone, with the dolls selling for as little as 250 bolivars — $2.50 at the widely used black market conversion rate.___Hellmann’s owner sues over rival’s use of ‘Mayo’You have to break some eggs to make an omelet and, according to a lawsuit from the maker of Hellmann’s, the same goes for mayonnaise.The food company Unilever is suing a California company that uses the word “Mayo” in its sandwich spread name, saying that federal regulators and dictionaries define mayonnaise as a spread that contains eggs.The suit claims false advertising by the company Hampton Creek for labeling its plant-based product “Just Mayo.” Unilever says in a complaint filed in federal court that the word mayo implies that the product is mayonnaise, and Just Mayo is “stealing market share from Hellmann’s.”Hampton Creek CEO Josh Tetrick said his company isn’t trying to mislead consumers. It is focused on using plants to help make everyday food products better.___Veterans Day means freebies for those who servedSAN DIEGO (AP) — Army reservist Dennis Rances had a general idea of how he would spend Veterans Day with his military friends, and none of it required money.The Afghanistan war veteran figured they would start with a free breakfast, hop on their motorcycles for ride and then stop for a no-cost dinner. Not just food is on the house Tuesday, there’s also free admission at select theatres to the World War II film “Fury,” starring Brad Pitt.“Let’s go, dude!” said Rances’ Army veteran friend, Cesar Garcia. He stood among motorcycles outside a packed Denny’s in San Diego as fellow veterans wearing hats with Purple Heart logos and military T-shirts passed.Veterans Day is not only a time to honour those who have served in the military: For American businesses, it’s also a time to back up that appreciation with a freebie.___By The Associated Press=The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 1.16 points, or less than 0.1 per cent, to 17,614.90. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 1.42 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 2,039.68. The Nasdaq composite climbed 8.94, or 0.2 per cent, to 4,660.56.Benchmark U.S. crude rose 54 cents to close at $77.94 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, a benchmark for international oils used by many U.S. refineries, fell 67 cents to close at $81.67 on the ICE Futures exchange in London. Wholesale gasoline rose 0.3 cent to close at $2.104 a gallon. Heating oil closed unchanged at $2.469 a gallon. Natural gas fell 0.8 cent to close at $4.247 per 1,000 cubic feet. read more

Philippines UN ramps up aid for 6 million child victims of Typhoon

“While I had followed the reports of progress closely from UNICEF’s New York Headquarters, no statistics can adequately capture the physical and human challenges that remain,” UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Anthony Lake said today in Manila at the end of four-day visit to the Philippines.He was deeply impressed, he added, by the spirit of the people and communities working with the Government, UN and other partners to rebuild their lives and futures in the wake of super Typhoon Haiyan, which killed more than 6,000 people, and affected 14 million others overall, leaving 3.5 million of them homeless, when it struck on 8 November.UNICEF has mobilized experts from all over the world to support the relief effort, increasing the staff on the ground to over 100 to coordinate a plan for recovery to strengthen services for children and “will continue to support the rebuilding effort for the long term,” Mr. Lake said.This will include working with the Government and partners in supporting back-to-learning efforts, strengthening the child protection system, re-establishing and rehabilitating water systems and the cold chain for delivery of safe vaccines, and providing services to children threatened by malnutrition.Filipino communities are working together to clean schools, 193 classroom-sized tents have been erected for close to 20,000 students, and over 50,000 children are benefitting from UNICEF school supplies. UNICEF is providing child-friendly tents for children and “mother-baby” tents staffed with trained volunteers to help children process the pain of their experiences. “None of this could have been done without the support UNICEF has received for the Philippines from around the world, especially from individuals and private sector partners through our national committees,” Mr. Lake said.Meanwhile, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has sent in the first wave of emergency seeds for farmers who lost essential crops and supplies, restoring hope for a productive planting season and much-needed food for the coming year.“Seed distributions have come at a critical moment, considering the typhoon struck at the start of the planting season,” FAO’s Acting Country Representative Rodrigue Vinet said. “Without FAO support, these farmers would have been unable to plant rice by January, and would have had no harvest in March/April. This means they would have been unable to harvest rice for almost a year – until October or November 2014.”The seed donations were made possible through swift support from the Governments of Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom, the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and the general public, as well as with the mobilization of FAO’s own emergency funding mechanisms.FAO and its partners are already providing enough inputs for close to 55,000 hectares to be planted with rice seed in the December/January planting season.In addition to the seeds, 50-kilogramme bags of fertilizer as well as tools and small irrigation water pumps are being delivered. read more

Womens Lacrosse Ohio State beats Connecticut 1312 for first win over Huskies

Ohio State then-junior attack Molly Wood races up field against Penn State on April 12, 2016 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe Ohio State women’s lacrosse team held on to a close lead to defeat Connecticut Wednesday night 13-12 for the Buckeyes’ first win against the Huskies since 1999. Connecticut sophomore midfielder Olivia Miles scored with fewer than two minutes left in the game to bring Ohio State’s lead to one, but the Buckeyes held off the rally to secure the win. Ohio State (3-4) went on a 3-0 run early in the game and maintained the lead against Connecticut (4-4) for the remainder of the first half.The Buckeyes held the Huskies to a seven-minute scoring drought until a late free-position goal by Connecticut freshman midfielder Sydney Watson brought the score to 6-5 before halftime.Connecticut junior attacker Lexi Kennealy tied the game at 6-6 only 44 seconds into the second half. The Huskies inched ahead 7-6 following a goal by senior midfielder Kelsey Catalano. Buckeyes freshman midfielder Lindsay Epstein brought Ohio State back ahead with under 25 minutes left in the game, but the Huskies responded with two goals of their own to regain their lead. Redshirt senior attack Molly Wood scored a goal before junior midfielder Baley Parrott added back-to-back goals with under nine minutes left to give the Buckeyes a lead they would maintain until the end. Parrott led Ohio State with three goals and six draw controls. Wood also finished with three goals and five draw controls. The Buckeyes tallied 18 draw controls total compared to the Huskies’ eight. Ohio State held a one-shot advantage over Connecticut 29-28. The Buckeyes begin Big Ten when they face Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, at noon Saturday. read more

Australian innovator Bob Johnson inducted into the International Mining Technology Hall of

first_imgBob Johnson has spent his professional life providing vital services to the global mining industry. As a pioneer in the use of computer software for modelling resources in the mid 1970s, he met a need to provide quick turn-around on drafting coal boreholes. He demonstrated true innovation by extending that service into a unique solution for the mining industry with his first company Earth Science Computer Services. He founded Maptek in 1981 to develop mining software that could be operated easily by the geologists and mining engineers themselves.In 1986, Maptek’s first office overseas opened in Denver, Colorado. Eight more followed and Maptek offices can now be found in the US, UK, South Africa, Chile, Brazil, Peru and in Australia in Adelaide, Brisbane, Newcastle, Perth and Sydney.Today, Maptek provides highly regarded software and services across the mining execution value chain. These solutions provide a competitive advantage to operations by enabling them to make optimum use of their available data.His selection as the 2015 inductee was a closely fought contest with Sverker Hartwig, a driving force in advancing rapid underground development.Don’t forget to put your nominations in (to for the 2016 inductions. There are 12 categories:1.Exploration2.Underground development3.Underground Production4.Surface mining5.Comminution6.Concentration7.Mining software8.Safety9.Bulk handling10.Metallurgy11.Environmental management and stewardship12.Outstanding innovator.last_img read more

Chambery with new goalkeeper – Radivoje Ristanović

← Previous Story Asian Championship 2015: Japan beat Korea – Saudis surprise for Iran Next Story → 77 GOALS IN KATOWICE: Belarus beat Iceland Chambery SavoieRadivoje Ristanovic French Chambery have a new goalkeeper – Radivoje Ristanović. The 34-years old Montenegrian NT goalie, who participating at Men’s EHF EURO 2016 in Poland these days, signed six months contract with the French squad after period in German HBW Balingen.Ristanović has also played in Spain for Portland San Antonio, but also in Serbia (RK Partizan), Montenegro (RK Lovćen)…