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J&K parties say JKLF ban ‘will not achieve anything’

first_imgThe mainstream as well as separatist parties on Friday questioned the Centre’s move to ban the separatist Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) headed by Yasin Malik.“Mr. Malik renounced violence as a way of resolving J&K issue a long time ago. He was treated as a stakeholder in a dialogue initiated by the then Prime Minister (Atal Bihari) Vajpayee ji. What will a ban on his organisation achieve? Detrimental steps like these will only turn Kashmir into an open-air prison,” said former Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti.National Conference youth president Salman Sagar said the ban on Jamaat-e-Islami and JKLF “has weakened the idea of secular and federal India”.“Due to these events it’s difficult for the mainstream parties to plant the seeds of faith among masses regarding Indian democracy. May good sense prevail upon people at the helm,” said Mr. Sagar.Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said he strongly “denounced the ban”. “Such anti-Kashmir tactics will not change the reality of the Kashmir issue nor the urgency to resolve it,” said the Mirwaiz.last_img read more

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Brazil football star Neymar denies rape accusations in Paris

first_imgBrazil football player Neymar has denied accusations of rape contained in a Sao Paulo police report seen by Reuters, saying he had been the victim of an extortion attempt by a lawyer claiming to represent the woman he is alleged to have assaulted.The accusation was the latest blow for the Brazilian, who last month was stripped of the captaincy of the national team and has seen his international reputation suffer amid incidents of indiscipline.The woman alleged that Neymar had drunkenly assaulted her this month at an upmarket hotel in the French capital, where he plays for the Paris St Germain club.A statement issued by Neymar’s management on his website (www.neymaroficial.com) said the 27-year-old forward completely repudiated the allegations.”Although he was surprised by the news, the facts were already known to the player and his staff, considering that a few days ago he was the victim of an attempted extortion, practiced by a lawyer from Sao Paulo who said he represented the interests of the alleged victim,” read the statement.”The player’s lawyers were immediately notified and have since taken all appropriate steps.”We completely repudiate the unjust accusations and, above all, the exposure in the press of an extremely negative situation.”All evidence of attempted extortion and non-rape will be submitted to the police authorities in a timely manner.”According to the police report, the unnamed woman told investigators in Sao Paulo that she met Neymar on Instagram and he suggested they meet in Paris.advertisementNeymar’s assistant sent her plane tickets and on May 15 she checked in to the Hotel Sofitel Paris Arc Du Triomphe, according to her account.The Sofitel hotel did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The woman told police that Neymar arrived at the hotel that night “apparently drunk,” and that they talked and “caressed”.”However, at some point, Neymar became aggressive, and through violence, practiced sexual intercourse against the will of the victim,” the police report says.The woman told police she returned home to Brazil two days later without telling French police about the alleged rape because she was “emotionally shaken and afraid to register the facts in another country,” according to the report.Neymar’s father, Neymar Sr., earlier told local TV in Brazil the accusations were a trap and that his son would publish social media conversations with his accuser, if necessary.The player is in Brazil, training with the national football team ahead of this month’s Copa America. Late last month, the country’s football federation replaced him as captain for the tournament with his club mate Dani Alves.Earlier in May, Neymar was banned for three matches by the French football authorities for hitting a fan after PSG’s French Cup final loss to Rennes, and was also reportedly involved in a dressing room fracas with team mates.Paris St Germain did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Brazil’s football federation (CBF) declined to comment.Also Read | Neymar faces rape accusations, father says player set upAlso Watch:last_img read more

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Liverpool can still qualify despite hard lesson from Neymar and PSG

first_img Read more 50 50 16 Areola Share on LinkedIn PSG 2-1 Liverpool: Champions League – as it happened 1 Buffon 6 Verratti Neymar breaking from deep and Mbappé skipping clear of Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren was a recurring theme of the first half. The breakthrough stemmed from Mbappé’s low cross from the left. Virgil van Dijk scuffed his attempted clearance skywards, Gomez and Lovren were slow to react and Bernat steered a low finish beyond the wrong-footed Alisson.Verratti was dictating proceedings with style and far too much freedom but was fortunate to escape a red card for a late and high tackle that left Gomez writhing in agony. A yellow card was deemed sufficient, and the midfielder also sailed close to a second when clipping Jordan Henderson. Liverpool improved slightly after the opening goal but were still frequently overrun in midfield. They fell two behind when the Neymar-Mbappé combination exposed their midfield again. The Brazilian sent Mbappé scampering down the left and, though Alisson made a fine block to deny Edinson Cavani converting another low Mbappé centre, the rebound rolled perfectly for Neymar who made no mistake from six yards. The kick-off was delayed by his over-elaborate celebrations. 23 Draxler Paris Saint-Germain The finale may be how Liverpool like it – an all-or-nothing, death-or-glory Champions League decider at Anfield – but not how they want it. Jürgen Klopp lamented Neymar’s antics, the referee and Paris Saint-Germain gamesmanship but ultimately had only Liverpool’s lacklustre start to blame for another European away defeat. “A big step forward for us,” beamed Thomas Tuchel. Liverpool are in danger of finding reverse in the competition they cherish.Inspired by the infuriating but sometimes unplayable Neymar, PSG delivered a deeply impressive performance that finally lived up to their expensive ambitions among the European elite. They lost their shape and composure once James Milner halved a deficit delivered by goals from Juan Bernat and the world’s most expensive footballer but there was no disputing the merit of a victory that the French champions had to deliver. Champions League Share on Messenger 4 van Dijk 10 Neymar LIV PSG 8 Keita match reports 7 Milner ‘PSG made us look like butchers’ – Klopp sees red over Neymar antics 5 Marquinhos Read more Corners 9 Firmino (s 65′) The converted central midfielder was also denied by Alisson when he met Neymar’s corner with a towering header that the Brazilian keeper saved well. Andy Robertson stopped Mbappé with a superb challenge as he shaped to shoot inside the area as PSG finished confidently. Liverpool have it all to do on the final day, yet again. Read more Reuse this content Possession Liverpool’s James Milner scores from the penalty spot past Gianluigi Buffon of PSG. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Action Images via Reuters Liverpool (s 66′) 26 Robertson 5 5 27 Dagba 7 Mbappe-Lottin (s 77′) 4 Kehrer 34 N’Soki 13 Alisson 9 Cavani Substitutes 14 Henderson 13 Dani Alves 2 PSG Off target 2 Liverpool 9 PSG On target 0 Liverpool center_img Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 66 Alexander-Arnold Topics 12 19 (s 84′) 23 Shaqiri 3 Fabinho Lineups Twitter 6 Lovren 14 Bernat 2 Thiago Silva Goal attempts Fouls 17 Choupo-Moting 32 Matip Neymar, the great individualist of the age, gives less to provide more for PSG The Fiver: sign up for our daily football email. Substitutes Tuchel had conceded that PSG have a mental difficulty in switching from dominating in France, where they have won the last 14 domestic cup competitions and five of the last six league titles, to imposing themselves in the Champions League. Not here. His team started superbly and the problems in Paris belonged exclusively to those in red.The PSG coach, said Klopp, would have been working on a plan to avenge the 3-2 defeat at Anfield within seconds of Roberto Firmino’s winner. It materialised in a surprising 4-4-2 formation with Ángel Di María on the right and Neymar left. Not only did it afford the Brazilian space to wreak havoc against Liverpool’s pedestrian three-man midfield, it enabled Mbappé to preoccupy the visiting defence with his pace. With Marco Verratti commanding in central midfield and PSG a whirl of white as they opened at blistering speed, Liverpool were besieged from the off. There was absolutely no surprise inside the raucous Parc des Princes when they fell behind with only 13 minutes gone. LIV50PSG50% 3 Kimpembe 25 Rabiot 15 Sturridge (s 71′) Share via Email 22 Mignolet 11 Salah 12 Gomez Match stats 5 Wijnaldum Liverpool were passive but given hope when Di María conceded a penalty with a rash challenge on Sadio Mané. Mané invited the tackle superbly, beating Marquinhos deep in the PSG half before embarking on a piercing run that evaded one defender before Di María sent him sprawling just inside the area. The referee initially, bizarrely, awarded a corner only to be corrected by the additional assistant behind the goal. Milner sent Buffon the wrong way from the penalty spot and Liverpool, from out of nowhere, were back in the contest.PSG bemoaned the penalty decision all the way down the tunnel at the interval. One coach pursued the additional assistant referee with an iPad showing a replay of the incident. Their chaotic defending after the restart illustrated the destabilising effect of the Liverpool goal and offered Klopp’s team several chances to restore parity. But despite Liverpool regularly outnumbering PSG defenders Buffon was never tested. Firmino flashed a header wide and Mohamed Salah had a shot blocked on the edge of the area. The home crowd were growing restless, their anxiety not helped when Marquinhos had a goal disallowed for offside when converting a free-kick moments after the restart. Liverpool pressed for an equaliser in the second half but in vain, failing to register a shot on target other than Milner’s penalty in first-half injury time. Defeated in all three away games for the first time in the Champions League group stage, Klopp’s team must beat Napoli 1-0 or by a two-goal margin on 11 December to avoid early elimination. It is not beyond Liverpool by any means, and Carlo Ancelotti knows only too well the powers of their recovery, but a vastly improved European display will be required to avoid the rigours of the Europa League in the new year. The visitors’ midfield was bypassed regularly here by the speed and skills of Neymar and Kylian Mbappé. Their threat to Gianluigi Buffon in the PSG goal was virtually non-existent. Poor decision-making was not the sole preserve of the Polish referee Szymon Marciniak, whose qualifications for a fixture of heavyweight calibre were called into question by Klopp. PSG (s 65′) 10 Mane 11 Di Maria Liverpool Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest last_img read more

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Protest in Delhi Assembly over temple demolition

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Delhi Assembly monsoon session on Thursday witnessed a ruckus after ruling Aam Aadmi Party legislatures went near the Speaker’s podium shouting slogans against the BJP for demolition of Saint Ravidas Temple.The Speaker Ram Niwas Goel has to adjourned the Delhi assembly for 45 minutes after members of the ruling AAP came into well of the House shouting slogans against the BJP in connection with the recent demolition of a Ravidas temple. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe Assembly session began by offering condolences to former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and former Union Minister Sushma Swaraj, both of whom passed away recently. The APP leaders marched into the well of the House carrying posters and shouted slogans following which the session was adjourned for half an hour. “This House resolves that the Central Government has badly mishandled this issue by not supporting their cause in the Court of law which finally led to its unjustified and unfortunate demolition,” alleged by AAP legislatures. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe uproar continued when the session resumed after which the Assembly was further adjourned for 15 minutes. The Ravidas temple was demolished by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) earlier this month on the orders of the Supreme Court. Dalit protesters, who had taken to the streets to protest the demolition of the temple on Wednesday had brought traffic movement in several parts of Delhi to a standstill. The protesters asked the central government to rebuild the temple. The protest had turned violent on Wednesday night, leaving several people, including policemen, injured.last_img read more

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AAP to reach out to women

first_imgNew Delhi: The AAP has planned to reach out to the women at the ground level to gather a different support base from the women. Various surveys and internal study of the party also showed that the party has a strong voter base among the women in Delhi.Party’s women wing along with the leaders would go to the door to the women and talk to them. Here the party would focus on the issue of safety and also on education. ” Our party believes in the empowerment of women. The chief minister from him rallies also promised that after we get the full statehood he will make Delhi a safe city. We will take these messages to the women,” said a leader. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe party has also planned various door to campaign mostly by the local MLAs. ” In all these local meetings we see a huge number of women present. We believe that reaching to the women differently would help us,” the leader added. The party also launched a ‘Metro Campaign’ at the heart of the capital, Connaught Place this week. In order to speed up the full statehood movement, the women wing of the party started the campaign from the Rajiv Chowk Metro Station. As a part of the campaign, a team of four women was deployed at all eight gates of the Metro station. The team was seen appealing to passersby to vote for AAP candidates. The AAP volunteers also distributed letters, detailing the full statehood issue, written by party convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The letters were used to create awareness on the issue.last_img read more

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Religious Minorities Face Persecution in Morocco: US State Department

Rabat – Where does Morocco stand in terms of religious freedom? According to a report published by the US State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DLR), the Kingdom is not faring well.More than 99% of Moroccans are SunniSunni Muslims are the majority in Morocco. The US government estimates that 99 percent of the Moroccan population follows the Sunni doctrine, while the rest of the beliefs represent less than 1 percent. This minority includes Christians, Jews, Shia, and Baha’i Muslims, the latter being a messianic sub-current of Shi’ism. According to the Jewish community leaders cited by the study, there are about 3,000 to 4,000 Jews in Morocco, about 2,500 of whom live in Casablanca. Moroccan Christian leaders estimate that there are between 2,000 and 6,000 Moroccan Christians spread throughout the country, although some say it could be up to 50,000.Shia Muslim leaders estimate that there are tens of thousands of faithful in Morocco, the majority of whom are settled in northern Morocco. Shia foreign nationals come mainly from Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq. Finally, the Baha’i community is thought to have between 350 and 600 members across the country.Repressions of Religious Minorities“Some local Christians reported authorities pressured Moroccan Christian converts to renounce their faith.” This is one of the serious accusations contained in the US State Department’s report on the situation of religious freedoms in the world in 2016. The report speaks mainly of Moroccans who have a different religion from the state: Christians, Jews, Shiite Muslims, Baha’is, and other religious groups.While the 2011 Constitution guarantees freedom of worship, several religious minorities remain persecuted by society but also by the penal code in Morocco, a contradiction that the US State Department refers to on numerous occasion in its latest report.  “Fear of government harassment and reported societal, familial, and cultural pressure led some local Christians, Bahais, and Shia to refrain from public worship and instead meet discreetly in members’ homes,” stresses the report published August 15. “According to human rights organizations and local Christian leaders, the government occasionally detained and questioned Moroccan Christians about their beliefs and contacts with other Christian,” notes the DRL, which states that some Moroccan Christians have been “forced to abandon their faith.”During the arrest of a Moroccan Christian living in Salé, the police accused him of “apostasy” and wanted to “reconvert him to Islam,” says the report quoting the National Federation of Amazigh Associations (FNAA). The complaint lodged with the Ministry of Justice by the applicant in March 2016 was not followed by the initiation of an investigation, states the report. Christians are not the only religious minority persecuted in Morocco, the report adds, as “several non-Muslims were arrested and imprisoned for eating or smoking in public during Ramadan.”A Moroccan Shia leader, Abdou El Chakrani, is also cited in the report. Arrested in 2016 for “alleged financial improprieties,” El Chakrani “was targeted for his religious beliefs and his attempt to register an association affiliated with known Shia leaders,” according to Shiite officials quoted by the DRL.A confusing legal framework The US State Department point out several laws that undermine freedom of belief. Among them, “the fact that Sunni Islam and Judaism are the only religions recognized by the State for native Moroccans,” “the prohibition of criticizing Islam on public platforms,” “the criminalization of the rupture of the fasting during Ramadan for the people known to be Muslim,” or the specifications of the HACA which obliges Moroccan televisions and radios to dedicate 5 percent of their programming to Islamic content.Although the Moroccan Constitution guarantees freedom of thought, expression and assembly, Morocco is a sovereign Muslim state and Islam is the official religion. Thus, according to the report, the Constitution states that “the king holds the Islamic title of commander of the faithful, is the protector of Islam and is the guarantor of freedom of worship in the country.” The Constitution cites international conventions and insists on respect for universal principles of human rights. It stipulates, however, that this respect for international conventions must be “in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution, the constants and the laws of the Kingdom.”Criminal law prohibits any attempt by non-Muslims to “shake the faith” of Sunni Muslims and punishes any Muslim who has converted to another religion with six months to three years’ imprisonment and a fine of MAD 200 to 500. Moreover, according to the Moroccan legislation in force, freedom of conscience can only be combined in one sense: the conversion of Christians or Jews to Islam. The opposite is rejected legally and condemned socially.Intolerant societyThe outlook for societal acceptance of religious minorities is not getting any brighter, according to the State Department. The US report recalls the collective attacks in June 2016 against a man in Marrakech and another in Rabat for having smoked cigarettes during Ramadan. Moroccan Christians have also denounced pressure from their relatives and friends to convert to Islam or renounce their Christian faith.Finally, members of unrecognized religious minorities, including Shias, confessed that they practiced their faith in secrecy for fear of social harassment, professional discrimination, or potential violence by “extremists.” read more

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Curfew reimposed all Kandy school matches postponed

However the Police said the curfew has been re-imposed at 6pm this evening.Meanwhile all school cricket ‘big match’ games in Kandy have been postponed owing to the prevailing security situation in Kandy. (Colombo Gazette) A curfew has been re-imposed in Kandy from 6pm today to 6am tomorrow, the Police said.The tensions in the Kandy area eased this morning resulting in the Police deciding to lift the curfew at 10 this morning.

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Tourism in Sri Lanka takes a hit following violence and attacks

Some small hotel operators said that while the Kandy violence had forced some tourists to stay away, water pollution in Nuwara Eliya also contributed in a small way. However despite the assurance given by the Sri Lanka Tourism Devolopment Authority (SLTDA) that the Kandy district has fully returned to normalcy and bans on messaging platforms (WhatsApp, Viber) and Facebook had been lifted, tourists were still skeptical about the security situation.April is considered the Nuwara Eliya season when both local and foreign tourists flock to the hills.However most hotels and lodges in Nuwara Eliya, which are usually booked the entire month, saw a drop in demand this year. However this year the numbers have seen a drastic drop with just around 50 percent occupancy recorded following the Kandy violence.Several countries issued travel advisories following the violence in Kandy and lifted it after the state of emergency was lifted last month. As the hotel industry and the Tourism Ministry looked to address the concerns related to the Kandy violence, a fresh issue arose following two incidents where foreign tourists were attacked.One incident was an attack and attempted rape of a group of Dutch tourists in the southern coastal town of Mirissa while the other was an attack on a group of tourists from Israel.Both incidents were reported in the Dutch and Israel media and now threatens to see the issuing of a travel advise by some countries. Hotels in Kandy and even in the central hills in Nuwara Eliya are suffering from the after effects of the recent violence in Kandy. Sources at the Dutch embassy in Colombo said that the Dutch tourists who were attacked had not filed a complaint with the embassy over the incident as of last Thursday.The Police had also sought the assistance of the victims to identify the suspects involved in the incident but had no contact from the Dutch tourists by Thursday.It was reported that four tourists including a Dutch male and two women were assaulted at the Surf Bar in Mirissa on 8th April when they resisted the suspects attempting to sexually harass the women.The Police had arrested several suspects over the incident and they were remanded by court.The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) had ordered the Water Creatures Beach Guest Restaurant & Surf Bar to be closed following the assault on the tourists.Last week the Minister of Project Management, Youth Affairs and Southern Development Sagala Ratnayaka said that all hotels operating in Mirissa had been told they must register with the SLTDA.Ratnayaka held a meeting with the Police, relevant officials and hotel operators on the incident involving the group of Dutch tourists.The Minister said that he had advised the hotel owners to strictly follow the law with regards to registering with the SLTDA and also to adhere to the law on the sale of liquor.Tourism Minister John Amaratunga said that while six individuals had been arrested soon after the Mirissa incident the Police Officer in Charge (OIC) of the area had also been transferred.He said that the SLTDA had also requested Excise Commissioner to investigate how liquor was sold at the venue without a licence.The SLTDA was carrying out separate investigations on the legality of the business while the owners and management of the venue had been summoned to Colombo for an inquiry.The SLTDA had also decided to sponsor and bring down two of the victims from overseas for the Police identification parade.The Police had also been instructed to beef up security and patrolling of the area with immediate effect.Amaratunga said that he met with the Police top brass to revamp the tourist Police and ensure a larger presence in key tourist areas.In addition to the current 11 tourist police posts, 20 new areas had been identified and posts are to be set up at those locations shortly.Pictures by Easwaran Rutnam The manager at a leading hotel in Kandy said that usually during the April holiday season they record close to 80-90 percent of occupancy. The tourism sector has taken a hit in Sri Lanka following a combination of events, including recent violence in the central town of Kandy and attacks on foreign visitors in the south.Sources at Sri Lanka’s Tourism Ministry said that urgent steps are being taken to mitigate the impact the recent incidents will have on the tourism sector, the Asia Pacific Daily reported. read more

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Grounding of Boeing jet complicates Uniteds 2020 planning

CHICAGO — The grounding of Boeing 737 Max airplanes is making it harder for United Airlines to plan for next year.United executives told analysts Wednesday they can assume that the airline won’t get all the Max jets it was expecting from Boeing through next year, and it will grow a bit slower as a result.Chicago-based United expected to have 30 Max jets in its fleet by now and planned to receive another 28 next year.Max jets around the world have been grounded since March after two deadly accidents. Boeing has suspended deliveries, and it’s unclear when the plane will be allowed to fly again.United recently agreed to buy 19 used 737s, but airline executives say that’s unrelated to the Max grounding.The Associated Press read more

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UN court rules for Cambodia in Preah Vihear temple dispute with Thailand

Following Cambodia’s independence, Thailand occupied the 900-year-old Hindu temple in 1954. The temple and its vicinity have long been a bone of contention between the neighbours and have in recent years led to deadly clashes between them.In a June 1962 judgment, the ICJ found that the temple is situated in territory under the sovereignty of Cambodia, and that Thailand is under an obligation to withdraw any military or police forces, or other guards or keepers, stationed at the Temple or in its vicinity on Cambodian territory.In April 2011, Cambodia requested the ICJ to interpret the 1962 Judgment, arguing that while Thailand recognizes Cambodia’s sovereignty over the temple itself, it does not appear to recognize the sovereignty of Cambodia over the vicinity of the temple.In its decision today, the Court declared unanimously that the 1962 Judgement decided that Cambodia had sovereignty over the whole territory of the promontory of Preah Vihear, and that Thailand is obligated to withdraw its forces from that territory.It also affirmed that the temple, which was inscribed in 2008 on the World Heritage List drawn up by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is a site of religious and cultural significance for the peoples of the region. In this respect, the Court recalled that Cambodia and Thailand – which are both parties to the World Heritage Convention – must cooperate in the protection of the site as a world heritage. In addition, each State is under an obligation not to “take any deliberate measures which might damage directly or indirectly” such heritage. Established in 1945 under the UN Charter, the ICJ – sometimes referred to as the World Court – settles legal disputes between States and gives advisory opinions on legal questions that have been referred to it by authorized UN organs or specialized agencies. read more

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Paying tribute to victims of Paris attacks UN chief says today I

Alongside the mayor of the city, Anne Hidalgo, Mr. Ban placed a bouquet of flowers in front of the Bataclan concert hall, and bowed his head. Tens of bystanders applauded the gesture, chanting “merci merci, Monsieur Ban Ki-moon.”Next, the UN chief visited “La Bonne Bière,” one of the targeted restaurants where five people lost their lives.“Today, I too am Parisian,” said the Secretary-General sitting inside the café, with Mayor Hidalgo and other top UN officials. “I am very moved. To the families and loved ones of the five people who were killed here, and to all the victims of the barbaric attacks on 13 November, I present my sincere condolences.”Drinking a coffee, he said Paris is a symbol of culture and of the “art of living,” and noted that the reopening of the café ten days ago is also symbol of resistance to terror.“In this regard, the Government of France’s decision to maintain the UN climate change conference shows its determination to uphold the values of the United Nations: liberty, peace, equality and justice,” he said.Earlier today Mr. Ban continued his work related to the UN climate change conference (COP21), meeting with African environmental ministers. He reiterated his belief that “Africa has an enormous stake in the conference’s success.”“Your personal engagement and ownership are essential to securing the ambitious agreement that Africa’s people and the entire world need,” he told them. “Already, your leadership has helped make 2015 a year of opportunity.”Meanwhile, this morning on the banks of the Seine, Mr. Ban visited the Tara, a scientific exploration research vessel which travels the world sampling water and collecting plankton, one of the planet’s major oxygen producers.“For 10 years, Tara has sailed the oceans, monitoring the marine the changes in the ocean, particularly degradation of marine environment. They have been measuring and providing data to our scientific community to that we can better address climate change,” Mr. Ban told reporters.On the Tara, the UN chief also spoke with a dozen children, who have family members working on the vessel.“It is important that we must preserve our oceans healthy so that we can have a healthy and prosperous planet. Our planet is 70 per cent oceans. It is the basis of our life,” Mr. Ban stressed.The Tara has been in Paris since November at the invitation of Mayor Hidalgo to raise awareness about COP21, and will remain on the Parisian banks through 18 December.As the second and last week of the United Nations conference begins tomorrow, the UN chief also highlighted today that he is “optimistic and confident” that the world will have a universal and ambitious agreement, while urging Member States to look beyond their national boundaries. read more

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Goodman students stock rises after acing national competition

A national finance competition has named fourth-year Goodman School of Business student Ishan Patel among its top one per cent of best performing finance portfolios.The portfolio management challenge run by Capitalize for Kids, a non-profit organization supporting children’s brain and mental health programs, saw 1,500 students from across Canada participate in a virtual trading competition from Oct. 2 to Dec. 29, 2017.In results released earlier this month, Patel’s stock portfolio was listed as 15th out of 1,500.Starting with $1-million in virtual currency, students bought and sold stock through the simulation with a goal to grow their portfolio as much as possible over 12 weeks.The top 200 performers were invited to submit a written report detailing the strategies and analysis they used.While Patel originally ranked 20th, he rose to the 15th spot after his report was evaluated.Fifty of the highest-ranking students will also benefit from industry-specific mentorship after they are paired with leaders in asset management and investment banking industry.Patel has been managing an investment portfolio on his own for the past two years and is the President of the Brock Finance and Investment Group, a Goodman School of Business student club that focuses on finance and investment education and manages a student-run portfolio.The Brampton native, who also works part time at Scotiabank and Brooks Brothers, hopes to pursue a career in wealth management where he can combine his love of investment banking and connecting with customers.Patel spends the rest of his waking hours at Goodman’s Bloomberg research lab, which is equipped with Bloomberg software to research and analyze financial information.“I’m in the Bloomberg lab every time I’m free,” he said. “It’s great to be able to rely on the financial database available to us as students and we can use that information as a reference point when making investment decisions.”Goodman School of Business Dean Andrew Gaudes said Patel’s success in the investment challenge shows students are prepared to handle the world of investment banking.“We’re very proud of Ishan’s accomplishment,” he said. “Goodman prepares students to understand environmental context and make decisions and I am confident that the experience Ishan has had at Goodman, not only in the classroom, but also with student clubs, has prepared him well for a competitive environment like this.” read more

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No 24 Drake women pull away in 4th to beat Bluejays 8569

OMAHA, Neb. — Becca Hittner scored 15 of her 23 points in the fourth quarter to help No. 24 Drake pull away for an 85-69 victory over Creighton on Wednesday.Hittner matched her season high and surpassed 1,000 points in her career for the Bulldogs (7-1). She was 3 for 3 on 3-pointers and made 10 of 12 free throws to lead Drake’s 18-for-21 shooting at the line.Drake outscored the Bluejays 13-3 to start the fourth quarter to stretch its lead to 75-62. Creighton (1-4) got no closer than 11 points the rest of the way.Sara Rhine added 17 points and 13 rebounds and Sammie Bachrodt had nine rebounds for the Bulldogs. Drake shot a season-best 13 of 28 on 3-pointers.Creighton’s Temi Carda scored 18 of her career-high 20 points in the second half, and Audrey Faber and Payton Brotzki had 11 points apiece.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25The Associated Press read more

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Want to age like a Hollywood actress Go to bed at 8pm

first_imgAnna Friel is the cover star of the May issue of Red Anna FrielCredit:Paul Empson/Red magazine “Before, there was an element of ‘I don’t deserve it’ or ‘I’m not good enough.’ Now I don’t waste my time on that negative energy.”An actress for 27 years, she will star in BBC One drama Broken in May.The full interview appears in the May issue of Red, on sale 4th April.For further exclusive content, please go to www.redonline.co.uk “I had to sacrifice that. It gets harder because I can’t just accept jobs that are in England.”Her ex-partner, Harry Potter actor David Thewlis, lives nearby, but pays only for school fees and a nanny, Ms Friel said. “I pay the rest. I’ve always been independent and financially supported myself since I was 16. It’s meant that I can be in relationships, or not be in them, because of love rather than need,” she said.”I’m still friends with all my exes. We don’t see each other as much but you have to be grownup about these things,” she added. Dating is something you “just get on with”, she said. “It’s not at all romantic, it’s more; ‘let’s see how this goes.'”She said ageing has made her “bit more grounded and a little wiser”.  ‘It gets harder because I can’t just accept jobs that are in England’Credit:Paul Empson/Red magazinecenter_img The secret to ageing well is going to bed at 8pm, according to Anna Friel.The 40-year-old Brookside star let slip the secret behind the lengthened youth of Hollywood actresses – they get a very early night. “I think it’s important for real women to know that there are personal trainers involved and [looking like that] probably means no carbs, or just a few in the morning, and going to bed at eight or nine,” she said. “It’s a massive discipline and you have to ask yourself; ‘Is that the life I want?’ I want a happy medium.” Ms Friel added that despite her agent’s pleas she would not return to America to work because it would mean her daughter Gracie, 11, would not be able to see her father.She said: “I just love being a mum. My agents would love me to go back there [to America] but you choose a career in America or you take your child away from their father.  The 40-year-old actress, who shot to fame in Brookside, talks frankly about self-acceptance, success and life as a single mother. 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

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge play Christmas elves for children of RAF

During the festive period there will be 11,000 sailors, soldiers, airmen and marines deployed on operations.Service personnel have been sent on 30 operations in 35 countries across the globe from Somalia and South Sudan to Kuwait and Ukraine.The Duke is Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire which is home to Typhoon squadrons which deploy to Cyprus and fly operations in support of Op Shader, the UK’s contribution to the ongoing campaign against Isis. The Duke and Duchess hosted a party at Kensington Palace He suggested making sweets was his forte at this time of year. “She does the cards and I do the chocolate,” he said, gesturing to Kate.Palace aides said the Duke and Duchess had particularly wished to deliver a message of support to deployed personnel and to acknowledge and honour the fact many are away from their families at this time of the year. In a speech to the children, parents and grandparents of those serving at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire and RAF Marham in Norfolk, the Duchess said: “William and I just wanted to pass on our huge gratitude to all of you here today. “The absence of people you love must be especially hard at this time of year. William and I, however, hope that today shows, in some small way, how much you are all valued.” – The Duchess of Cambridge, at today’s Christmas Party for @RAFCGY @RAFMarhamMedia families. pic.twitter.com/vtnrMmecin— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) December 4, 2018 Prince William catches a fake snowball thrown by staffCredit:PA The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have taken up new positions as Santa’s little helpers today, as they prepare to hand deliver Christmas presents for the children of service men and women fighting ISIS overseas.The Duke and Duchess, who have three children of their own, hosted a Christmas party for RAF families at Kensington Palace, inviting their young visitors to join in activities from cracker making to snow globe decorating.Asking children to bring any presents or letters they would like to give their mothers and fathers serving overseas, the Duke and Duchess will gather them from a special post box to hand deliver tomorrow.On Wednesday morning, they will fly to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus, where military personnel from RAF  Coningsby and RAF Marham are deployed to support Op Shader, the UK’s contribution to the ongoing campaign against Isis.There, they will personally hand over letters and gifts from children to their parents, delivering a message of thanks for their service throughout the Christmas period. The royal couple spent an hour and a quarter chatting to the families at the party inside the pavilion next to the orangery at Kensington Palace, as musicians from the Honourable Artillery Company played Christmas carols and children made chocolate truffles, threw fake snowballs, and played party games. The Duchess of Cambridge takes part in a mock snow ball fight with childrenCredit:Richard Pohle Duke of Cambridge sits with Harry, fiveCredit:Richard Pohle The Duke and Duchess helped make the festive treats and cards and joined in one game, Santa’s Footsteps, in which they had to pretend to be reindeer seeking sweets. The Duchess also briefly joined in a snowball fight with the children before thinking better of it and handing her cotton wool snowballs over to the children. The Duchess of Cambridge meets children from RAF families The Duchess of Cambridge meets children from RAF familiesCredit:Richard Pohle The Duchess of Cambridge meets Harry and his snowman lollypopCredit:Richard Pohle As the Duke made chocolate truffles with Harry, his wife spoke to other families, including nine-year-old twins Isabelle and Elizabeth and their mother Rebecca from Marham.The twins said that their father, Marc, a corporal in RAF Supplies and Logistics is currently posted in the Falklands, prompting the Duchess to discuss penguins. “I hear penguins are very smelly,” she told the girls. The Duchess of Cambridge takes part in a mock snow ball fight with children “We are really looking forward to flying to @RAFAkrotiri in Cyprus tomorrow and meeting some of the mums and dads of the little ones we have met today. I am sure they will be thrilled with all your cards and gifts, so thank you for posting them today.” – The Duchess of Cambridge pic.twitter.com/zuqksDngeb— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) December 4, 2018 One woman asked the Duke why he had not brought his own children to the party. As he crouched down making truffles with RAF children, he replied: “Because I can’t do this and look after the children.” Prince William catches a fake snowball thrown by staff “Not only are we grateful for you coming here to join our party, but also for the sacrifices you make on a daily basis on behalf of the nation.” Duke of Cambridge sits with Harry, five Among the families there were Barrie and Ann Macdonald from Manchester who are looking after their grandson Harry, five, in Coningsby  while his mother, Claire – their daughter – and father Paul, both wing commanders, are away in Afghanistan and Cyprus respectively.The Duchess paid tribute to the couple for moving in to look after Harry, whose father will not be home until January and mother until February. “So you are looking after Harry, are you? It’s amazing that families pull together like this,” she said.  The Duke and Duchess hosted a party at Kensington PalaceCredit:PA She recalled being left at home when the Duke was serving as an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot, not least when he spent six weeks in the Falklands in February and March 2012.“As someone whose husband has served, I know how hard it feels when a loved one leaves home to do the job they’ve trained for,” she said.“When William served in the Falklands or went search and rescue, I remember how it felt. But I can’t imagine how it feels when your loved ones are away on active service over Christmas or at those special family moments. Father Christmas arrives at Kensington Palace “The absence of people you love must be especially hard at this time of year.“William and I, however, hope that today shows, in some small way, how much you are all valued.“ We should never forget our military families and all the service you do for us all.”The party was attended by around 200 guests, including one very special visitor: Father Christmas.Children, joined by the Duke and Duchess, were offered the chance to move around stalls for stocking decorating, cracker making, snow globe decorating and creating Christmas party kits. The Duchess of Cambridge meets Harry and his snowman lollypop Father Christmas arrives at Kensington PalaceCredit:PA They work alongside 31 Squadron, a Tornado GR4 unit based at Raf Marham in Norfolk, which is also involved with the campaign.RAF Akrotiri is the home of the Cyprus Operations Support Unit which provides joint support to British Forces Cyprus and operations in the region to protect the UK’s strategic interests. read more

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Babcock expands into mining and quarrying fleet management

first_imgGlobal quarrying major Lafarge has awarded Babcock International Group a £100 million, ten year contract to provide a fleet managed service for its Heavy Mobile Equipment (HME) located across its Aggregate and Cement sites in North America. The programme follows a £50m fleet management contract awarded to Babcock in July 2011, which covers Lafarge’s Aggregate and Cement sites in the UK. The company told IM that it is also actively looking at opportunities in the mining sector for the provision of similar fleet management and optimisation services.Babcock is delivering a whole lifecycle approach to managing Lafarge’s fleet of vehicles and equipment, from procuring and supporting the equipment through to arranging equipment disposal. The contract covers HME including vehicles such as loaders, heavy rigid and articulated trucks, excavators, and bulldozers. The statement said: “Through Babcock’s proven partnering approach, Lafarge will be able to focus on their core activity of delivering world class materials, whilst benefitting from the efficiencies, a multi-jurisdictional overview of its fleet operations, and the sharing of best practice that this new service will deliver.” Neal Misell, Babcock’s Managing Director, Mobile Assets added: “This contract marks a significant milestone with Lafarge. Following the successful UK roll out, our dedicated team in North America is ready to deliver the highest level of support to Lafarge’s Aggregates and Cement businesses, enabling transformation in the way the fleet is operated and managed.”last_img read more

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First half year tourism on the rise

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece depends on its picturesque islands, sunny beaches and ancient monuments for export revenue as it struggles to fix its fiscal woes and is implementing reforms prescribed by the EU and the IMF in exchange for bailouts. After two years of sharp drops, tourism industry bodies have seen a pick-up in arrivals and revenues by up to 10 per cent this year. “Data confirm our estimates for a 10 per cent rise in arrivals,” Andreas Andreadis, head of the Greek Tourism Enterprises Association (Sete) told Reuters. “We can only wait to see whether revenues also follow, as we expect.” About six million tourists travelled to Greece in the first seven months of the year, according to Sete and Athens International Airport data. Tourism receipts grew 12.6 per cent year-on-year in the first half of 2011, the central bank said on Thursday. Greece has lost market share in what have traditionally been its top markets, Germany and Britain. However, due to the financial crisis, the number of visitors from Balkan countries and Russia is growing, Andreadis said. Tourism accounts for about 16 per cent of Greece’s 230 billion euro economy and employs one in five people. The industry has benefited from the political unrest in North Africa destinations but Andreadis warned sunny days would not last forever as rival countries, such as Egypt, would soon recover. “It is very important for the country that tourism maintains this growth trend in the following years,” he said, adding that the state had to push through much-needed reforms in the sector. “We have to activate the reflexes of this state, which in some cases can be very slow.” Source: Athens Newslast_img read more

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TCI National Honours published National Song writer Tourism lecturer among 37 named

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBlythe Clare#TurksandCaicos, October 18, 2017 – Providenciales – Click on the following link to see the recipients and recommended conferment in accordance with the National Honors and Awards Ordinance 2014.  The criteria for selection and recipient profiles are appended.Natl Honours & Awards list 2017http://magneticmediatv.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Natl-Honours-Awards-list-2017.pdf Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Ft Hunter Liggett Neighbors Explore Partnership Opportunities

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Officials from Fort Hunter Liggett (FHL) and neighboring communities have signed a series of partnership agreements to leverage each other’s resources and improve services at the installation and the surrounding region near the central California coast.“We already have a history of working with many of these community partners,” said FHL Commander Col. Jan Norris. “These agreements [solidify] our partnerships and give us a platform to further enhance what we can do for each other.”FHL and community partners have been meeting for the last four months to discuss potential partnerships which culminated with a signing ceremony at Hartnell College in King City, reported FHL Public Affairs. Two of the agreements address fire safety and encroachment.FHL will assist the local Fire Safe Council and County Emergency Response Team by providing personnel to conduct fuel reduction activities outside the post. Activities will include clearing existing fire breaks and constructing an escape route for residents.The installation will partner with the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo to identify parcels outside of FHL that could be protected through conservation easements under the Army’s Compatible Use Buffer Program. The two also will work with landowners to negotiate transactions.Under a partnership under discussion, Mee Memorial Hospital would provide personnel to operate the post’s medical clinic at FHL. Separately, officials have discussed collaborating with the Salinas Valley Solid Waste Authority to supply woody biomass for the new waste-to-energy plant the post is building, FHL spokeswoman Amy Phillips told 360.“What we’ve accomplished in just three meetings, to have almost a dozen contracts to sign, is an amazing feat,” said Charles Lubeshkoff of Marstel Day.Marstel Day’s community partnership teams have helped more than 30 installations engage local leaders to reach partnering agreements with neighboring municipalities. Over the past four years, the environmental planning firm has identified more than 350 potential partnerships and coordinated more than 90 signed agreements for installations and surrounding communities.“We do this by inviting stakeholders to workshops, identifying opportunities for partnerships, and facilitating the partners to transform the good ideas into enduring drafted agreements,” said Charles Bradshaw of Marstel Day.last_img read more

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