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Ghumot to be Goa’s heritage instrument

first_imgGhumot, Goa’s indigenous traditional percussion instrument made from an earthen vessel, will be notified as a heritage instrument of Goa, Art and Culture Minister Govind Gaude said on Monday.The instrument was banned due to the use of the skin of the endangered monitor lizard for the drum membrane. In recent years, ghumot makers have started using goat skin instead. A few years ago, minister Rohan Khaunte had made a case to lift the ban by using permissible material. Goa Chief Conservator of Forest Santosh Kumar said the ban is applicable to the use of any animal listed in the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, and that the goat is not one of them.last_img read more

(Reopens LGD 58)

first_imgThe bench trashed the contentions of the BCCI against the presence of nominees of CAG and AG in the board saying that they would act as “conscience keepers of the State Association and BCCI in financial matters” and would not “adversely” impact their work of promoting the game of cricket.The vehement opposition of the recommendation that BCCI would be funding players association was also not accepted by the apex court.It said that the players who had played the game are “better equipped to understand its nuances, its challenges and concerns relevant to its development and promotion cannot be left out from the management” and favoured the recommendation that two positions in the apex council be filled up by two players – one male and one female, who would be recommended by the players association.Dealing with the proposed funding of players association by the BCCI, it said that the panel has not specified the extent of such assistance.”It would, therefore, be reasonable to presume that the extent of financial support which the association may be given is left to the discretion of the BCCI. If that be so, we do not see any merit in the objection raised by the BCCI that such support need not be given or would unduly burden the BCCI.”An association of cricket players would doubtless give to the cricketing community not only an opportunity to contribute to the promotion of the game but a sense of participation also so very important for the promotion of a game that brings so much joy and feelings of nationalism among our countrymen. Financial support, to the extent possible, having regard to the resources available with the BCCI and its financial commitments in other areas relevant to the game is not therefore an unacceptable idea,” the bench said.advertisementThe key recommendations of bringing BCCI under RTI and legalising betting in the sport was not approved by the apex court which left these issues to be addressed by Parliament and the Law Commission.”We are not called upon in these proceedings to issue any direction insofar as the above aspect is concerned. All that we need say is that since BCCI discharges public functions and since those functions are in the nature of a monopoly in the hands of the BCCI with tacit state government and central government approvals, the public at large has a right to know and demand information as to the activities and functions of the BCCI especially when it deals with funds collected in relation to those activities as a trustee of wherein the beneficiary happens to be the people of this country,” the bench said. (MORE) PTI MNL SJK RKS ZMNlast_img read more

PV Sindhu non-committal on aerated drink tie ups

first_imgOlympic silver medallist PV Sindhu signing up with an Ayurvedic health drink along with coach Pullela Gopichand sparked speculation that the disciple may go the guru’s way in avoiding products like areated drinks that are considered unhealthy.But Sindhu side stepped a question posed by India Today if signing up with a health drink means she would adopt a policy to avoid aerated drinks in future. “All I would like to say is that I am happy to promote a healthy product from a credible group like Sri Sri Ayurveda.”Sources in the industry read her non committal response to keeping the option open with two major multinationals involved in cut throat competition in the cola business and always on the look out for the next youth sensation.However it’s unlikely that Sindhu would sign up an aerated drink contract in the immediate future given her two year health drink deal and the contradictory message it may send to the consumer.Gopichand had famously taken the brave call to reject a lucrative cola endorsement offer after winning the all England Championships in 2002. “I didn’t want to endorse something that I personally didn’t use. It was a very personal decision which I took many years ago,” he says.Sindhu’s managers when asked if Sindhu had taken a decision one way or the other on aerated drinks had this to say. “Sindhu is a product of Gopi who has always stood for health. If such an offer were to arise, its a decision Team Sindhu would take collectively,” said a spokesman from her agency Baseline Ventures.advertisementIn a careful selection of brand tie ups after her Olympic success, Sindhu has signed up with brands in the banking, health care, FMCG segment and taken up some government initiatives.last_img read more

Richa Chadha quashes rumours of dating Angad Bedi

first_imgRicha Chadha has flatly denied rumours of a link-up with Inside Edge co-actor Angad Bedi.Richa and Angad were spotted together at the 6th edition of Sportsperson of the Year Awards 2017, along with actress Taapsee Pannu and shuttler PV Sindhu on Thursday.When prodded about the rumours, Richa told the media, “There is nothing going on like that.”Angad simply nodded his head affirmatively. Rumours of Richa and Angad dating have been doing the rounds for a while now.A source was quoted as telling Mumbai Mirror a few days ago, “Richa recently moved to Versova (Mumbai) and Angad worked alongside the packers to smoothen out the process of settling into a new home for her. Since then she has been regularly dropping by a city studio where he is currently shooting for his next film and is a constant source of motivation.”Richa and Angad’s spokesperson told the tabloid, “They hadn’t met until they started to work together and have been spending time together since. They have hit it off really well.”Now, seems like it was all mere speculation.Angad and Richa will be seen together in upcoming web series Inside Edge, which will have cricket as its backdrop.Asked about their sports interests, Angad, son of former cricketer Bishan Singh Bedi, said, “I have a sports background, so obviously I have followed sports from childhood. I have been following the India-West Indies cricket tour and now also Wimbledon has started, I have been following that as well.”advertisementRicha said, “I watch other sports events like Olympics if India is part of it. It isn’t as though I don’t have any interest in sports. I am interested in other things in life, so it’s hard to find more time to add more interests. I enjoy cricket the most, then football, badminton and squash.”ALSO READ: If Modi knew how women are harassed on Twitter, he would put a stop to it, says Richa ChadhaALSO READ: Link-up rumours from B-Town that grabbed eyeballsALSO READ: Fiction can go to incredible heights, says Shraddha Kapoor about stories linking her with Farhan AkhtarALSO WATCH: Yuvraj-Hazel to Bipasha-Karan, the biggest celebrity weddings of 2016last_img read more

Hall of Fame Open: Leander Paes and Marcus Daniell crash out in semifinal

first_imgVeteran Leander Paes could only match his season’s best performance as he lost a fiercely-fought semifinal alongside partner Marcus Daniell at the ATP Hall of Fame Open here Sunday.Paes and his Kiwi teammates, seeded third, lost 6-3 6-7(8) 9-11 to the unseeded combo of Marcel Granollers and Sergiy Stakhovsky.With his semifinal appearance he became the oldest ATP Tour semi-finalist since John McEnroe (47) at 2006 San Jose. He is likely to get to 72 from 75 when new rankings are issued.It is the fourth time this season that Paes has reached the semifinals on the ATP World Tour, reaching the same stage at Lyon (May), Marrakech (April) and Montpellier (February) in the first half of the season.With 766 tour wins, Paes is sixth on the all-time doubles match victories. He is just one of six players to pick up 750 tour-level doubles match wins, which he achieved in April 2018.Read more | Indonesia Open 2019: PV Sindhu loses one-sided final to Akane YamaguchiAlso see:last_img read more

Himanta Biswa Sarma elected as vice president of Badminton Asia Council

first_img Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiMay 26, 2019UPDATED: May 26, 2019 13:04 IST Badminton Association of India (BAI) President Himanta Biswa Sarma has been elected the Vice President of the Badminton Asia Council (BAC).The 50-year-old got 35 votes from a total of 40 polled on Saturday.”The BAI President is making his foray in the continental committee and we are sure it will help the BAI to get added support from the Asian body and work to develop badminton in the region,” said BAI General Secretary Ajay Singhania.BAC President Anton Subowo also appointed BAI Secretary (Tournaments) Omar Rashid as the Deputy Chairman of Badminton Asia’s Development Committee.Sudhakar Vemuri will also assume charge as BAC Technical Committee’s Deputy Chairman.Also Read | Pullela Gopichand blames hectic calendar for shuttlers’ poor run in 2019Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Badminton Association of IndiaFollow Badminton Asia CouncilFollow Himanta Biswa Sarma Next Himanta Biswa Sarma elected as vice president of Badminton Asia CouncilAssam’s health and education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma was last year unanimously elected the Badminton Association of India president.advertisementlast_img read more

French Open 2019: Nadal eases into 3rd round, Nishikori downs Tsonga

first_imgFrench Open 2019: Nadal eases into 3rd round, Nishikori downs TsongaWhile Rafael Nadal, chasing a record-extending 12th title at French Open demolished German qualifier Yannick Maden in straight sets, Kei Nishikori needed 4 sets to beat local hope Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second-round match on Wednesday.advertisement Associated Press ParisMay 29, 2019UPDATED: May 29, 2019 20:18 IST Nadal will be up against 27th-seeded David Goffin in the third round of French Open 2019 (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRafael Nadal eased into the 3rd round after 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 win7th seed Kei Nishikori rallied to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4Garbine Muguruza, Sloane Stephens posted straight-set winsAnother German qualifier named Yannick, another easy win for Rafael Nadal.Chasing a record-extending 12th title at the French Open, Nadal posted a 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 win over Yannick Maden on Wednesday to reach the third round of the clay-court Grand Slam.Nadal lost only six games in the first round against Yannick Hanfmann. He was on the verge of doing even better on Wednesday but lost focus briefly in the third set and dropped his serve twice.”That’s just about concentration,” Nadal said. “Because the feeling on the match has been positive. Positive thing is, every time that I (made) the mistake, then I had the break again, and that’s the good news.”In the next round, Nadal will be up against 27th-seeded David Goffin.Sixth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas also advanced, making it to the third round at Roland Garros for the first time. The Greek player overcame a slow start to beat Hugo Dellien of Bolivia 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 7-5.Also, seventh-seeded Kei Nishikori rallied to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.Muguruza, Stephens posted straight-set winsIn the women’s draw, former champion Garbine Muguruza and last year’s runner-up Sloane Stephens both posted straight-set wins to progress to the third round.On a sunny morning in the French capital, Muguruza beat Johanna Larsson 6-4, 6-1 on Court Suzanne Lenglen.Seeded 19th this year, Muguruza won the title at Roland Garros in 2016 when she upset Serena Williams in the final. The Spanish player is expected to face tougher opposition in her next match against ninth-seeded Elina Svitolina, who progressed to the third round without hitting a shot.advertisementSvitolina was set to play 67th-ranked Kateryna Kozlova but organizers said the Ukrainian player withdrew with a virus.Stephens, who lost to Simona Halep in last year’s final, needed a bit more time to defeat gritty but error-prone Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-1, 7-6 (3).In a match that featured 11 breaks of serve, Stephens could not hold on to a 3-0 lead in the second set and Sorribes Tormo twice had the opportunity to level at 1-set apiece on her serve. A turning point came in the 11th game when the 22-year-old Spaniard hit two consecutive double-faults to drop serve.The seventh-seeded Stephens hit a series of winners in the tiebreaker and sealed the match with a backhand down the line.”Just decided to keep it exciting, to play a bit longer on that court,” Stephens joked. “I missed it from last year.”Also Read | Rohan Bopanna and Marius Copil knock out 6th seeds from French OpenAlso Read | French Open 2019: Naomi Osaka, Alexander Zverev survive 1st-round scaresAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Rafael NadalFollow Kei NishikoriFollow French OpenFollow Roland Garros 2019Follow Jo-Wilfried TsongaFollow Sloane StephensFollow Garbine Muguruza Nextlast_img read more

TGIF Shopping: Ball And Buck’s Fly Fishing-Inspired SS15 Collection

first_img1. Ball and Buck SS15 2. Ball and Buck SS15 3. Ball and Buck SS15 4. Ball and Buck SS15 5. Ball and Buck SS15 A Good Waxed Jacket Is the Best Jacket to Wear This Season The Best Father and Son Matching Outfits How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weather center_img You Definitely Need a Shirt Jacket for Fall Editors’ Recommendations Long known for their ability to craft American-made clothing for the seemingly contradictory debonair outdoorsman, Ball and Buck is at it again with their SS15 collection.The collection is an homage to the mecca of North American fly fishing: the rivers of Montana, featuring a color palette drawing inspiration from the subtle undertones of the rivers and the bright colors of the Montana skyline.“I’ve been going to Montana almost every year since I was born,” says Ball and Buck founder Mark Bollman. “It’s really a step back in time. No cell signal, no light pollution, just the sound of the rushing river and the wind in the trees. This year I fired up ‘America II,’ my red and white ’97 Ford F-250 stick shift diesel truck and headed across the country with my cousin. Behind us was my canvas wall tent, pot belly stove, and a literal truck load worth of product for the lookbook shoot.”Among those products is the Angler Shirt, which comes in small check gingham of soft, warm and cool color tones in lightweight breathable cotton.The Anorak shirt is offered in a sleek waxed cotton with functional accents. “Roll up sleeve tabs, double front pockets with the versa patch system–which holds a shearling fly patch when you need it and is undetectable when you don’t–and a flatter sweep all make this the shirt for warmer weatherThe collection also includes a crew neck cotton pullover sweater and a Harrington jacket, reminiscent of the classic “Baracuta G9,” featuring ribbed cuffs, a shooting shoulder and a waxed cotton exterior with the brand’s signature plaid lining.The 6-Point pant and short are made of chino twill and organic duck cotton while the 100% cotton Chambray short is a lighter-weight offering.Making the collection really come to life is the functional field items which include a handmade fishing net, limited edition Buck folding knife and Angler hat.In other equally exciting news, Ball and Buck is the exclusive retailer of the first launch in domestically manufactured footwear from PF Flyers: The Made in USA Center Hi.The hi-top merges PF Flyers signature retro athletic style with a modern running shoe. The shoe is made from heavy weight canvas with a lux leather toe cap and eye-row, rich pig skin lining and a hand drawn midsole stripe. The Center Hi is available in two colorways: bright white and midnight black.Check out the full collection at their Boston storefront and online.last_img read more

New Music Monday: The James Hunter Six

first_imgLast Friday James Hunter released Hold On!, his latest record with The James Hunter Six, through Daptone Records. Hold On! is Hunter’s first release with Daptone (though his fourth full-length), which may come as a surprise to those familiar with the artist and label. Hunter and his band play a unique brand of classic soul music that feels at home with the music of Charles Bradley and Sharon Jones.After working with Van Morrison,  his success on the Billboard charts, and Grammy nominations, fans might have expected Hunter to take it easy on the new record. Nothing could be farther from the truth, however, and Hold On! finds Hunter at the peak of his game. Early single “(Baby) Hold On,” album opener “If That Don’t Tell You,” and the bouncing “Stranded” are all lively tracks that pulse with energy. Kinetic songs like these are what Hunter and his band have become renowned for, and all three are standout tracks.With songs like the three mentioned above filling the album’s quota for buoyant tracks, Hunter and co. give themselves room to dig into the rhythm on other tracks. Songs like “This Is Where We Came In” and “Light My Life” showcase the band’s ability to imbue their music with the essence of vintage soul and sound wholly unique at the same time. The records groove-focused tracks capture something fundamental from old school soul music while incorporating a elements of rumba, bolero, and bossa nova.The James Hunter Six’s Hold On! captures the feeling of classic soul music, but never feels derivative. More than simply another feather in the artist’s cap, Hold On! finds Hunter channeling those vintage sounds through a contemporary lens.The James Hunter Six’s Hold On! is out now on Daptone Records and available on Amazon, iTunes, and Daptone’s online shop. Watch This Bugatti Chiron Shatter a World Speed Record at More Than 300 MPH The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date Editors’ Recommendations 7 of the Best Drink References in Music last_img read more

Light rain forecast in Delhi on Tuesday

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhiites woke up to humid weather on Tuesday with the minimum weather settling at 27.5 degrees Celsius, three notches above the normal. The relative humidity level in the morning was recorded at 73 per cent, according to the MeT Department. The weatherman has forecast cloudy sky with light rain later in the day. The maximum temperature is likely to hover around 35 degrees Celsius. On Monday, the maximum and minimum temperatures had settled around 36 and 28 degrees Celsius respectively.last_img read more

CALLING ALL CANADIAN FILM CREATORS – THE ONLINE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL CALL

first_imgSubmissions are now open for the National Screen Institute’s Online Short Film Festival. Films are accepted exclusively through FilmFreeway until Monday, March 11, 2018.Films that meet award criteria are eligible for the $1,250 A&E Short Filmmakers Award for best film. Read about the most recent winners.NSI Online Short Film Festival winners receive a complimentary Friend membership for the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television and are qualified to be nominated for a Canadian Screen Award (if award criteria are met). Submit your film.Entries must be under 30 minutes – the shorter the better. Drama, comedy, animation, documentary, sci-fi, horror, music video and experimental are all eligible but must be made by a Canadian writer, director or producer. The festival accepts films released after January 1, 2014.The NSI Online Short Film Festival is a year-round Canadian short film showcase with new films added every week. Since launching in 2008, the festival has programmed hundreds of films and awarded over $125K to Canadian media artists. Many of the films are available to watch in the archives.The NSI Online Short Film Festival is made possible through the support of Festival Partner Telefilm Canada; Supporting Sponsors Corus Entertainment, Blue Ant Media and Breakthrough Entertainment; Award Sponsor A&E Television Networks; and Industry Partner the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Wynne pledges support for Ontario steel companies amid US tariffs

HAMILTON – Ontario’s Liberal premier says her first priority if re-elected will be to support the province’s steel industry in the wake of newly announced U.S. trade tariffs.Kathleen Wynne, who is days away from a provincial election, said Friday that her Liberals would provide support equal to “half the hardship” incurred as a result of the tariffs, and called on the federal government to cover the other half.“The tariffs on steel and aluminum exports imposed by (U.S. President Donald) Trump yesterday are completely unacceptable to me,” Wynne said at a campaign event near Hamilton, one of Ontario’s steel-producing cities. “They just make no sense and they put so many families at risk.”Provincial support could take the form of worker training or education but the Liberal party is still figuring out how to best support the industry if the tariffs persist, Wynne said.Ontario’s Liberals say the province’s steel industry employs 16,000 people and accounts for 70 per cent of Canada’s steel production capacity.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said Ottawa will work with Canadian companies hit by the tariffs to protect jobs and workers but hasn’t offered further details.On Thursday, he announced retaliatory dollar-for-dollar tariff “countermeasures” on up to $16.6 billion worth of American imports.Wynne told reporters she is “150 per cent committed” to Trudeau’s response.“When you’re being bullied you have to stand up to the bully,” she said. “You have to say ‘We’re not going to take this, we are going to push back in order to protect our workers, their families, our communities.”Former Liberal prime minister Paul Martin, campaigning with Wynne in Waterloo, Ont., on Friday afternoon, applauded the federal government’s “very strong” stance on U.S. tariffs.“We are going to do far better than anybody thinks,” Martin said. “The reason is the strenght of the government’s response and the kinds of things that Premier Wynne has done.”Wynne said she will fight for the tariffs to be repealed and, until then, to make sure Ontario’s steel industry has the necessary support to remain competitive.She also criticized Tory Leader Doug Ford — who she said has not responded to her call for united opposition to the tariffs — and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, who has said Wynne and Trudeau could have done more to prevent the tariffs.The premier said she has met with dozens of U.S. politicians to talk about trade and called Horwath’s response to the tariffs “inadequate.” Wynne’s criticism of her rivals comes as recent polls suggest either Horwath or Ford could be the next premier. read more

Brexit sparks showdown between UK Parliament and government

first_imgLONDON — As Brexit enters its endgame, the big divide is not between the U.K. and the European Union, but between Britain’s government and Parliament.Since Britain struck a divorce deal with the EU late last year, the executive and legislature have been at war.Prime Minister Theresa May is struggling to win backing for the agreement ahead of Parliament’s vote next week while lawmakers try to grab control of the Brexit process.The battle has destabilized a country without a formal written constitution and where democracy rests on centuries of law, precedent and convention.London School of Economics Professor Iain Begg said Thursday that Britain is “getting very close” to a constitutional crisis.He says “if Theresa May loses the vote next week, we don’t actually know what happens next.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

Increasing number of Afghan children caught in crossfire – UN official

19 June 2007Concerned about the increasing number of children killed in Afghanistan, the United Nations envoy for children and armed conflict today urged all sides to take the necessary steps to protect the country’s young people amid the worsening security situation. “Children are caught in the crossfire and the number of victims is escalating,” stated Radhika Coomaraswamy, the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict.Anti-Government forces killed 11 children during a suicide attack against members of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on 15 June in Uruzgan province. In addition, they have been targeting schools, including the 12 June attack outside a girls’ school near Kabul that left two students dead and several injured.“The anti-Government forces are also suspected of using children as human shields,” added Ms. Coomaraswamy.She also expressed concern over reports that international coalition forces accidentally killed seven Afghan children in an air strike in Paktika province. Yesterday, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan, Chris Alexander, denounced the recent wave of terrorism in Afghanistan, citing in particular the devastation wrought by the attack on schoolchildren. “Those responsible for these attacks – those who have killed hundreds of Afghan civilians this year in cold blood – are committing brutal crimes. These are crimes against the holy religion of Islam; they are crimes against humanity,” he said. read more

Two killed nine injured in accident

Investigations in the accident are underway. In all eleven people were injured in the accident but two of them later succumbed to their injuries in hospitalThe police also said that one person who was among the injured had been transferred to the Kandy hospital for further treatment. Two people were killed and nine others were injured when the van they were travelling in collided with a parked lorry in Kantale this morning.According to the police media unit, the accident took place along the Habarana-Kantale main road. read more

Security Council condemns fighting in Juba demands South Sudans leaders prevent spread

Reading out portions of a statement to the press following a three-hour closed-door emergency session, Ambassador Koro Bessho of Japan, which holds the Council’s presidency for the month, said the body’s 15 members had expressed particular shock and outrage at the attacks on UN compounds and protection of civilians sites in Juba.The Council’s statement followed similar expressions of outrage by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), which both earlier today condemned the violence and urged calm in the wake fresh clashes in Juba between soldiers of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and the SPLA in Opposition. They also deplored that separately, UN and diplomatic officials have been targeted, as the world’s youngest country on Saturday marked the fifth anniversary of its independence.“The members of the Council condemned in the strongest terms all attacks and provocations against civilians and the United Nations. They emphasized the need for United Nations [civilian protection] sites and United Nations personnel to remain secure,” said the Council President, expressing sympathies and condolences to the families of Chinese and Rwandan peacekeepers who were killed or injured in the attacks.Urging an immediate end to the fighting by all concerned and demanding that President Kiir and First Vice-President Machar do their utmost to control their respective forces, urgently end the fighting and prevent the spread of violence, the Council in its statement also urged the two leaders to “genuinely commit themselves to the full and immediate implementation of the peace agreement, including the permanent ceasefire and redeployment of military forces from Juba.” People seeking shelter from ongoing fighting in Juba between soldiers of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and the SPLA in Opposition. Photo: UNMISS Further to the statement, the Security Council reminded all parties, including Government security forces, of the civilian character of the protection of civilian sites in South Sudan. As such, Council members stressed that attacks against civilians and UN premises and personnel may constitute war crimes. They also emphasized the importance of transparent investigations into these crimes and that those involved must be held accountable and could be potentially subject to sanctions as authorized under Council resolution 2206 (2015) for actions that threaten the peace, security or stability of South Sudan.The Council expressed its support for UNMISS and its readiness to consider enhancing the Mission to better ensure that the UNMISS and the international community can prevent and respond to violence in South Sudan, the President said.“The members of the Security Council encouraged States in the region to prepare to provide additional troops in the event the Council so decides. In the interim, [the Council] stressed the need for UNMISS to make full use of its authority to use all necessary means to protect civilians,” he concluded.For his part, the Secretary-General strongly urged the country’s leaders to do everything in their power to de-escalate the hostilities immediately and to order their respective forces to disengage and withdraw to their bases, saying: “This senseless violence is unacceptable and has the potential of reversing the progress made so far in the peace process.” According to the Secretary-General, UN compounds and civilian protection sites in Juba have been caught in the cross-fire. Expressing deep frustration that despite commitments by South Sudan’s leaders, fighting has resumed, Mr. Ban said they must take decisive action to regain control of the security situation in Juba. ̴[They must also] prevent the spread of violence to other parts of the country; guarantee the safety and security of civilians, United Nations and other personnel; and genuinely commit themselves to the full implementation of the peace agreement,” he stated.Earlier this morning, UNMISS expressed outrage at the resumption of violence in Juba, which it said was severely impacting the civilian population. In a press statement, the Mission reported that heavy fighting in Juba town, including in close proximity to the UNMISS compounds at UN House Jebel and Tomping, had prompted approximately 1,000 internally displaced people to flee from the UNMISS protection of civilians site (PoC) 1 into the UNMISS compound at UN House Jebel.[Civilian protection sites have been up and running in various parts of South Sudan for the past two years and according to its most most recent update, UNMISS estimates that the number of civilians seeking safety in the six sites located on UNMISS bases is 169,418.] The heavy fighting downtown Juba had forced hundreds of civilians to seek protection at UNMISS’ Tomping base, the statement went on to say and added: “The United Nations is gravely concerned about reports that armed forces have prevented civilians from seeking protection.” Both UNMISS compounds in Juba sustained impacts from small arms and heavy weapons fire, the Mission reported. “The United Nations urges all parties to respect the sanctity of the United Nations and condemns any deliberate targeting of United Nations premises and its personnel,” it added.Meanwhile, UN peacekeepers continued to protect displaced civilians at PoC sites 1 and 3. For the safety and security of those displaced civilians, the United Nations urged all parties to respect the civilian nature of the PoC sites. UN peacekeepers also mobilized to protect UNMISS bases in UN House and Tomping.“The Special Representative of the Secretary-General has directly called on the leadership at the highest level in South Sudan to immediately restrain their forces, to engage in dialogue to find a political solution to this crisis and to allow access to the United Nations to be able to patrol in order to reassure the civilian population,” the statement concluded.Just two days ago, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) noted that South Sudan has spent much of its short life at war with itself, riven by a political face-off between President Kiir and his then former Vice-President Mr. Machar that erupted into full-blown conflict late in 2013. Some 2.4 million people fled their homes in fear, before an August 2015 peace deal ended the major offensives. The country marked the fifth anniversary of its independence on 9 July. People seeking shelter from ongoing fighting in Juba between soldiers of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and the SPLA in Opposition. Photo: UNMISS President Salva Kiir of South Sudan addresses the General Assembly. UN Photo/Cia Pak Despite the August 2015 peace agreement that formally ended the war, conflict and instability has spread to previously unaffected areas in the Greater Equatoria and Greater Bahr-El-Ghazal regions. This past month, deadly clashes in Wau resulted in the deaths of more than 40 people, while up to 35,000 fled their homes. Such fighting is characteristic of the trend that produced fresh refugee outflows this year, a UNHCR spokesperson said Friday.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) yesterday expressed its “deep alarm” at the renewed violence and called on all parties to respect humanitarian principles and provide unrestricted access to civilians in need. After nearly three years of war, civilians are bearing the brunt of the conflict, with women and children facing the greatest dangers and hardships, the agency added.“Children and their families in South Sudan have suffered enough from violence, displacement and killings in this brutal conflict. It is time that peace becomes more than agreements on paper, but a reality for those who are most vulnerable,” said UNICEF Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, Leila Pakkala.The events in Juba come shortly after escalation of conflict in other parts of the country in recent weeks, disrupting lives and livelihoods. In Wau, where fighting has displaced at least 70,000 people since the end of June, UNICEF said that the agency and its partners are working around the clock to provide assistance to children and their families. read more

Dozens of army instructors have been accused of abusing recruits since 2015

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: “We expect the highest standards from personnel and training staff are no different.”We fully investigate any allegation of misconduct, and while a case being brought to court martial does not equate a guilty verdict, action will be taken where appropriate.” More than 100 Army instructors have been court-martialled or disciplined in the last four years for offences including abusing recruits, it has been reported.Other alleged offences, carried out by at least 122 non-commissioned officers since 2015, include fighting, stealing, drug-taking and viewing child porn, according to a Sunday Mirror investigation.Some were found to have forced young recruits through cruel “hazing” initiation ceremonies, the reported findings from a freedom of information (FoI) request reveal.Recruits claim they were humiliated and physically abused, with one saying his training platoon were forced to parade in their underwear.The offending officers were from British Army training centres, with the worst record at the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick, North Yorkshire, where at least 49 instructors faced court-martial or disciplinaries.Instructors faced 38 charges for offences at the Army Foundation College in nearby Harrogate. 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. The findings come just days after an inquest ruled 17-year-old Army recruit Private Geoff Gray committed suicide at Deepcut barracks in 2001.He was found with two gunshot wounds to his head and was one of four trainee deaths at the now defunct Surrey barracks between 1995 and 2002.His father, also called Geoff, told the Sunday Mirror: “I’m a firm believer in Army discipline. But it’s very sad that young, eager recruits are still being bullied despite assurances from the Ministry of Defence.” read more

Napoleons will in which he leaves items to his dear mother to

first_imgTWO HANDWRITTEN AMENDMENTS to Napoleon’s will that the late French emperor had drawn up because he feared the British would destroy the original will be auctioned in Paris.Artemisia Auctions, which is handling the sale, expects the manuscripts to fetch up to €120,000 when they are auctioned off on 6 November at the Drouot auction house.The codicils, or amendments, were penned in 1821 by Napoleon’s field assistant, the Count of Montholon, when the former French emperor was in exile on the British island of Saint Helena.“I want my ashes to rest on the banks of the Seine among the French people I loved so much,” says one of the amendments, written on 16 April 1821.Napoleon died just a few weeks later on 5 May.In another amendment, he lists his possessions in Saint Helena, including furniture, jewellery, silverware, porcelain, weapons and books to be divided among his closest aides and his “good and dear mother”.Napoleon personally wrote his own last testament, which is on display in the National Archives in Paris, but he had several copies made in case the British destroyed the original.The codicils were in the possession of the Montholon family, who have now decided to put them up for sale.Pierre-Jean Chalencon, the head of the Cercle France Napoleon group which aims to preserve the memory of the famous French leader, told AFP that Montholon had “used the same paper, the same ink and the same quill as Napoleon”.He said Napoleon had been right in not trusting the British as they kept the original “for decades” before returning it to France.Read: Got what it takes to be a ‘pillow astronaut’?More: Giant yellow duck descends on TaiwanRead: Starbucks ads to tell customers: Guns not welcome herelast_img read more

Best Buy to Offer GoogleSamsung Nexus S

first_imgGoogle this week finally unveiled the Nexus S, the spiritual successor to the not particularly well-received HTC-designed Nexus One. The software giant used the forthcoming Samsung handset to promote Gingerbread, the latest version of the smartphone OS (the company talked up the forthcoming Honeycomb tablet OS yesterday, as well).The Nexus S will be the first phone to ship with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The device features a four inch display, a 1GHz Humming processor, cameras on the front and rear, and 16GB of memory. There’s also that Near Field Communication embedded tag reading technology that Google has been talking up a lot recently.The handset will be available starting December 16 through T-Mobile and in Best Buy stores. The Nexus S will run $529 without contract and $199 with. Check out a demo video of the handset after the jump.last_img read more

War for the Planet of the Apes Will Go Beyond Caesars Crew

first_img 8 Nostalgic Board Games Based on Old Sci-Fi FlicksPlanet of the Apes: Visionaries is Unpredictable, Stunning and Wild Stay on target The official trailer for the third installment of the Planet of the Apes reboot/prequel series has been released. War for the Planet of the Apes is, as you might guess, a war movie. At a press event, director Matt Reeves likened the story to Apocalypse Now. Only with apes. It takes place two years after the events of the last movie, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. War has broken out, and a particularly cruel human Colonel tests the limits of Caesar’s empathy for humans. Reeves says the war pushes Caesar into a more extreme place, making him more like Koba, the antagonist from the last movie.One of the most interesting things we learned from Reeves was that much of the movie’s setting came out of a desire to see how much punishment the motion capture equipment could take. In the first movie, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, they filmed primarily on a stage. In Dawn, they took the actors and the equipment into the woods and found out that it all held up pretty well in the rain. For this movie, Reeves decided he wanted snow.The Colonel, played by Woody Harrelson, makes things bad enough for the apes that Caesar (along with two companions) make a journey north to confront him. They travel into the Sierra mountains, “and it’s snowing,” Reeves said. “And we go into all new locales… we took the equipment and pushed it to its limits. It was freezing.”Reeves said that as the film goes on, the characters learn that the intelligent ape world is much larger than they suspected. One of the highlights of the event was the introduction of a new character named Bad Ape. Played by Steve Zahn, Bad Ape is a chimpanzee who used to live in a zoo. As he got smarter, he slowly learned to speak English. The humans called him Bad Ape so much that he thinks it’s his name. The fact that there are other intelligent apes out there unrelated to Caesar’s group is a major part of the movie’s premise.Fox New Year Presentation – War for the Planet of the Apes -Pictured: Dave Karger, Matt Reeves, Steve Zahn -Photo by Patrick Lewis/Starpix -Loctaion: Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln CenterThis was the first time Zahn ever had to put on a MoCap suit. We even saw a glimpse of his raw performance as the footage shown to the press wasn’t quite done yet. (Some of the scenes still had the bare ape models running around, without any fur or other textures added yet. Other scenes had no apes at all yet, just the actors walking around in gray body suits with dots on their faces.) It was a great reminder that there is really no difference between mo-cap acting and on-camera acting. Reeves even said he gets annoyed when people say Andy Serkis (who plays Caesar) is a great MoCap actor. “He’s not a great MoCap actor. He’s a great actor.”Zahn, as it turns out, is also a great actor. He joined Reeves onstage to talk about the experience. Even though Bad Ape comes off as a comic relief role, Zahn got the role for a very non-comedic performance. They told a story about how Zahn had to audition over Skype because he was finishing up another project in Puerto Rico. Zahn describes auditioning to a laptop as one of the weirder experiences of his life. Even through the weirdness, he gave one hell of a performance. Enough to cement in Reeves’s mind that he was Bad Ape.“There’s a scene where he’s talking to Caesar… and you find out about his past,” Reeves said. “And as he’s talking about it, and you actually only find out about his past through what you (Zahn) do, which is the way you express yourself. And I, over Skype, was crying. I was like, “Oh my God. We just found Bad Ape.”Still from War for the Planet of the Apes. Via FOX.Zahn said he was surprised by how familiar the challenges of MoCap acting were. “I thought the things that were gonna obstruct the way I worked were technical things,” he said. “That I was going to have to adapt the way I worked… to this big MoCap, whatever that means, world. And what I realized, and it was frightening, was that the challenges were the same challenges I had doing experimental theater in Boston. It was working from here (he pointed to his heart), it had nothing to do with the technical. And it scared me.” Of all the films and TV series Zahn’s been a part of, this is the closest he’s felt to doing live theater.We didn’t see a lot of War for the Planet of the Apes, but so far, it looks like a fine follow-up. The new series has been great so far, and an Apocalypse Now-style war movie feels like a natural next step for the story. If this keeps up the quality level of the last two movies, we may even forget that awful Tim Burton remake even existed.last_img read more