After being in the job of the chief coach of Indian archery for one year and 11 months, Limba Ram’s tenure with the archery team ended on a sour note after the Archery Association of India decided not to renew his contract.During his tenure, he did enjoy some highs with 17-year old Deepika Kumari’s success at the international level and the men’s team’s gold medal winning effort with a record score at the World Cup Stage IV. But in the last two months where India competed at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi and Asian Games in Guangzhou were not memorable enough as the fancied archers fell short of expectation even as there were some bright spots.With his contract not renewed, the three-time Olympian is back in Jaipur and is all set to join the Sports Council of Sawai Mansingh Stadium as archery coach.Talking to PTI from Jaipur, the 38-year old said, ” The last couple of months were not that memorable. I was expecting at least one gold at the Asiad but we failed there. But, I’m very happy for Tarundeep Rai.” Tarundeep won silver while men’s and women’s team returned with a bronze medal each from Guangzhou 2010.Limba said his biggest regret would be the Commonwelath Games where they failed to rule on the home turf.Terming their CWG outing as a painful experience, Limba said: ” We had the home advantage, the form was with us as just before the CWG we had performed exceedingly well at the World Cup Stage IV in Shanghai and the men’s team were the champions. But we failed to shoot like champions on our home turf. Even weak archers shot better than us. We were way below our usual scores.advertisementThe men’s team was the biggest disappointment.”
The release of Brahmeshwar Singh ‘Mukhiya’, founder of the outlawed upper caste militia Ranvir Sena in Bihar, from prison last week brought back the memories of those days when the state’s countryside was in the grip of violent clashes.For 25 years between 1976 and 2001, Bihar had turned into a veritable land of massacres executed either by the feudal forces or by the self-styled champions of the landless poor. Caste armies professing to protect the rights of different groups had sprung up all over and ruled the roost in the areas where the law enforcement agencies feared to tread.Ranvir Sena emerged as a key player amidst this class and caste struggle in the mid-1990s. Under the leadership of a former village headman from Bhojpur called Brahmeshwar Singh, it initially sought to provide protection to the insecure landlords who were being targeted by the ultra-Left extremists in central Bihar. But its cadres had no qualms in taking up arms to counter their opponents. The Sena masterminded some of the goriest carnages ever seen in Bihar such as Laxmanpur-Bathe, Mianpur and Bathani Tola where its marauders did not even spare pregnant women and children.According to the police, the Sena was involved in as many as 29 massacres between 1995 and 2000 and remained the most formidable adversary of the ultra- Left extremist groups as well as the state police. It was only with the dramatic arrest of its founder Mukhiya in Patna in 2002 that the Sena lost power on its turf.His arrest also led to the decline of caste armies in the state.advertisementBrahmeshwar now says that he was not involved in any of the massacres, and it was the police and the administration that had made him an accused in the carnage cases as the alleged mastermind.But he cannot deny the fact that he was the undisputed leader of the Ranvir Sena at a time when its cadres were involved in some of the worst carnages in the state’s history. If he was not part of the Sena’s decision to wreak havoc in the villages dominated by the poor, scheduled caste people, then who ordered the armed militia to run amok in the name of his organisation? If somebody else was running the show within his organisation, why did the Sena become rudderless after he was arrested by the Patna police nine years ago? Why didn’t anyone from his outfit come up to don his mantle in his absence to take on the Maoists who were expanding their network in Bihar following the decline of the Sena? Brahmeshwar’s release from prison on bail has only fuelled speculations that the Sena will try to regain its lost ground in Bihar. He himself has claimed that he will now concentrate on doing social work for the betterment of his people. But there are apprehensions in certain quarters about the possible revival of the Sena in a new avatar.The chances of that, however, seem remote. Much has changed in Bihar in the past nine years. Caste strife has virtually become a thing of the past.Bihar has been witnessing a change for the better in recent years with growing awareness among the people from all social strata about the futility of caste struggles. The people’s verdict in the last assembly polls has also proved that there is no place for caste armies and private militia like Ranvir Sena in a new Bihar.Anything that has the potential to impede its inclusive growth will meet with derision from the people of the state. Bihar, after all, cannot afford to retreat into the dark era when it was primarily known for its killing fields. It would be sheer pity and an anachronism of sorts for the development- oriented state if any caste army is allowed to rear its ugly head here once again.Vishy teaches Patnaites a few moves International Grandmaster Vishwanathan AnandThe popularity of chess has been growing in Bihar ever since International Grandmaster Vishwanathan Anand visited the state two years ago. Anand, who was in Patna again last week to award the winners of a championship, said he was hopeful that Bihar would produce a Grandmaster soon.Vishy’s visit enthused Patna’s schoolchildren who jostled with each other to get his autograph. He said that Bihar had changed and he was happy with the number of children opting for sports as a career now. He, however, had a word of caution for parents that they should not force any career on their children. He said that he himself became a chess player because his mother used to play the game. But Anand wants the state government to ‘invest more in children’. He thinks that Bihar needs to develop adequate infrastructure for sports to sustain the momentum. Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi thanked Anand and assured him that the government would do its best to promote sports.advertisementTongas out but buggies get a rebirth A royal buggy in PatnaThe Railways recently dismantled a historic tonga stand located on the premises of Patna Junction leaving scores of people disappointed. Most of them rued that they would no longer have the pleasure of joyrides through the city.But the Bihar government has decided to make up for their loss. The state’s tourism department will soon introduce buggy rides at night in the state capital to give a feel of the royal ride to people. The department has ordered for six horse- driven carriages from Ludhiana at the rate of Rs 1.96 lakh each which will be used for joyrides after the traffic flow gets reduced on the main thoroughfares at night.The buggy ride will start from the newly-built Buddha park in front of Patna railway station and take people to the Gandhi Maidan via Frazer Road before returning to the park. The buggy can carry six to seven persons at a time. But the department will first introduce buggy rides at Rajgir to help tourists in the historic town visit the idyllic Ghatkatora site which has been developed as a tourist attraction. It was chief minister Nitish Kumar who had asked the tourism department last year to develop Ghatkatora, saying it could be an ideal location for film shoots.Located six kilometers away from Rajgir, Ghatkatora has since been developed as an ecological site. The government thinks buggy rides will ensure that the site remains protected from the toxic fumes emanating from auto-rickshaws, cars and buses.Team India’s official ‘fan’ from Bihar It is not for nothing that Sachin Tendulkar considers Sudhir Kumar Choudhary to be his greatest admirer. Choudhary, a 28-year-old die-hard cricket fan from Damodarpur village in Muzaffarpur district, landed at Sachin’s home in Mumbai recently with a gift that he has been giving to his idol for several years – Shahi litchis from his home town which is famous for its succulent fruits. Choudhary has been watching all the matches involving Team India and is its biggest cheerleader.He tonsures his head, paints his body with the hues of Indian tri-colour and writes the name of Tendulkar on his back during each match. It is because of Sachin’s fondness for him that he gets to see all the matches. He travels on his bicycle from his village to the venue of all the matches across the country and abroad. He has even gone to Pakistan and Bangladesh to watch Sachin and his team mates. Choudhary is now preparing for his visit to England where the Indian team is due to play soon. It is again because of Sachin that he will be able to go to England.advertisementWhat has impressed Sachin and his team mates is that Sudhir has refused to take any financial help. He only wants to encourage Team India wherever it goes to play. He says that he will continue to do so even after Sachin calls it a day.Movie buffs’ long wait comes to an endThe long wait of Patna’s movie buffs is finally coming to an end. A multiplex at Prakash Jha’s P&M Mall is ready to be inaugurated later this week.The mall has four theatres – all equipped with state-of-the-art facilities. Their opening will certainly come as a big relief to the cinegoers since they had to depend on only two single-screen theatres – Mona and Regent – for watching Hindi films.Most old theatres have made way for shopping complexes in the state capital. As a result, many new Hindi movies were not released here.
Here are Mourinhos options going forward regarding Here are Mourinhos options going forward regarding Rooney: KEEP HIM AS NO. 10 Rooney is Uniteds and Englands captain and needs four more goals to become the clubs all-time record scorer, topping Bobby Charltons 249 goals. Given time, he might improve his partnership with Ibrahimovic, while Pogba might learn how to better operate in a midfield two. Rooney hasnt been among the players publicly criticized in recent weeks by Mourinho, who has long been a fan of the player. CHANGE POSITION Rooney finished the Northampton game on the right of a front three also containing Ibrahimovic and Rashford. He is hard-working, has played the wide role before, and Uniteds other wingers Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard and Memphis Depay are hardly in the best form. Maybe Rooney could stay there, as part of a 4-3-3 formation or with a teammate like Juan Mata or Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the No. 10 role. Then again, Mourinho said in his first news conference as United manager: “For me, he will be a nine, he will be a 10, he will be a nine-and-a-half.” That suggests Rooney will be a central striker or a deep-lying striker. DROP HIM The last manager to drop Rooney was Alex Ferguson, in the final season of his near-27-year reign. It almost led to Rooney leaving United. Mourinho could do the same in an attempt to get more out of Pogba, give Ibrahimovic more space to rove in attack, and inject some more pace into the forward line. Over at Manchester City, Pep Guardiola has shown his tough streak in dropping two club greats in Joe Hart and Yaya Toure early in his tenure. Is Mourinho ready to make a similar statement? KHSadvertisement
Thiruvananthapuram, Apr 17 (PTI) Cuba has expressed interest in cooperating with Kerala in various sectors, including health, sports and tourism. This was stated by the Cuban Ambassador to India Martinez Oscar I Cordoves during a meeting with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in New Delhi yesterday, an official release said here today. Vijayan and Cordoves held discussion on the possibility of Kerala utilising Cubas expertise in the health sector. The possibility of sending doctors and sportspersons from Kerala to Cuba for training also came up during the meeting, the release said. Cordoves said that his country was ready to import spices like pepper and cardamom directly from Kerala if the Indian government accorded permission. State Chief Secretary Nalini Netto, CPI-M State secretary Kodiyerai Balakrishnan and party politburo member M A Baby were among those present during the meeting. PTI JRK SS VS TRK
Virat Kohli let his bat do all the talking and he made sure everybody got the message as he celebrated his 25th Test hundred and sixth in Australia on Day 3 of the second Test in Perth on Sunday.Kohli brought up his triple figures with a boundary down the ground and gestured to the dressing room that his bat was indeed doing all the talking for him.The century saw him equal Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 6 Test hundreds down under. Tendulkar and Kohli are actually the only two batsmen to slam six hundreds in Australia in the last 70 years.Kohli is also second on the list of captains with most runs in a calendar year in away Test matches. Former South Africa skipper Graeme Smith leads the list with 1212 runs in 11 Tests in 2008. He actually managed to achieve the feat twice in his career in 2003 and 2008.Kohli went past Australia’s Bob Simpson, who scored 1018 runs in 9 Test matches in 1964 while West Indies legend Garry Sobers is next with 895 runs in 7 matches in 1966.This is also Virat Kohli’s seventh Test hundred against Australia. In Oceania, Kohli has now scored 7 hundreds while this is Indian captain’s 14th hundred in away Tests.This is also Virat Kohli’s 18th Test century as the captain of India, which goes on to show exactly how much he has led his team from the front and has taken captaincy as a means to improve himself.The 30-year-old also is the second fastest batsmen to scored 25 Test hundreds as he reached the milestone in 127 innings. Don Bradman took just a mere 68 innings to score 25 Test hundreds but Kohli has left Sachin Tendulkar behind who took 130 innings to score as many hundreds in Tests.advertisementStarting the day on 82 not out, Virat Kohli took 12 overs to reach the three-figure mark. Once again the captain led from the front and tried to get India out of a precarious situation. At the time of his hundred, India were 223/4, still 103 runs behind Australia’s first innings total.Earlier on the tour at Adelaide Oval, Kohli became the fastest Indian to score 1000 Test runs for India in Australia. He beat Don Bradman to the milestone by reaching the figure in nine Test matches while Don Bradman had reached the four-figure mark in his 10th Test at home.On the way to this milestone, Kohli also became the only Indian skipper to score 2000 Test runs in away matches. He is also the first Indian captain to score 2000 Test runs both in India and overseas.Kohli has now scored 1129 runs in 10 Tests in Australia at an average of 62.7. Kohli also has the second-best Test average among batsmen who have scored at least 500 Test runs in January 1, 2017.Kane Williamson leads the list with an average of 67.47 in 20 innings. Kohli average 66.02 in 37 innings while Steve Smith is third with an average of 63.75 in 23 innings.Also Read | We feel pretty confident when Virat Kohli bats: Ishant SharmaAlso Read | Loved Virat Kohli’s intent when he walked out to bat: Michael Hussey
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Story Highlights Almost 19 kilometres of farm roads are to be repaired in Manchester and St. Elizabeth between now and March 26 this year, at a cost of $81 million.This was noted by Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, after he toured some of the roads on Wednesday, January 24.“The Ministry recognises the urgent need of the farmers to move their produce from the field to the market. We are committed to fixing the roads, because it lessens the cost of transportation to farmers, thereby decreasing the cost of production and ensuring a more profitable operation for them,” he said.In Manchester, Mr. Hutchinson and a team of officers from the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), toured some of the roads to be repaired and bushed.The roads include Brandon Hill, Chudleigh Path, St. Toolies, Reckford and Alvie. In St. Elizabeth those to be repaired include Delightful, Thatchwalk, Phantiland, Spring Park and Hodges.The Minister stressed that not all the affected roads would be fixed in the current budget, and the Ministry will continue the work in the next financial year.“Between now and March 26, we are looking at fixing 6.7 kilometres of farm roads in St. Elizabeth at a cost of $34 million and 12 kilometres in Manchester at a cost of $47 million. These parishes are the main producing parishes in the island,” he said.The Minister also noted that there are several farm roads in other parishes to be rehabilitated by March 26, but final costings have not been arrived at as yet.Farmers in the Over River community of Chudleigh Path, Manchester, who were reaping a bumper crop of carrots, told the Minister that they are very happy to hear about the proposed work on the roads.“We are facing difficulties, so we are thankful for it,” said Alvia Wilson of Chudleigh Path.The farm-road tour in the areas selected was in response to a number of requests from some farmers’ groups as well as the local RADA extension officers who work in the various areas.“We will continue to address these requests as funds become available. These farm roads are in some of the most productive areas in these parishes, and by rehabilitating the roads, we will allow farmers to increase production and productivity,” Mr. Hutchinson said.During the tour, the Minister also held discussions with farmers, emphasising the need for them to treat agriculture as a business. “The Ministry recognises the urgent need of the farmers to move their produce from the field to the market. We are committed to fixing the roads, because it lessens the cost of transportation to farmers, thereby decreasing the cost of production and ensuring a more profitable operation for them,” he said. Almost 19 kilometres of farm roads are to be repaired in Manchester and St. Elizabeth between now and March 26 this year, at a cost of $81 million. The roads include Brandon Hill, Chudleigh Path, St. Toolies, Reckford and Alvie. In St. Elizabeth those to be repaired include Delightful, Thatchwalk, Phantiland, Spring Park and Hodges.
MONTREAL – Eric, an asylum seeker from southern Nigeria, crossed illegally into Quebec last February from the United States after leaving Africa to escape the threat of armed herdsmen.He says the herdsmen from the north of the country threaten southern farmers and sometimes murder them.“A lot of killing has been going on,” he told The Canadian Press during a break from French-language classes he is taking in Montreal.The 35-year-old didn’t want to use his real name out of fear it could negatively affect his hearing at the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada.“The herdsmen go to the community and they can slaughter as many civilians as they want,” he said. “We don’t know who is sponsoring them and the government isn’t doing anything about it.”Eric is one of 7,612 people who crossed illegally into the country during the first four months of the year, with 96 per cent of them entering Quebec, primarily through Roxham Road, a paved clearing at the forested borderIn 2017, thousands of Haitians fled the United States for Montreal, but Nigerians make up a large number of would-be refugees crossing into Quebec this year, according to authorities and community organizers.The increasing number of asylum seekers from Nigeria — who mostly speak English instead of French — is helping to make immigration a top issue ahead of October’s provincial election.Both of the major opposition parties — the Parti Quebecois and the Coalition Avenir Quebec — argue the governing Liberals have failed to properly integrate newcomers by, among other things, not ensuring they learn French.The Coalition wants to decrease immigration to the province by 10,000 people a year while the PQ has called for a full review of Quebec’s immigration policies.Opposition parties speak of high unemployment rates among immigrants and cite statistics that indicate only a third of newcomers register for free French courses and a third of those abandon their studies or just never show up.Anait Aleksanian, head of a community centre that offers free, government-subsidized French courses for immigrants, says a lack of resources is not the problem.“It’s never happened that we ask the (government) — that we tell them we have registrations for French courses and we are told the money isn’t there,” she said.Immigrants can take courses in the morning, at night, on the weekend and even at work, she said.“We need to raise awareness and explain that if you want to integrate, you need to take the French courses,” she added.Premier Philippe Couillard says he’s been told the majority of the recent asylum seekers who have crossed illegally into Quebec don’t want to stay in the province, but would prefer to move to more English-speaking parts of the country.“The federal government has to help people move where they want to settle,” Couillard said. “They need to also quicken the pace of treating asylum claims.“And they need to travel to the countries where these people are coming from and say that crossing illegally into Canada is not the right formula for immigration.”Back at Aleksanian’s centre, Eric, who made the journey to Quebec with his wife and two kids, said he wants to work in Montreal — as soon as he can speak French.He was supposed to have a hearing on June 1 in front of the refugee board but, like most refugee applicants, his case was “postponed indefinitely,” meaning he could be in Canada for years before he learns his fate.Sitting next to him was David — also not his real name — a 74-year-old Nigerian who has been waiting eight years to settle his status in Canada and eventually bring his wife and six children to the country.“In my case I tell them to forget about my age,” said David, who used to be a taxi inspector in Nigeria’s Imo state. “I am still strong, I can still work. I don’t like to be given something. We are studious people and we are hard-working. We like to be on our own.”Both men are on government assistance but were visibly uncomfortable admitting it.Eric, who comes from Edo state, received a master’s degree in Britain and used to be a banker in Nigeria.“The Nigeria country is very hostile,” Eric said, adding that someone who makes it there can make it anywhere. “That’s the nature of the country. We are very determined.”Southern Nigerians are very ambitious, David said.“We like to struggle, we like education and to bring up our children to have a better life than we did,” he said.“We don’t like to beg.”
New Delhi: Extremely severe cyclonic storm ‘Fani’, which is approaching India’s eastern coast, is likely to hit Gopalpur and Chandbali, south of Puri in Odisha on Friday, the National Disaster Management Authority said Wednesday. Heavy rains is also very likely at isolated places over Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya. “Extremely severe” cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ is likely to hit Odisha coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali, south of Puri on May 3 with wind speed of 175-185 km per hour gusting up to 205 kmph, the NDMA said quoting a bulletin of the India Meteorological Department (IMD). Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Gusty wind with speed 40-50 km per hour is expected at isolated places over coastal Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Jammu and Kashmir, sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim. Gusty wind with speed 30-40 km per hour is also likely at isolated places over Odisha and gangetic West Bengal, the NDMA said. Navy and Coast Guard ships and helicopters, relief teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in strategic locations, while Army and Air Force units have been put on standby as the cyclonic storm is approaching the coast, officials said. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen The NDRF is deploying 41 teams in Andhra Pradesh (8), Odisha (28) and West Bengal (5) for prepositioning. In addition, it is keeping on standby 13 teams in West Bengal and 10 in Andhra Pradesh, an official said. An NDRF team comprises about 45 personnel. The Home Ministry, in a statement on Tuesday, said based on the decision of the first meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, the central government has already released advance financial assistance of Rs 1,086 crore to Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal to assist them in undertaking preventive and relief measures. The states have issued advisories and are ensuring that fishermen do not venture into the sea.
WINNIPEG — Prices were higher in mid-morning trading at ICE Futures Canada on Tuesday:Canola: Nov. ’17 $8.10 higher $508.40; Jan. ’18 $7.60 higher $513.30; March ’18 $5.30 higher $514.80; May ’18 $5.60 higher $517.50; July ’18 $6.00 higher $519.90; Nov. ’18 $4.90 higher $484.50; Jan. ’19 unchanged $480.40; March ’19 unchanged $483.10; May ’19 unchanged $483.10; July ’19 unchanged $483.10; Nov. ’19 unchanged $483.10.Barley (Western): Oct. ’17 unchanged $145.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $141.00; March ’18 unchanged $141.00; May ’18 unchanged $141.00; July ’18 unchanged $141.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $141.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $141.00; March ’19 unchanged $141.00; May ’19 unchanged $141.00; July ’19 unchanged $141.00; Oct. ’19 unchanged $141.00.
The government information department had earlier in the day said that the President had rejected a request by the United States to send troops to Afghanistan. Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, both SAARC members, had last December agreed to expand political and economic ties and cooperate in defense and education.The US government was reported to have made a similar request for troops from Sri Lanka in 2009 but the government had rejected the request at that time. Samaranayake refused to comment when asked how the government information department could send out wrong news. President Mahinda Rajapaksa has rejected a story made public by the government information department that he had received a request from the United States to send troops to Afghanistan.Mohan Samaranayake, the spokesman for the President, told the Colombo Gazette that the President has neither received nor rejected a request from the US to send troops to the former war torn country. A Wikileaks cable made public in October 2011 said that the government was concerned about the implications sending troops to Afghanistan will have with the Muslim community in Sri Lanka.Sri Lankan troops are already serving in Haiti and more troops are sent to the region every year to boost UN led peacekeeping operations. (Colombo Gazette)Report by Easwaran Rutnam
The United Nations today announced the start of disciplinary procedures against two staff members named in a recent preliminary report by an independent panel probing allegations of corruption and mismanagement in the UN Oil-for-Food programme for Iraq.Following through on Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s pledge to take prompt steps in response to findings by the Independent Inquiry Committee (IIC), the UN has suspended the former head of the multi-billion dollar relief effort, Benon Sevan, as well Joseph Stephanides, who at the time served as Chief of the Sanctions Branch and Deputy Director of the Security Council Affairs Division.The IIC, headed by former United States Federal Reserve Board Chairman Paul Volcker, last week reported that Mr. Sevan repeatedly solicited allocations of oil under the programme and by so doing “created a grave and continuing conflict of interest.” The report did not rule on whether the UN official had personally profited.Through his lawyers, Mr. Sevan has denied any wrongdoing. The lawyers said in a statement that the 40-year UN veteran was being scapegoated because of “massive political pressure” and declared that he “never took a penny.”The findings concerning Mr. Stephanides are widely considered to differ greatly in scope and seriousness from those about Mr. Sevan. The IIC said that a UN Steering Committee “prejudiced and pre-empted the competitive process in a manner that rejected the lowest qualified bidder” with the “active participation” of Mr. Stephanides.UN spokesman Fred Eckhard announced that both Mr. Sevan and Mr. Stephanides will receive by Wednesday official letters which outline the internal charges against them.They will have two weeks to respond before the administration takes its final decision on the appropriate sanction. There is a broad range of disciplinary measures that can be taken, including summary dismissal.In accordance with standard procedure, both men are being suspended with pay. In the case of Mr. Stephanides, that would amount to his regular salary, while Mr. Sevan, who had been due to retire, will receive the token $1-a-year salary he is being paid for the duration of the inquiry.“This is only the beginning of a disciplinary procedure, respectful of due process,” Mr. Eckhard said.“At the beginning, when allegations are made against staff members, the Secretary-General would have the option of suspending without pay or suspending with pay,” he explained. “Because this is the beginning of a process in which those accused can defend themselves, normally the suspension is with pay so as not to prejudge the outcome, and that’s what is being done in this case as well.”They are not to come on to UN premises, “unless it is in connection with summoning their defence, which they have 14 days to present in writing,” Mr. Eckhard said.On the issue of diplomatic immunity, the spokesman noted: “Neither Mr. Sevan nor Mr. Stephanides have had any criminal charges laid at their doorstep by the Volcker commission, although Mr. Volcker did say his inquiry into Mr. Sevan was continuing.”The issue of immunity comes into play only when there is a prosecutable criminal allegation. In a statement issued after the Volcker findings were announced last Thursday, Mr. Annan pledged the United Nations’ cooperation with national law enforcement authorities pursuing any charges, and that he would waive the diplomatic immunity of the staff member concerned “should any findings of the Inquiry give rise to criminal charges.”So far no national authority has alleged criminal activity by Mr. Sevan.
“We urge the Government of Bahrain to stop criminalizing dissenting voices,” the statement read. Mr. Rajab’s comments online were made in 2015, when Saudi Arabia formed a coalition siding with the pro-Government fight in Yemen against Houthi rebels.One tweet read, “we have the right to say no to the war in #Yemen and should struggle for peace and security but not bloodshed #Sanaa.” He also criticized conditions inside Bahrain’s Jau Prison, which are notoriously poor.Rajab was convicted on charges of “spreading false news and rumors in time of war”, “insulting foreign countries” and “insulting publicly the interior ministry”.OHCHR Spokesperson, Ravina Shamdasani, briefing reporters at the UN in Geneva, urged the Government of Bahrain “to ensure that all Bahrainis are able to exercise their rights to freedom of opinion and expression without fear of arbitrary detention.” The UN Working Group of Arbitrary Detention last year declared Rajab’s detention to be arbitrary.Monday’s court decision brings into focus the tight lid on Government critics in Bahrain, the Spokesperson said, evidenced by targeted arrests, detention, travel bans, harassment, threats, revocation of citizenship and other means.Several cases of civil society activists and their families suffering retaliation in Bahrain for seeking to engage with UN human rights officials are highlighted in the Secretary-General’s latest annual report on reprisals, and in some cases, activists have been accused of terrorism-related offences.Prosecution for exercising fundamental human rights violates Bahrain’s obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which includes freedom of expression under the human rights umbrella, said OHCHR.United Arab Emirates also urged to release defender jailed for tweetingIn the United Arab Emirates (UAE), rights advocate Ahmed Mansoor faces a 10-year sentence on similar charges – social media posts deemed insulting to the Government.The Court of State Security, the highest in the country, upheld the rights defender’s sentence on 31 December, and issued a one-million dirham fine; roughly $272,000.In May 2018, Mr. Mansoor was jailed along with four others, following the comments, accused of using social media to “publish false information” that harms “national unity” and damages “the country’s reputation.”Ms. Shamdasani said the conviction was another case of “harsh sentencing” for Mr. Mansoor, related to “his exercise of the right to freedom of expression and opinion.”“We urge the Government of the UAE to promptly and unconditionally release Mansoor and to ensure that individuals are not penalized for expressing views critical of the Government or its allies,” she said in a briefing statement to reporters.The number of reprisals against those who cooperate with the United Nations and work to uphold human rights highlighted in the UN Chief’s annual report, exposes a “shameful” level of retaliation suffered in 38 countries, some of which are members of the Human Rights Council.Acts of retaliation, including allegations of killing, torture, and public stigmatization campaigns, the report shows, inhibit the work of the UN and its partner organizations.
Altona Mining intends to investigate the use of AmmLeach® technology for the recovery of copper from the oxide ore zone at its Little Eva deposit in northwest Queensland, Australia.It is intended that Alexander Mining’s wholly owned subsidiary, MetaLeach will commence amenability test work at its laboratory facility on representative mineralised material samples shortly.Altona is a Perth, Australia based company which was formed in 2010 following the merger of ASX listed companies, Vulcan Resources and Universal Resources. The company’s two key projects are Outokumpu in Finland and Roseby in Queensland, Australia.Roseby is one of the largest known copper resources in Australia and has had a Definitive Feasibility Study completed in 2009. Permitting is nearing completion and Altona is optimising the study to target copper production up to 40,000 t/y.Little Eva is one of the deposits that forms part of Altona’s Roseby project and is a typical IOCG (iron-oxide copper-gold) deposit. A significant 15-30 m thick cap of oxide copper mineralisation (goethite, malachite, etc.) overlies the primary mineralisation (feldspar-quartz- hematite-carbonate-chalcopyrite). The primary mineralisation is a large and simple bulk tonnage copper-gold sulphide deposit which will be processed via an industry standard flotation plant to produce a copper-gold sulphide concentrate.
THE AUXILIARY BISHOP of the Archdiocese of Armagh, Gerard Clifford, has announced his retirement.Clifford said that his decision was based on medical advice that he had been receiving since last August.He said that he was thankful for the support that he had received during his 21 years as Auxiliary Bishop, and paid a special tribute to Cardinal Seán Brady, saying that “his humanity, deep faith and natural humility bear witness to the most fundamental of Gospel values.”Brady said that he was pleased for “Bishop Clifford’s own sake and for his health.”Clifford, who was born 1941, had been ordained as a priest in 1967 before being ordained Bishop in 1991.The resignation was made official following the its acceptance by Pope Benedict XVI, who is also due to retire tomorrow.As the Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Armagh, Clifford had worked with Cardinal Brady since his own appointment as the Archbishop of Armagh in 1995.Speaking of the work over the years, Brady said that Clifford had made a “selfless contribution to the work of the Irish Bishops’ Conference over the last twenty years”.Clifford said that he looked forward to “continuing my pastoral work in collaboration and with the support of the bishops, priests and lay people of the Archdiocese.” As I take on a different role I will continue, God willing, to promote and foster the Gospel message in its fullness. I ask that you remember me in your prayers today and in the future.Read: Pope to hold his final Vatican audience ahead of departure >
BRIDGET IS A mother of two who became homeless and lived in temporary accommodation after falling on difficult times.The accommodation was over a pub and the toilets she and her two children used were also used by customers from the pub.There was no kitchen for her to cook for her family.I was reduced to having to boil pasta and eggs in the kettle just so they had something they could eat.The woman feared for her family’s safety and slept with their suitcases against the bedroom door.Her son Finn has autism and Bridget said this made it even more difficult to manage and to find a suitable place to live. ”You can’t have a house directly on the main road with an autistic child. It would be too dangerous,” she said.One day, a young woman staying in the temporary accommodation, who the family had been friendly with, took her own life. Bridget said it was hard to see her already vulnerable children dealing with tragic events like this. She became determined to find a house for them – they could no longer live in this place.She sought help from Focus Ireland who found her a house four days before her daughter’s birthday. The landlord has done work on the house to make it more secure for Finn and the family have settled in well to the local community. They have even been adopted by the local cat, which Finn is delighted with.Now they feel safe.Bridget said that it is sometimes the little things that really hit you. Last Christmas, the family were able to have a tree for the first time in a long while.“Having a home means that the sense of safety is unbelievable,” she said. “I can close the door and it’s just me and the kids. I can keep my children safe and they are in an environment and we are not all stuck living in one room over a pub.”Bridget is just one of the 10,000 people Focus Ireland helped last year. The charity released its annual report for 2013 today, which pointed to a 25% increase in the demand for its services.The homeless charity said it has seen a particular increase in the number of families becoming homeless and if the government is going to achieve its aim of ending the crisis by 2016, it will need a combination of rent controls and social housing construction.Read: How is Dublin spending 100 times more on hotels for homeless people than in 2010?>Read: ‘The government needs to act now’: Demand for homeless service up 25%>Read: ‘The homeless tsunami has arrived’ as Dublin numbers reach new high>Read: ‘If it wasn’t for friends, I’d literally be on the streets’>
Anybody who has ever undertaken a DIY project is familiar with that point in the project where you realize your original plans aren’t quite going to work out. When that happens, you have two choices. You can either keep going with the original project and see how close to finished you can get it without breaking something, or you can scrap your original plan and wing it until you get the result you wanted in the beginning. DIY hacker Nathan Pryor had an experience like this recently, and the end result is a pumpkin you can play Tetris on.Not too long ago, a couple of Arduino hackers put together the LoLshield, which was designed to provide a quick and painless LED matrix. One of the things to come quickly after the release of this kit was the ability to play Tetris on the LED matrix. Nathan’s plan started out fairly simple, to embed the LoLshield into a pumpkin for a fun Halloween hack. Shortly after leaving the planning phase of this particular project, the LoLshield was scrapped and replaced with a more complex yet infinitely more elegant solution.The project evolved into a hand made 16 x 8 LED display mounted into a long faced pumpkin like a cabinet for an arcade game. The stem of the pumpkin has been cut off and re-attached as the joystick, which was mounted to the inside of the pumpkin. After a little custom programming for his new design and eight AA batteries connected to the Arduino board, the Pumktris was born. So far, the highest score on the Pumpktris is 9,800. Certainly more complicated than just embedding the LoLshield into a pumpkin, but way cooler.As someone who both loves Tetris and is utterly incapable of doing more than cutting poor excuses for triangles out of pumpkins, this project is undeniably the coolest pumpkin you will see this Halloween. Nathan’s only real criticism of his own project is a desire to have a separate pumpkin as the controller instead of trying to use the top of the main pumpkin. Perhaps Pumptris 2.0 will be made for next year!.You can take a look at the full project breakdown and all of Nathan’s other DIY projects over on his website.
This social welfare pilot for artists is a key commitment of the #CreativeIreland programme: we respect artists & their professionalism pic.twitter.com/XSIQZlFj2D— Heather Humphreys (@HHumphreysFG) June 12, 2017 http://jrnl.ie/3439602 Jun 12th 2017, 2:00 PM Monday 12 Jun 2017, 2:00 PM Arts Minister Heather Humphreys said the new pilot scheme is not a panacea, but is a clear sign that the government recognises the vital role that artists play in Irish society.Read: DUP ‘a compassionate party that won’t bring up abortion or gay marriage in Westminster’>Read: Independent Alliance confirms it will support Leo Varadkar as Taoiseach> ARTISTS AND WRITERS will find it a lot easier to access social welfare payments under a new government pilot scheme launched today.The new plan will allow self-employed professional artists apply for Jobseekers Allowance.Under the new initiative, such artists would not be subject to the activation process for 12 months. The normal checks and balances will apply to ensure the system is not open to abuse, but the process will be much more accessible for professional artists to access welfare payments when they need them.“There is a long-standing tax exemption for artists but that is no help to young artists or struggling artists who are trying to get started in life.“What this programme does, for the first time, it says to artists who are starting off, who are trying to make money from their art, that they can still claim social welfare and they won’t be subject to the same controls for activation procedures,” Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar told reporters today. Share263 Tweet Email12 Source: TheJournal Politics/Twitter Image: Shutterstock/Sasa Prudkov Image: Shutterstock/Sasa Prudkov Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Under the tax exemption scheme, the first €50,000 per annum of profits or gains earned by writers, composers, visual artists and sculptors from the sale of their work is exempt from income tax in Ireland in certain circumstances.However, this new initiative, which is a key commitment under the Creative Ireland Programme, shows that artists are central to Irish culture, said the incoming Taoiseach. Varadkar announces details of pilot initiative to make it easier for artists to access social welfare supports. Source: RollingNews.ie“Investing in the arts and culture is investing in ourselves,” he added.He said Ireland is world-famous as a haven for art and artists.This reputation for artistic achievement is part of our global USP (unique selling point). Promoting Ireland as a home for art and artists is central to may plans to double our global footprint in the years ahead. I believe it is only right that we allow for some flexibility within the social welfare system to allow artists to access social welfare supports when they need them. Leo Varadkar launching new pilot scheme to help artists access social welfare pic.twitter.com/PweRnWN9t3— TheJournal Politics (@TJ_Politics) June 12, 2017 19,790 Views Writers and artists will now find it a lot easier to get social welfare The government initiative will allow artists access social welfare supports. By Christina Finn Source: Heather Humphreys/Twitter Short URL Up to now, artists have found it difficult to access social welfare and of course many artists take on extra jobs to support their livelihoods.Making reference to his initiative to represent “people who get up early in the morning”, Vardakar told the crowd at Poetry Ireland in Parnell Square in Dublin that it never occurred to him the saying would be so “controversial”.However, he believes it is a sentiment that resonates with artists as they are “very serious about their work”. 57 Comments
Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form To be totally honest, we’re still not thrilled about how Disney/Marvel/Star Wars continues to treat directors as disposable tools instead of valuable artistic collaborators. It’s just a gross and corporate way to approach art, treating it like endless product for profit. So that’s why we’re finding it pretty hard to be excited about the Han Solo origin movie (ugh!) that had its original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller canned after shooting much of the film (ugh!!).However, new Solo director Ron Howard is very talented in his own right. Plus he starred in famous pre-Star Wars George Lucas film American Graffiti. It’s still likely Solo: A Star Wars Story will be a lemon when it releases later this month, but now we’ve seen the lemonade that’s possible by bringing Ron Howard into the franchise. Listen to him reprise his role as “the narrator” in this hilarious Star Wars/Arrested Development mash-up.From the iconic intro onwards, this spoof reveals the funny and fascinating parallels between the Bluth and Skywalker families. There are bad dads and dutiful sons and weird incest overtones we’re shocked to see an official StarWars.com video officially recognize. Both series even involve hands being chopped off, and both were at some point owned by Fox.The sketch also masterfully parodies Arrested Development’s uniquely comedic editing. While roughly following the plot of A New Hope, the narrator frequently flashes us back to other scenes or movies for some kind of ironic contrast. Again, it’s kind of wild to see an official Star Wars video acknowledge the awkwardness between older Obi-Wan lovingly discussing his relationship with Anakin and what the prequels showed us of how toxic that relationship actually was.Naturally this is really just one big ad for Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story. Ron even gets a plug in. But this May 4th is significant for both Star Wars and Arrested Development fans. As “May the Fourth,” it’s Star Wars Day with the now-expected annual deals and celebrations.But May 4th is also “Cinco De Cuatro,” a running joke from Arrested Development season 4. And on this Cinco De Cuatro Netflix will release a remixed version of the controversial, labyrinthine revival to build hype for season 5 coming this year. Just give Maeby Fünke Force powers and everything will come full circle. Or follow-up on that Tobias cameo in Avengers: Infinity War.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target
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