Enquiry sought into Bastar fake encounters

first_imgThe alleged fake encounter deaths of two tribals in the restive Bastar region of south Chhattisgarh has snowballed into a political issue in the State as all the Opposition parties have threatened a protest if an impartial inquiry is not conducted into the case.Chhattisgarh Police claimed to have killed “two Maoists” in an alleged encounter in the Purungal-Dokapara area near the Dantewada-Bijapur district border on January 29.The alleged Maoists were identified as Bhima Kadati and Sukmati Hemla. The police also claimed to have recovered a rifle and some other weapons from them.However, local villagers alleged that both the deceased were “common civilians”.The villagers approached the tribal activist and Aam Aadmi Party leader Soni Sori and other political parties for support and refused to bury the bodies.“Sukmati was Bhima’s sister-in-law. Both of them went to meet Bhima’s brother Baman Kadati in Kirandul (a town in Dantewada) on January 28, and on the way back they were picked up by the security forces. They were killed on January 29. The villagers told me that both of them had no connection with the Maoists. Both the bodies are yet to be buried. The condition of Sukmati’s body suggests that she may have been raped before being killed,” Ms. Sori told The Hindu.The Congress party, led by Dantewada MLA Devati Karma, also jumped into the villagers’ protest and appointed an inquiry team to probe the matter.Former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Ajit Jogi’s led a protest march by the Chhattisgarh Janata Congress to Chief Minister Raman Singh’s residence in Raipur on Saturday.last_img read more

Nadal, Dimitrov advance to Australian Open quarterfinal

first_imgDimitrov has never won a major, coming closest here last year before losing a semifinal to Rafael Nadal in five sets, but is enhancing his credentials as a next generation champion.Nadal secured his spot in a 10th Australian Open quarterfinal earlier Sunday on Rod Laver Arena, beating Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3 in 3 hours and 51 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 16-time major winner draped an arm around his Argentine friend and patted him on top of the head. If he needed a fitness test in the first week in his comeback from an injured right knee, he got it.“A great battle … he’s a good friend of mine,” Nadal said. “This is the first big match that I played in 2018. That’s confidence for myself … confidence I can resist for four hours on court at a good intensity.” Read Next Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH The Patriots and Eagles will square off in Super Bowl 52 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman in their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)MELBOURNE, Australia — After snuffing out local hopes for yet another Australian Open, Grigor Dimitrov huddled with Nick Kyrgios at the net and the pair exchanged encouraging words.It was Kyrgios, having just lost 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-6 (4) in the fourth round in a typically tempestuous performance, who left No. 3-ranked Dimitrov with this message: “Believe.”ADVERTISEMENT Nadal lifted to win the third, but Schwartzman didn’t relent.The second game of the fourth set lasted almost 13 minutes, with Nadal finally holding after saving five break points.He broke again in the next game to regain control.“It was a good test for me. It was a lot of hours on court. Moments under pressure,” Nadal said.Britain’s Kyle Edmund reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal with a 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-2, 6-3 afternoon win over Andreas Seppi and could relax and watch the night-time entertainment featuring Dimitrov and Kyrgios. They all played two weeks ago in Brisbane, where Edmund lost to Dimitrov, who lost to eventual champion Kyrgios.Both Dimitrov and Kyrgios got tense at key times in the night match. Dimitrov was broken while serving for the match. Kyrgios was called for a foot fault, double-faulted on a set point and smashed an easy overhead into the net on a break point after dominating the rally. He had 36 aces, and some second serves recorded at faster than 202 kph (125 mph).“Only a couple points in it, you know. It wasn’t like I got demolished out there,” said Kyrgios, who missed the chance to end the drought for local men that dates back to the 1976 Australian Open. “I had a lot of chances to win the match and I just came up short.”He tipped his mate Dimitrov to go far.“He hasn’t even found his best form yet and he’s still getting through all those matches, which is pretty frightening,” Kyrgios said. “Once he finds his feet and he has more confidence, he’s got a real chance at winning it.”Dimitrov thanked him for the support, and said he’s growing more confident in his game. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img Nadal will next play 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic, who collected his 100th Grand Slam match win with a 6-7 (2), 6-3, 7-6 (0), 7-6 (3) victory over No. 10 Pablo Carreno Busta.“I had the 300th win of my career at the U.S. Open in 2014, so this is also beautiful one,” Cilic said of his latest major milestone. “I hope I’m going to continue and gather three more here.”Nadal lost last year’s Australian Open final to Roger Federer, but went on to regain the No. 1 ranking and win the French and U.S. Open titles before bringing his season to a premature end because of an injured right knee.Despite not playing any competitive matches in his Aussie Open preparation, Nadal advanced through three rounds without dropping a set.That streak finished when Schwartzman took the second set, rebounding three times after dropping serve to break back and win the tiebreaker.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View comments MOST READ 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Caroline Wozniacki continued to cash in on her second chance, reaching the quarterfinals here for the first time since 2012 with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Magdalena Rybarikova.After saving match points and coming back from 5-1 down in the third set of her second-round win, No. 2-ranked Wozniacki said she was “playing with the house money” and had nothing to lose.Wozniacki next plays Carla Suarez Navarro, who rallied from a set and 4-1 down to beat No. 32 Anett Kontaveit 4-6, 6-4, 8-6.The other quarterfinal will feature the winners of two tune-up events. Brisbane International champion Elina Svitolina beat Denisa Allertova 6-3, 6-0 in a match that started just before midnight.Fourth-seeded Svitolina next plays Hobart International winner Elise Mertens, who beat Petra Martic to reach the quarterfinals in her Australian Open debut. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Blatche joins Gilas Pilipinas practice

first_imgSlow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Jayson Castro and June Mar Fajardo bannered the attendees, together with Gabe Norwood, Kevin Alas, Roger Pogoy, Jio Jalalon, Matthew Wright, Carl Bryan Cruz, and Kiefer Ravena.Calvin Abueva also attended the session though, Reyes had already ruled him out of making the roster for the February window.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJapeth Aguilar was also present, but watched the session from the sidelines.Big man Abu Tratter, a member of Reyes’ “23-for-23” cadet list, lent a hand in the practices. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/INQUIRER.netAndray Blatche reunited with his Gilas Pilipinas teammates on Monday afternoon as he rejoined the team at the start of its daily trainings at West Greenhills Gym.Blatche was the latest addition in the session as coach Chot Reyes had 12 locals present for practice.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Manalang nets 40 as new recruits help AMA post 1st victory Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerscenter_img Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The Philippines is preparing for the second window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers, where it faces powerhouse Australia on February 22 at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne before flying back home to take on Japan on February 25 at Mall of Asia Arena. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum View commentslast_img read more

World T20: Bangladesh seek Pakistan’s help to tackle Saeed Ajmal

first_imgBangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim said feedback from former Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq will help counter Saeed Ajmal in their do-or-die clash against Pakistan in Pallekele on Tuesday.Bangladesh need a big win over the 2009 champions in their final group D match to advance to the Super Eights but Ajmal’s danger looms large after the off-spinner took four for 30 in Pakistan’s 13-run win over New Zealand on Sunday.New Zealand, who have already qualified for Super Eights, beat Bangladesh by 59 runs in the opening group match. The top two teams from the group qualify for the Super Eights.Saqlain regarded as the inventor of doosra – off-spinner’s stock delivery which turns the other way and is mastered by Ajmal – is currently serving as Bangladesh’s bowling coach. “Ajmal is a world class bowler but we have taken help from Saqlain who is very experienced. We have to execute our plans on the field and it’s a do-or-die match for us but Pakistan is not unbeatable if we play well,” said Rahim.Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez said he feels blessed with a varied bowling attack, led by Ajmal. “What else can you ask for when you have such a variety in your bowling attack,” said Hafeez, who, along with Ajmal and Shahid Afridi, holds spin responsibilities, with rookie left-armer Raza Hasan in reserves. Hafeez, however, said Bangladesh will not be taken lightly.last_img read more

BCCI appoints Johri as its first CEO

first_imgMumbai, Apr 20 (PTI) Acting on the recommendation of the Supreme Court-appointed Justice Lodha Committee, the BCCI today appointed media professional Rahul Johri as its first ever Chief Executive Officer. Johri, who was last serving as Discovery Networks Asia Pacifics Executive Vice-President and General Manager for South Asia, will take on his new role starting June 1 and will be reporting to BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur, a statement from the Board said. The appointment of a CEO to oversee non-cricketing management was one of the suggestions made by the Justice Lodha panel set up by the Supreme Court to identify structural changes and bring in accountability in the way the cricket body is run following the IPL spot-fixing scandal. While the committee had recommended a five-year contract for the CEO, the BCCI did not give details on Johris tenure, but said he would report to the honorary secretary. He will be based at the Mumbai office. In the past, Ratnakar Shetty had served as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of BCCI and is currently the Chief Operating Pfficer (COO) of IPL. He is also serving as General Manager, Game Development. Johri brings with him immense experience and knowledge on Board and will be responsible for the smooth functioning of operations, stakeholder management and building robust strategies for further promoting the sport. Commenting on the appointment, BCCI President Shashank Manohar, said, “We are pleased to have Rahul with us and are sure his vast experience and knowledge will benefit the Board. His vision, guidance and support will contribute towards the successful working of the BCCI.” BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur said, “We welcome Rahul aboard and wish him luck for his new role at BCCI. In the past one year, BCCI has undertaken various initiatives aimed towards transforming the working of BCCI in order to make the functioning more robust. This endeavor is another initiative of the Board aimed in the same direction and will mark as one more milestone towards strengthening the professional working of the BCCI.” On his appointment, Johri said, “I am honoured at the opportunity to serve millions of Indian cricket fans. It will be my utmost endeavor to contribute to the Indian cricket. I am thankful to the President and Honorary Secretary of the BCCI for bestowing such faith in me. I look forward to everyones support to fulfill this tremendous responsibility.” With over 20 plus years of experience in the media industry, Johri was last associated with Discovery Networks for 15 years and was leading South Asia operations for the past eight years. PTI SCC AH MRM KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

Report: Bournemouth 0 Chelsea 1

first_imgBournemouth 0 Chelsea 1: Hazard winner gives Conte timely boost Chris Myson Last updated 2 years ago 02:22 10/29/17 Hazard - Cropped Getty Images Chelsea moved back into the top four of the Premier League by securing a relatively comfortable victory over Bournemouth. Eden Hazard scored a second-half winner as Chelsea earned a deserved 1-0 away win over Bournemouth to move back within nine points of Premier League leaders Manchester City.In the build-up to the game, manager Antonio Conte lashed out at “b******t” reports which claimed the players were unhappy with his training methods and linked Carlo Ancelotti to his job.And there was further pressure on Chelsea after wins for City, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool earlier on Saturday, but the champions responded with an assured display.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The visitors dominated the first half but could not find a breakthrough as Alvaro Morata missed a golden chance before having a goal controversially ruled out for offside.However, Hazard did strike early in the second half, firing in his fifth Premier League goal in four matches against Bournemouth by beating Asmir Begovic at his near post.Chelsea, who rallied to beat Watford with a thrilling late comeback last week, have now won two straight top-flight games after only tasting victory in one of their previous four.The win means the Blues move back up to fourth in the Premier League, four points behind United in second and one adrift of third-placed Tottenham, who lost at Old Trafford.Bournemouth had beaten Stoke City in their last league outing, but this defeat – in which they failed to produce a shot on target until second-half stoppage time – leaves Eddie Howe’s side 19th in the table with only seven points and six goals to show from their first 10 games.@hazardeden10 v Bournemouth in #PL5️ goals4️ matches#BOUCHE pic.twitter.com/M7WMJVpNfO— Premier League (@premierleague) October 28, 2017Pedro, a scorer against Watford, fired over from just outside the area early on. At the other end, Benik Afobe over-hit a pass for Charlie Daniels to end a promising Bournemouth attack, although it was the visitors who wasted the best chance of the first half.A poor clearance from former Chelsea goalkeeper Begovic allowed Hazard to slip Morata through on goal, but the striker could only put his tame finish wide.Morata had the ball in net a few moments later, only to be denied when – in what looked like a marginal call – it was ruled Cesar Azpilicueta had strayed offside as David Luiz’s original deflected shot was fired at the Bournemouth keeper.The ex-Real Madrid striker’s frustrating evening continued when, having again been found by Hazard, he dribbled past Simon Francis and saw his left-footed effort impressively saved by Begovic, with Conte visibly annoyed as half-time arrived with the match still level.But it only took Chelsea six minutes to make the breakthrough in the second half, as Francis failed to cut out Morata’s chipped pass and Hazard raced in to beat Begovic at his near post with a powerful left-footed finish.Jordon Ibe, who had been brought on at the break after initially being left out as part of two changes from Howe, had a powerful strike deflect just over as Bournemouth sought a response.But Bournemouth were struggling to gain meaningful possession and creating little going forward, with Thibaut Courtois not having a shot to save in the whole match until Steve Cook fired straight at him in the final moments.Cesc Fabregas lashed over from close range after being fed by Hazard late on, but that mattered little as Chelsea cruised to what was a comfortable victory, despite the close scoreline.Key Opta stats:- Bournemouth’s only shot on target of the game came in the 93rd minute.- Indeed, that tally of just one shot on target is the Cherries’ joint-lowest total ever in a home Premier League game.- Chelsea have won six of their last seven away Premier League games (L1).- Bournemouth have picked up just four points from their five Premier League home games this season (W1 D1 L3), after accruing 10 points from their last five last season (W3 D1 L1).- Only Diego Costa (10 goals scored) has hand a hand in more goals in his first nine Premier League appearances for Chelsea than Morata (9). read morelast_img read more

Zidane: Real Madrid will get better

first_imgReal Madrid Zidane certain Real Madrid will get better after Ronaldo snatches nervy win Chris Myson Last updated 1 year ago 03:38 11/26/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Zinedine Zidane Real Madrid 2017 Getty Images Real Madrid Primera División Zinédine Zidane Real Madrid v Málaga Málaga After the Blancos edged a five-goal thriller against Malaga, their manager opted to focus on the positives in predicting an improved run of form Zinedine Zidane has confidence Real Madrid will continue to improve after grabbing an entertaining 3-2 victory over struggling Malaga in La Liga.A thrilling encounter at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday saw the champions lose the lead twice before ultimately prevailing when Cristiano Ronaldo scored the rebound from his own missed penalty 14 minutes from time.Real 11/2 to win Champions League Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Madrid’s triumph was far from convincing, but Zidane feels they are on the right track after winning three and drawing one of their last four matches across all competitions.It was a timely result with Madrid’s La Liga title rivals Valencia and Barcelona set to do battle at Mestalla on Sunday and Zidane has his sights set on a consistent run of form.”In this game we added three points, but for sure we will make things better,” he said after a match in which Karim Benzema and Casemiro netted headers.”What I would like to do now is make three, four, five, six, seven good games in a row, but we are on schedule. “We started the game well and scored the first goal quickly, which is important. But everything changed and the second half was very difficult.”When teams come here, they play for their lives but we like to play here at home.”We have to be positive because we have won three points. We are happy with the result even though there were other things that were not as we wanted.”3 goals.3 points.¡VAMOS! #RMLiga | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/12wpep4pOw — Real Madrid C.F.🇬🇧 (@realmadriden) November 25, 2017 Ronaldo’s winner was only his second goal from nine league matches this season and came after he had endured another frustrating afternoon in front of goal, failing to convert multiple opportunities.Zidane said: “He had chances but you also have to see the goalkeeper [Roberto]. Sometimes there is a goalkeeper.”I remember what the goalkeeper did when we played against Betis and it was the same in this match. In the end Karim scored, Cristiano scored and we will as always – me first of all – be positive.”Madrid are back in action against Fuenlabrada in the Copa del Rey on Tuesday before a testing trip to play Athletic Bilbao in La Liga.last_img read more

What is Volta and why has FIFA Street been renamed?

first_imgFIFA 20 is fast approaching and the video game franchise is determined to make a splash when it releases on September 27, 2019.Along with the usual tweaks and upgrades, the return of street football looms as the biggest addition for FIFA 20.Seven years on from the release of the last FIFA Street game, EA Sports will return to the pavement this year but have adopted a new name and approach to the small-sided game.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? What does ‘Volta’ mean?The name Volta is Portuguese and translates to ‘return’ – something EA is finally doing when it comes to street football.”We’ve focused on the 11-side form of the game for many years successfully – well there’s a whole other world of football out there and that’s the street scene,” FIFA 20 creative director Matt Prior told Goal.”The idea is we’re bringing the other half of the football world to the game.”Fans have been demanding a return of small-sided football to FIFA for many years now with EA deciding the time was right to bring it back.”When we hit out on the road every single year one of the top requests is bring back street football,” FIFA 20 executive producer Aaron McHardy said.”Bringing it back now has a lot to do with the technological innovations we’ve had over the past few years, particularly with the frostbite engine. It’s allowed us to do this in a way that we wouldn’t have been able to do it justice in the past.”  Why has FIFA Street been renamed?FIFA 20 Volta AmsterdamWhileEA are bringing street football back, they are looking to distance themselves from FIFA Street by adopting a new name and approach to gameplay.Though some people that were involved in FIFA Street have helped out on Volta, the new mode is aiming to be more realistic.”We travelled the globe to do our research and look at the street football game to understand the culture of it,” McHardy said.”FIFA Street we built many years ago was fantastical, over the top and probably not authentic, we wanted to root (Volta) in authenticity.”The FIFA family at EA is quite large and there was a ton of experience from people that did work of FIFA Street.”But we weren’t looking back intentionally trying to recreate this experience because we wanted to make something more authentic and more befitting of the culture of street football.” Volta will also take place on more than just streets with the game set to include a variety of locations from a rooftop in Tokyo to a classic futsal court.last_img read more

Portable Power: Brunton

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Professional Nomads Show Off How They Renovated an Airstream We’ve all been there. You’re nine hours into a serious road trip and you’re trying to instagram that perfect sunset when your phone dies. Rather than sitting in the car waiting for that little charger to get you a little boost, it’s time to upgrade your portable power game. We took a few of the power accessories from Brunton on our spring road trips and didn’t miss a single country road turn from a GPS drained battery.Related: Road Trip Like a Boss | Supreme and MophieExplorerOut on the trail you won’t find a power outlet, but you’ll almost always have sunlight. The Explorer solar panels pump out enough current to power any USB or handheld device from phones to your GoPro. It also connects to any Brunton battery pack, letting your top off back in basecamp after the sun goes down. Every size is ruggedized for use in serious backcountry situations, and they conveniently fold up to take up very little space in your pack.Power KnifeA broken lightning or USB connector can be a day ruiner. Skip the cables and add a little protection with the Power Knife. Featuring lightning, Apple 30-pin, and mini USB, the Power Knife is indispensable from your daily commute to outdoors excursions. It’s covered by Brunton’s U-Proof no questions warranty, so if you actually manage to break it (color us impressed if you do) they’ll get you a replacement for free.Torpedo 2600Featuring 2600mAh – enough to charge a typical smartphone twice – the Torpedo 2600 is the perfect accessory for travelers on the go. It can be charged with either a DC car charger socket or through a micro USB connector and solar panel. The on board lithium battery charges faster and holds its charge through at least one thousand charges. We were able to keep our GoPros, phone, and GPS topped off on every day trip. The Best Wireless Charging Pads and Stands, No Strings Attached Behold the World’s Most Adventure-Ready Electric Motorcycle A Beginner’s Guide to Road Biking The Ultimate Road Trip Prep Guide from The Manual Podcast Crewlast_img read more

Preparations Underway for Anne Frank A Visit to Nova Scotia

first_imgDozens of Nova Scotians will spend time this fall familiarizing themselves with some unsettling topics, including discrimination, prejudice and even genocide. The residents will be preparing to act as docents — specially trained volunteer guides — for the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission’s upcoming Anne Frank in the World exhibit. Anne Frank was 13 when she and seven other Jews went into hiding in a secret annex above her father’s Amsterdam office during the Second World War. Her diary, discovered after German authorities raided the space and took away its occupants, details the more than two years that the group spent in the cramped quarters. Anne Frank in the World is a travelling exhibit that features excerpts from Anne’s diary as well as historic photos by her father, Otto, and others. It has also been customized for its Nova Scotia visit to include panels specific to provincial issues of prejudice and discrimination. The exhibit opens at Victoria Park in Sydney on Monday, Sept. 11, and remains there until Oct. 15. It then travels to the Museum of Natural History in Halifax for a showing from Oct. 24 to Jan. 28, 2007. “This is an inspiring event that the commission has actually been working on for more than a year,” said Michael Noonan, acting director and CEO of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. “We have received tremendous support from private and public sector partners — all of whom understand the impact a display of this kind can have on Nova Scotians’ thoughts about prejudice, propaganda and personal accountability.” The travelling display was developed by the Anne Frank Foundation in Amsterdam and sponsored in the United States and Canada by the New York-based Anne Frank Center USA, Inc. Training for the docents is also being provided via the center. “The training will be held the week before the display opens in each community so there is still time for people to come forward if they are interested in becoming a docent,” said Mr. Noonan. In Cape Breton Regional Municipality, volunteers should call 563-2140. Individuals interested in participating in Halifax should call 424-3137. The commission is cautioning Nova Scotians that some viewers may find portions of the display disturbing and that it may not be appropriate for young children. “Some of the content could be considered graphic,” said Mr. Noonan, “that is why context is so important. We hope many families and schools groups will take advantage of this opportunity to not only look at the historic realities but to also explore how we identify and deal with acts of discrimination in a modern context.” For more information on the exhibit see the website at www.gov.ns.ca/humanrights/annefrank .last_img read more

Southern Provincial Council votes against 20th Amendment

Under the proposed 20th Amendment elections to all Provincial Councils will be held in one day.Last week the North Central Provincial Council approved the 20th Amendment to the Constitution while the Uva Provincial Council voted against it. The Southern Provincial Council today voted against the 20th Amendment to the Constitution.The drafty bill on the 20th Amendment was rejected with 27 members voting against it. The opposition walked out at the time of the vote. The draft Bill on the 20th Amendment to Constitution was presented to Parliament last week. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Hamilton pair face charges after police find 270K worth of drugs

A man and woman from the Hamilton Mountain face several charges in a drug investigation.Members of Hamilton Police executed a search warrant at a home near Upper Wentworth St. and Fennell Ave. E on June 7 around 4:30 p.m.Inside, officers found a slew of drugs including cocaine, crystal meth and fentanyl among many others.Police say the total value of the drugs seized is approximately $270,000.They also seized ammunition and Canadian currency exceeding $10,000.A 25-year-old man and 24-year-old woman, both from Hamilton, were arrested.Both face numerous drug charges. read more

Using new supply route UN rushes relief aid to warweary Afghans

Furnished by the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the shipments included wheat, winter clothes and water containers, passing over what promises to be a key supply route, according to Stephanie Bunker, spokesperson for the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan.“The Termez River crossing is expected to become a major corridor for shipment of humanitarian assistance into northern Afghanistan, where an estimated 3 million people face hunger, displacement and a bitter winter,” she told reporters in Islamabad.For his part, the UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan, Michael Sackett, pledged to continue providing relief to millions of vulnerable civilians in the region. “We are fully ready to start bringing in this assistance from Termez as soon as we are satisfied of the required security guarantees for UN staff, both national and international, and of our relief convoys and their distribution to the identified needy population in Northern Afghanistan,” he said. Meanwhile, the security situation in Mazar-i-Sharif has been marked by reports of tension among various Northern Alliance troops, according to Ms. Bunker. “There are still reports of bodies in the streets, although it is not clear whether they are civilians or military,” she said. “UN vehicles have been seen on the streets, driven by Northern Alliance commanders.”According to UNHCR spokesman Yusuf Hassan, the agency’s office in Mazar-i-Sharif was totally looted. “Everything that could be carted away has been taken,” he said. “Looters have returned to remove the window frames.”In Kabul, a mob ransacked a warehouse used by UNHCR, reportedly taking away 1,400 tents and unknown quantities of quilts intended for internally displaced people and returnees.The agency, which is gearing up to fully resume its activities inside Afghanistan, plans to immediately deploy extra emergency staff and re-open its offices in the country, he said. “We hope to expand our programme in order to deliver the maximum assistance, as more areas become accessible.”WFP also plans to step up its relief efforts. In Kabul, agency telephone lines were being re-established and premises secured. “Access to the Panjsheer Valley should be open from Kabul in a few days,” said WFP spokesperson Lindsey Davies, noting that this would enable the agency to move food much more easily into the north. Meanwhile, a spokesman for UNICEF said Taliban soldiers had raided the agency’s sub-office in the Afghan capital yesterday. Chulho Hyun said they “beat three local guards, broke down the office door and took three hand-held radios.” read more

Week in Westminster – week ending Friday 2 May 2014

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Mens soccer OSU hopes to find a winning path versus Oakland

Senior forward Danny Jensen advances the ball down the field against a UC Santa Barbara defender. Credit: Ohio State AthleticsAfter losing its past four games, the Ohio State men’s soccer team returns to Columbus looking to string together some wins at the tail end of its season. The Buckeyes will take on Oakland University at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this Tuesday, the start of a two-game stretch at home. OSU fell victim to undefeated No. 1 Maryland on Friday night. Despite losing 2-0, coach John Bluem was impressed with how his team performed.  “That’s a real tough environment to play in. To be down early and not give up and battle like they did for the remaining 70 minutes was a great effort,” Bluem said. “In the second half we outshot them and out corner-kicked them. We made some adjustments and I think we played really well overall. I was really proud of our guys.”The Buckeyes have hit a bit of a drought in the scoring department — not scoring any goals in their last two contests. As a result, the game plan is going to have to change through the team’s remaining six games. “We are definitely going to have to be more aggressive moving forward,” said senior midfielder Henry Chancy. “The time for sitting back is no more. We have to go after every team and get them on their heels. We have nothing to lose now.”Oakland comes in struggling, much like the Buckeyes. At 4-6 on the season, the Golden Grizzlies had won three straight before losing their past two contests. Oakland’s leading scorer is redshirt senior Chase Jabbori, who has netted three goals on only 10 shots through the team’s first 10 games. Jabbori is tied in points with redshirt freshman Nebojsa Popovic and junior Austin Ricci, each with two goals and two assists apiece. The Golden Bears have been outscored 13-10 on the season, splitting time between two of their goalkeepers. Redshirt sophomore Zach Walker has gotten the bulk of the work, starting in 10 games while making 25 saves. For the Buckeyes, it was announced Friday that Tyler Kidwell and Danny Jensen were named candidates for the 2016 Senior CLASS Award. The award is given to a Division I senior that has notable achievements in four different areas: community, classroom, character and competition. “They are both really good leaders, strong students and great players,” Bluem said. “It says a lot for our university that we are producing these kinds of student athletes. I am happy for the two of them and proud of both of them. “The OSU men’s soccer program has had the past two award winners, with Alex Ivanov and Zach Mason taking home the award in 2014 and 2015, respectively. While excelling off the field, if the Buckeyes want to excel on the field, they know they must build off their performance against Maryland. “If we keep fighting like that and play the way we did, we can get on a hot streak and show that even though we don’t have everyone healthy right now, it’s still possible for us to make a good run,” said junior defender Hunter Robertson. “This next game is crucial for us.”Players and coaches alike understand that with just six games remaining on the schedule, they must put the past behind them and focus on the task at hand, even in games that are out of conference. “We can’t have a letdown because it’s a nonconference game,” Bluem said. “We have to play with intensity right from the start. We are going to treat this game as if it’s a conference opponent out there. We are going to keep doing what we do well and hopefully we catch some breaks and get some wins.” read more

Tenyearold boy believed to be the youngest Briton to recite Pi to

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. A ten-year-old boy is believed to have become the youngest Briton to recite Pi to 220 decimal places, after performing the feat in his school assembly.Charley Thomas, of Wycliffe Preparatory School in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, achieved the feat during a school event to mark Pi Day of March 14, after rehearsing for a week. Pi is calculated by dividing a circle’s circumference by its diameter.  The first digits, 3.14, are well known, but the number is infinitely long and extending the sequence is difficult because the number follows no set pattern. Charley said: “I’m not very good at standing up and doing something in front of people so I was a bit nervous at assembly.”I had rehearsed at home and knew I could get to 220 places. I really like maths.”The number is used in engineering, physics, supercomputing and space exploration – because its value can be used in calculations for waves, circles and cylinders.According to the Pi World Ranking List website, which names Indian Suresh Kumar Sharma as the person to recite the most digits of pi at 70,030 in 2015, Charley places 451st in the world.Charley’s headmaster, Adrian Palmer, said: “This is an incredible achievement and one that no Wycliffe pupil has done before.  Charley received a standing ovation for his efforts in assembly and it was so richly deserved.” Earlier this week, Google employee Emma Haruka Iwao broke the Guinness World Record for calculating pi to the most number of digits.  Her calculation to 31.4 trillion decimal places broke the previous record by nearly nine trillion digits. read more

Womens leadership forum

first_imgAn initiative of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV), the Cross Cultural Women’s Leadership Forum will bring together women from diverse cultural backgrounds who are active in Victorian ethnic community organisations in decision making and leadership roles in their respective communities. The aim is to provide an opportunity for an honest and open exchange of experiences for women who are involved within their ethnic communities at a voluntary and leadership level, including discussion of real and perceived barriers to participation, perceptions within the community and common issues faced within both established and newly arrived communities.Funding for this project has been granted through the Victorian Government’s Office of Women’s Policy with the support of the GOCMV. The main speaker at the forum will be former Premier of Victoria and Patron of the Cooperative for the Victorian Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Coalition, Ms Joan Kirner. The forum will include panel discussions on three key themes: 1. Representing your community – women on community boards to discuss leadership in ethnic community organisations; barriers to participation; marginalisation into women’s groups; skills and expertise and other relevant issues.2. Working with government – understanding the various departments and agencies that can assist women in community organisations; representative councils, grants and programs available. 3. Women as bearers of culture – the role women play in maintaining ethnic community traditions and customs. The forum will be held on Thursday 16 June in Melbourneand is by invitation only. Visit: www.greekcommunity.com.au Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Does Greece want its marbles back

first_imgIn politics, a good strategy means adopting a masterful plan that embraces an array of coherent political, diplomatic and legal tactics – with a mix of sophistication and cunning – designed to achieve a desired outcome. In the case of the campaign for the return of the Parthenon Sculptures, removed more than 200 years ago by Lord Elgin and currently on display in the British Museum in London, recent statements by Greek Culture Minister, Aristidis Baltas confirm that Greece sadly does not possesses any logical or nuanced strategy for their reunification. On 8 December 2015, Baltas addressed the Greek parliament’s Standing Committee on Cultural Affairs, which was debating the proposed adoption into Greek law of the provisions of European Union Directive 2014/60 for the return of cultural treasures unlawfully removed from the territory of a member state. Members of the committee expressed support for this law (which only applies to important cultural artefacts taken after 1993) although many actually instanced the case of the Parthenon Sculptures as the most celebrated case of national cultural treasures that have been illegally displaced from their country of origin. The culture minister was asked about the state of affairs in relation to the campaign for return of the Ελγίνεια (although they are now known as the Parthenon Sculptures). Baltas simply responded that the trend is not to proceed with litigation because Greece risks losing in the courts and “if we lose things will get tough”. Instead, referring to the sad destruction of Syria’s cultural heritage and memory by IS, the minister drew an analogy with the “rape” of the Parthenon, and believed that changes in public opinion would put pressure on the British to back down. According to Baltas, “it helps that people come and visit the Acropolis Museum, the Acropolis itself, because it shows how we are worthy to welcome the ancient and debunks the arguments by the British (as to the Greeks’ supposed inability to look after the sculptures).” Baltas concluded that Greece now has a lot more friends and that she is on a “good road”. I am sorry to say but the minister’s comments are no more than an exercise in self-delusion and denial and betray a fundamental lack of any reasoned or thought-out strategy on the part of the Greek government. It is an almost universal truth that the sculptures should be returned. Melina Mercouri first lit the torch for the marbles in the early 1980s and surprised the British with her dramatic flourishes and confrontationist views. Following her visit in 1983, the Greek government made a formal request for the return of the marbles. British Foreign Office records that have recently been released show that the British were concerned at a Greek strategy that set out to win the hearts and minds of the British people before an approach was made to the British parliament or UK government. The best defence was to argue that Elgin had rescued the marbles and that they now formed an integral part of British national heritage. Even the former Keeper of Greek and Roman Antiquities in the British Museum warned back in 1991 that the next phase of the campaign for repatriation was likely to begin any time after the actual start of construction of the new Acropolis Museum and the debate would become fiercer than before. Unfortunately, successive Greek governments since 2009, when the museum was finally unveiled, have been content to rest on their laurels, assuming that the British establishment would cave in to public pressure and return the sculptures. But the British Museum had a different idea. Since 2002 it has steadily reinvented and re-badged itself as a universal museum, a museum of the enlightenment and the collective memory of mankind. A visitor to Bloomsbury today is greeted by a sign proclaiming the British Museum to be the museum of and for the world. Inside the Duveen Gallery, the visitor can read about how Elgin ‘saved’ the marbles and how they now tell a different story in London, disconnected both geographically and spiritually from the Parthenon in Athens. The visitor can also pick up an information leaflet putting the British case for retention. These leaflets have been available at the British Museum for at least the last decade but apparently it’s something that has come as a surprise to Baltas. The minister informed the Greek parliament that he recently learned from a friend that the British Museum was handing out literature stating that the marbles should remain in the British Museum, thereby confirming in his own mind that the British Museum has gone on the defensive in the face of mounting public pressure. When was the last time a Greek culture minister visited the British Museum, or indeed engaged the British government on the subject of the marbles? Try 2002, when then culture minister Venizelos went to London. Has the Greek government ever attempted to engage the British Museum about its universal museum myopia? I daresay no. The issue of the Parthenon Sculptures has also been on the agenda of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin for more than 30 years and yet no tangible progress has ever been achieved in that time. In early 2015 the British government belatedly refused a request made by Greece through UNESCO some 18 months earlier for the mediation of the dispute. Greece’s official response was that it would try to go through UNESCO again. With diplomatic initiatives effectively stalled or simply nonexistent, the former Samaras government engaged the UK team of lawyers led by Geoffrey Robertson QC (and including Norman Palmer and Amal Clooney) to advise on Greece’s various legal options, including rights and remedies that may be available under customary international law if a case was brought in the International Court of Justice or the European Court of Human Rights. Of course there are no guarantees in litigation, but the actual or threatened commencement of proceedings can bring parties to the table to have meaningful and structured negotiations and the prospects of success were reasonable in any event. When Amal Clooney famously arrived in Athens in October 2014, suddenly everyone was talking about the Parthenon and its sculptures, and the publicity generated a great amount of goodwill towards Greece and the whole issue of return. The trustees of the British Museum were so rattled that they hastily arranged a ‘loan’ of the pedimental sculpture of Ilissos the River God to the Hermitage Museum in Russia to remind the Greeks who ‘owned’ the sculptures. A comprehensive legal advice was finally delivered to the new Tsipras government in mid-2015, but not before the former minister of culture Nikos Xydakis publicly appeared to rule out legal action and then issued a statement of clarification saying that everything was still on the table. Sadly, any doubts about the Greeks’ resolve have now been confirmed by Baltas’ recent comments. The rejection of the legal route because of the fear of losing is a cheap way out and is more suggestive of an ideological mindset that simply opposes anything initiated by the previous conservative government regardless of merit. As far as the Parthenon Sculptures are concerned, Greece is on a road to nowhere, while the Culture Ministry revolving door of ministers labour under the grand delusion that somehow a strategy relying on public opinion and cultural diplomacy will sway the British. On 9 December 2015 at the resumed hearing of the Parliamentary Cultural Affairs Committee, Minister for Culture Aristidis Baltas appeared to backtrack from his seemingly dogmatic renunciation of legal action in the case of the Parthenon Sculptures made in the chamber the day before. The minister was rightly taken to task by the MP from the Potamos Party, Grigorios Psarianos. Psarianos described it as a colossal “diplomatic gaffe” and that it was inappropriate for a person with ministerial authority to make such a statement. In fact, he likened the situation to the Greek minister for foreign affairs coming out and saying Greece would not take part in negotiations regarding the resolution of the Cyprus issue for fear that they may lose the argument. Baltas attempted to clarify his comments from the previous day by denying that he had ruled out litigation and simply reasserted that any type of legal process carries inherent risks. He went on to say that the government may yet have to go to court to obtain legal redress, but the issue must first be thoroughly examined so that it has the support of the international community. Baltas went on to suggest, without elaborating further, that any application to a court should be made by the international community as a whole without elaborating. So is this a case of yet another backflip by a culture minister? It will be recalled that in March 2015 Baltas’ predecessor, Nikos Xydakis, made similar statements purporting to rule out litigation, only to retract them within days. Watching the minister give his statement of ‘clarification’ in the parliamentary chamber left me with the impression he was merely attempting to deflect the criticism which he had attracted by playing down his ill-chosen comments. In The Times of London online edition published on 9 December – under the heading ‘Greece drops Amal Clooney from Elgin Marbles case’ – the minister is quoted as saying that the decision to bypass legal proceedings (at least at this stage) is “all about taking a more pragmatic approach towards finding a solution through diplomatic and political channels”. He added: “It’s also not fair that Greece alone take on Britain. At a time when the world is expressing horror over Islamic State’s destruction of antiquities, all civilised states should come together and condemn the cultural genocide that took place at the expense of the Parthenon. That’s the spirit we have to mobilise, not legal action. Not now, at least.” It is understood the recommendation of the lawyers was for Greece to institute proceedings in the International Court of Justice in the Hague, but according to Baltas the decision not to take that course followed a “thorough review of the report”. The minister added: “No one has the right to risk the chance of losing that case.” I am afraid that Mr Baltas is being poorly advised. What is the actual legal advice? The lawyers have apparently urged the government to publish their advice and to use it as the basis for making a formal legal claim to the British government and the British Museum. So if there are risks, what are they? At the same time, the minister should elaborate on what diplomatic and political tools the government proposes to use – apart from indulging in the usual rhetoric – to persuade the British to let go of the sculptures? A good start would be to develop and stick to a consistent and coherent narrative regarding Greece’s desire to repatriate the Parthenon Sculptures without having to make repeated clarifications or retractions which simply diminish the message you are trying to convey to the British and the rest of the world. And yes, there are risks with any legal action of a potentially adverse outcome. But doing nothing is even worse. * George Vardas is the vice-president of Australians for the Return of the Parthenon Sculptures. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more