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Hiding candidates’ details evoke criticism in Jammu & Kashmir

first_imgAuthorities in Kashmir have decided not to make public the details of candidates contesting the urban local bodies polls in volatile pockets of the Valley ‘due to security reasons’, evoking sharp reactions from political parties.“Lack of transparency will only bring disrepute to the institution of democracy. It seems former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s legacy is being reversed. Mr. Vajpayee as Prime Minister ensured fair elections in J&K and allowed peoples’ representatives to come up. This saw a new hope emerging among people who started looking up to elections as a credible exercise. In the process, mainstream political parties too gained important space despite Kashmir’s complex situation,” senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Nayeem Akhar told The Hindu.He described the situation in J&K “worse than in the 1990s”. “It’s getting worse than 1990s with non-locals being fielded as candidates in many wards. They may have visited the area for the first time on the day of nominations. The way the elections are held goes against the tenets of democracy,” said Mr. Akhtar.Poll boycottAll major regional parties, including the PDP and the National Conference, have decided to boycott the polls, leaving the Peoples Conference, the Congress and the BJP as major players in the fray. “The credibility of the poll process has been badly affected. No candidates have filed nomination in 177 wards, while in 215 wards the candidates have been declared unopposed. It speaks volumes about the power-thirsty BJP imposing elections. What will be the credibility of these polls, where even finding a candidate to contest has become difficult,” said Congress vice-president and MLC G.N. Monga.Contrary to J&K Chief Electoral Officer Shaleen Kabra directive to returning officers “to paste details of contesting candidates on notice boards”, scores of wards in south and north Kashmir have decided against it. “Candidates have pleaded with us that their lives will be in danger in case their details are made public. In many wards we decided against publicising it,” a south Kashmir-based Deputy Commissioner said. In a joint statement, separatist leaders, including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, have described the upcoming civic body elections “a sham”. “What bigger mockery and irony in this so-called democratic exercise that even the identity of candidates, who are supposed to represent public, will not be known to the people whom they will represent,” they said.last_img read more

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Sunny Leone dolls up in gold

first_imgThe ‘Baby Doll’ of Bollywood, Sunny Leone, was busy scorching the runway as the showstopper for designer and Bigg Boss 3 contestant Rohit Verma as he launched his latest bridal wear collection at a fashion show in Mumbai on Monday evening.In his latest collection, Verma’s range of cocktail wear and ensembles for nuptial functions was an overkill of colours and print that left the audience overwhelmed by the combinations.Bright festive hues, floral embroidery and a heavy helping of sheen were the overall temper of the collection.The show, however, still managed its share of applause when the Ragini MMS 2 star sashayed down the ramp in a gold- andred wedding ball gown with embroidery and feathers on the borders. Embellished elbow gloves completed the starlet’s ensemble, who, nevertheless, carried off the look with a radiant smile, kohled eyes, peach lipstick and a slightly messy hair up- do.Other familiar faces to grace the ramp were Leone’s husband Daniel Webber who looked smart in a tartan bandhgala and white jodhpurs and black lace- ups, and former actress Koena Mitra who sported an ornate maroon- and- gold lehenga skirt with a sleeveless mesh and embroidery top.Sunny poses for the shutterbugs in style.Recently crowned Miss India Worldwide 2014 Monica Gill was also present at the event. The US- born graduate from Boston, who bagged the coveted title last week in Abu Dhabi, UAE, cut a pretty picture in a fitted white gown with her winning crown adorning her hair and her sash proudly displayed.Television actress and Rohit’s Bigg Boss housemate Kamya Punjabi, model Jesse Randhawa and husband Sandeep Soparkar, Daisy Shah and Rashmi Desai also strutted down the ramp for the designer.advertisementlast_img read more

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STATE SENATE CANDIDATES DISCUSS ISSUES FACING IOWA LAWMAKERS

first_imgNorthwest Iowa voters in State Senate District 3 heard from the candidates hoping to fill that seat in a forum broadcast on KSCJ and KLEM Radio Wednesday.Republican Jim Carlin of Sioux City and Democrat Todd Wendt of Le Mars spoke about issues facing voters in Plymouth and Woodbury Counties.Carlin, who currently serves in the Iowa house, says he wants to see the legislature take on tax and health care reform in the upcoming session:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/SENFORUM.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………….loss coverage. :24Wendt served as the Le Mars Public School Superintendent for 17 years before retiring in June.He says he will be an advocate not just for education, but in many other areas:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/SENFORUM2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….person over party. ;23The special election to fill the remaining year of former Senator Bill Anderson’s term takes place next Tuesday, December 12th.last_img read more

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Laura Muir wins double-double to give Great Britain record medals tally

first_img Support The Guardian Women’s cycling race forced to pause after lead rider catches men’s race … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Share on Facebook Team GB Sport England’s fitness campaigns to target disadvantaged groups Share on Pinterest Athletics Share on Messenger A few minutes earlier there had been a major surprise in the men’s 1500m as the Norwegian wonder kid Jakob Ingebrigtsen, who was attempting the same double, was edged into second place by Marcin Lewandowski. But Muir, against a much weaker field, was never going to be thwarted.Her victory brought Britain’s medal tally at these European Championships to 11, beating the highest ever from Belgrade two years ago. That figure was quickly bumped up to 12 when Britain’s 4x400m women’s relay team of Laviai Nielsen, Zoey Clark, Amber Anning and Eilidh Doyle won silver on the last event of the night – although Poland topped the medal table by virtue of one more gold medal.“Nobody can take that away,” said Muir. “I’m the first person to do it and it’s really special. I might celebrate by going to the chippy”. However, she stressed that she would soon be knuckling down to prepare for the world championships in Doha. “I’ve got the indoor medals at the European and world stage, I’ve got the outdoor medals at the European stage – I’m missing that world stage medal and hopefully Olympic medal. Doha’s that first step and I want to be on that podium.”Muir said handling the pressures of a home championship – she trains at the Emirates Arena and recently bought her first house in Glasgow – boded well for the future. “I can’t really imagine there being a much more high-pressure environment than these past few days, and I’ve been cool as a cucumber really,” she said. news Topics Laura Muir Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp Laura Muir stormed into history by becoming the first athlete to achieve the double-double at a European Indoor Championships – and thereby helping the British team to a record medal haul.The 25-year-old was a hot favourite to add the 1500m title to her 3,000m gold on Friday – repeating her success from Belgrade two years ago – and she duly obliged, leading from the gun before stretching a long way clear with 400m left and coming home in 4 min 05.91 sec. The Pole Sofia Ennaoui took silver, more than three seconds back, just pipping Ireland’s Ciara Mageean. Share on LinkedIn Read more Read more The 24-year-old was clearly relishing the moment, declaring that his favourite element in the periodic table was krypton, “like Superman”, before adding: “I only started training at 18 properly, very progressively, and we’ve got a long-term view – it’s a big 18 months now, with world champs all the way through until Tokyo.”In the women’s pole vault Holly Bradshaw was also delighted with a silver medal after clearing 4.75m to finish behind the Russian Anzhelika Sidorova. “There were times when I questioned if I could ever get back to the level I thought I could be at,” admitted the 27-year-old. “But this indoor season has really concreted it to me that I can compete with the best.”Tim Duckworth took home silver in the men’s heptathlon, scoring 6,156 points to finish 62 behind the Spaniard Jorge Ureña. The only disappointment for Britain was seeing Andrew Pozzi, the reigning world indoor champion, finish sixth in the 60m hurdles final behind the Cypriot Milan Trajkovic. Share on Twitter Muir’s gold was not the only one for Britain on a night where medals seemed to arrive every few minutes. In the women’s 800m Shelayna Oskan-Clarke also led from gun to tape to win in 2 min 02.58 sec, ahead of Rénelle Lamote of France, with the Ukrainian Olha Lyakhova in third place.At 29 Oskan-Clarke is a late developer who was a personal trainer before bursting on to the scene in 2015. Since then she has won a world indoor bronze and a European indoor silver but this was her sweetest moment yet. “I know I’m strong but it’s just about making the right moves at the right times,” she said. “I wanted to be out there early and hold on for home. I knew I’d have no regrets then.”Meanwhile the unheralded south London science teacher Jamie Webb found the right formula for silver in the 800m behind the Spaniard Álvaro de Arriba, with the Irishman Mark English winning bronze. It provided one of the feelgood stories of the championships, but Webb will have little time to celebrate given that he is due back at school on Tuesday. “They best go easy on me because I’m tired,” he joked, before insisting that he could build on his result to go for Olympic glory. “I look at people like Nick Symmonds, who won a world championship bronze at 30, and there is no reason why I can’t run 1:44 or 1:43 this summer. I’ve improved every year and I was a latecomer to the sport.” Share via Email Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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10 months agoNapoli boss Ancelotti: Meret key to beating SPAL

first_imgNapoli boss Ancelotti: Meret key to beating SPALby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli boss Carlo Ancelotti hailed the performance of Alex Meret for victory over SPAL.The Azzurri won thanks to a goal from Raul Albiol.Ancelotti said, “We couldn’t kill off the game and so we suffered in those last few minutes, because SPAL put all of their efforts into getting the draw. We are not surprised about Meret’s quality because we see it every day in training.”He is a great talent, even if he hasn’t always been lucky. Today he showed what he can do. He truly is a special goalkeeper.”He added: “Tonight we lacked precision in our passes, even when we had the space for them. Later we were denied that space, and we should have played possession more purposefully, not just for the sake of it.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min lauds unbelievable teammate Jan Vertonghen

first_imgTottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min lauds unbelievable teammate Jan VertonghenJan Vertonghen, who usually plays as a centre back, was deployed as a left wing back in the absence of the injured Danny Rose and the versatile Belgium international helped himself to a goal and assist in the Champions League last-16 first leg tie against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley.advertisement Next Reuters LondonFebruary 14, 2019UPDATED: February 14, 2019 11:43 IST Jan Vertonghen (left) celebrates with Son Heung-min (7) and other Tottenham Hotspur teammates (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSTottenham Hotspur crushed Borussia Dortmund 3-0 in the Champions League last-16 first leg tieJan Vertonghen helped himself to a goal and assist in the first leg at Wembley”Jan Vertonghen is technically unbelievable and can play in any position,” Son Heung-min saidTottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen’s ability to play in multiple positions was crucial in their 3-0 win over Borussia Dortmund in Wednesday’s Champions League last-16 tie, according to teammate Son Heung-min.Vertonghen, who usually plays as a centre back, was deployed as a left wing back in the absence of the injured Danny Rose and the versatile Belgium international helped himself to a goal and assist in the first leg at Wembley.”Jan Vertonghen is technically unbelievable and can play in any position,” Son said in a post-match interview to BT Sport.”I am very happy for him, he deserved it. One goal and an assist.”Vertonghen doubled Tottenham’s lead in the 83rd minute when he got on the end of Serge Aurier’s cross, but it was his assist for the first goal that was one of the main talking points of the match.The 31-year-old spotted Son making a run to the back post before floating in a cross for the South Korean forward to volley home, a goal that ‘rattled’ the visitors according to Dortmund’s Mario Goetze.”The timing of the first goal was very important,” Son added. “The cross was unreal, I didn’t have to do anything, I just touched the ball.”Tottenham travel to Dortmund for the return leg on March 5.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Jan VertonghenFollow Son Heung-minFollow Tottenham HotspurFollow Borussia DortmundFollow Champions Leaguelast_img read more

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I have come out of retirement for well-wishers: Ambati Rayudu

first_img Next I have come out of retirement for well-wishers: Ambati RayuduAmbati Rayudu, who quit first-class cricket in 2018 to focus on his limited-overs career, had announced that he has retired from all forms of the game.advertisement India Today Web Desk HyderabadAugust 31, 2019UPDATED: August 31, 2019 19:47 IST Ambati Rayudu made himself available for selection in domestic cricket. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAmbati Rayudu has rubbished the U-turn claims on his decision of retirementRayudu had announced his retirement after World Cup snub two months backRayudu said that he believes he has enough cricket left in himAmbati Rayudu, who made volte-face on his retirement and made himself available for Hyderabad in domestic cricket, has rubbished the U-turn claims on his decision.Rayudu said that he believes he has enough cricket left in him and scoring runs for Hyderabad is his top priority.”It is not a U-turn as for good reasons I believe I have good amount of cricket left in me. My top priority is now to get runs for Hyderabad.””I declined lucrative offers to play in T10 and T20 leagues in Canada and other countries. I have come out of retirement for well-wishers,” he told Telangana Today.During the course of the World Cup in England, Rayudu had announced his retirement after he wasn’t chosen as a replacement for the injured Shikhar Dhawan despite being named one of five stand-bys for the quadrennial event.Initially, the 33-year-old was not included in the 15-man India squad for the World Cup because of not having a “three-dimensional” game and Vijay Shankar was preferred over him. After the snub, Rayudu had tweeted sarcastically “Just ordered a new set of 3D glasses to watch the World Cup,” aimed at chief selector MSK Prasad.Rayudu, who represents Chennai Super Kings in Indian Premier League, further added that getting ignored for the World Cup was shocking for him.”I was extremely fit and doing the role, which the team asked me to do at No. 4 and suddenly when you are not in the team, it was shocking,” he said. “There was no communication from the team members also.”advertisement”In fact, I had a very, very good tour of New Zealand [a couple of 40s and a 90 in the ODIs]. Of course, it took a game or two to get back to my form.”I was the highest run-getter in New Zealand. I was happy with the way I was batting and shaping up. It was unfortunate that [the selectors] had different combinations in mind and that didn’t work out for me.””Sadly, I feel the Hyderabad colours are for sale and it is important the players should perform to earn a place in the team.””I remember when I had to score a lot of runs to get into the team, whether it was Under-16, Under-19 or Under-22. We were not sure of our places because the competition was very high.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Ambati Rayudulast_img read more

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Woolrich debuts its first ever Fur-Free Arctic Parka

first_imgWoolrich first developed its iconic fur Arctic Parka in 1972 for construction workers along the Alaskan Pipeline. The jacket’s popularity soon expanded beyond this initial demographic, however, and became an enduring symbol of the brand.Flash forward five decades and Woolrich has decided to give this classic piece of winter wear a facelift by ditching the fur and redesigning the silhouette for a more contemporary and urban feel. Patagonia Goes 100% Sustainable with New Line Called Shell, Yeah! 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Why You Should Skip the Suave and Try Custom Hair Care Products Though the Fur-Free Arctic Parka marks a distinct departure for Woolrich, brand director Rocco Scazzariello believes the redesign is a natural extension of the heritage brand.“The market shifts and so do consumers,” said Scazzariello. “The request for a no fur version of the parka came from different markets and it was natural for us to offer the possibility for the consumer to choose between a fur and a no fur version of our best-selling Woolrich jacket.”“We’ve been working on a No Fur version of the Arctic Parka for a while now,” he continued.  “Our challenge was in creating a construction that would fully substitute for the functionality of fur…while keeping the iconic look and feel of the original parka.”The designers achieved this by developing a double-closure hood with a high collar that retains heat just as well as fur normally would. Additionally, the Arctic Parka NP boasts a 90/10 800 fill power down insulation, which makes it both incredibly lightweight and extremely warm. Raleigh Denim Workshop Makes Jeans with Artistry and Ingenuity in the U.S.A. While the jacket boasts these contemporary modifications (plus handwarmer pockets as well as zip and button fastening), it still maintains the spirit of the original 1972 model, most noticeably in its shell, which uses the same durable 60/40 Ramar Cloth as its forebear.“Our products are worn by a wide range of consumers — from our very young customers who wear our product more casually to more grown-up customers who might use our outerwear in a more formal way,” remarked Scazzariello.“In a modern world, products are worn in different occasions and the fact that our products are wearable in diverse ways by multiple customers is one of the beauties of the brand and what makes it so timeless.”The Fur-Free Arctic Parka ($695) comes in Melton Blue and New Black.Check it out, here. It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quilt Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

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Courage Investment Group to Buy Supramax Bulker

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Courage Investment Group Limited has decided to buy Grand Pioneer, a 57,000 dwt dry bulk carrier. As informed, the Supramax vessel will be bought by Peak Prospect Global Limited, a subsidiary of Courage Investment Group Limited, from Bergen Yangzhou Supramax Carriers.Built in China in 2011, Grand Pioneer flies the flag of the Marshall Islands.Courage Investment intends to increase the carrying capacity of its dry bulk fleet through the acquisition of the vessel. The move is in line with the group’s corporate development strategy to expand the scale of its marine transportation services business.On November 16, 2018, Bergen Yangzhou and Polyworld Marine Corp. entered into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) pursuant to which Bergen Yangzhou agreed to sell and Polyworld Marine to purchase the vessel, with the intention of transferring Grand Pioneer to Courage Investment through the sale of Polyworld Marine to the group.Peak Prospect Global Limited, a subsidiary of Courage Investment, also inked an agreement with Suen Cho Hung, Paul, a shareholder of Courage Investment, to buy the sale shares constituting the entire issued share capital of Polyworld Marine and the sale loan for a maximum aggregate consideration of USD 11 million from Suen Cho Hung, Paul.The completion of the acquisition is subject to relevant terms and conditions set out in the agreement.last_img read more

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Horaire de navigation du Bluenose et billets en vente pour la saison

first_imgL’horaire de navigation du Bluenose II en 2018 a été publié, y compris des excursions publiques dans les ports de Lunenburg, Halifax et Shelburne, ainsi que des visites à Sydney, Pubnico-Ouest-le-Bas et ailleurs. La saison débutera à Lunenburg le 4 juin avec les programmes scolaires, et les excursions dans le port débuteront le 7 juin avant le premier voyage à Halifax le 14 juin. La saison se déroulera jusqu’au 30 septembre. Les billets pour la saison sont en vente dès maintenant. Les billets peuvent être achetés et l’horaire complet peut être consulté au https://bluenose.novascotia.ca/schedule (en anglais seulement). -30-last_img

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Govt introduces bill to amend companies law in LS

first_imgNew Delhi: Allowing companies to transfer their unspent CSR funds to a separate account and providing more teeth to the central government to deal with violators and reducing burden on special courts are among the provisions proposed in amendments to the companies law. The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2019 — tabled in Lok Sabha on Thursday — also seeks to enable the National Financial Reporting Authority (NFRA) to perform its functions through divisions and executive body. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAs many as 16 sections of the Companies Act, 2013 would be amended to modify punishments provided in these sections in order to lessen the burden on special courts. Besides, the bill seeks to empower Registrar of Companies (RoC) to initiate action for removal of a company’s name if the latter is not carrying out business activities as per the Act. Amendments have been proposed to Section 135 of the Act that pertains to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostIn a particular fiscal, certain classes of profitable companies are required to shell out at least two per cent of their three-year average annual net profit towards CSR activities. Now, the unspent CSR funds can be carried forward to a special account and the same has to be spent within three financial years. In case, the money remains unspent, then it should be transferred to any fund specified in Schedule VII of the Act. Following recommendations of a committee that was constituted by the corporate affairs ministry in July 2018, it was decided to amend the Act. An ordinance was issued in November 2018 and then a bill to replace the ordinance was passed in Lok Sabha in January 2019. However, the bill was not taken up by the Rajya Sabha. In January this year, a second ordinance was issued and the same is to be replaced by the new bill. There are also some additional changes. Corporate Affairs Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday said the bill to replace the ordinance along with certain other amendments is being brought in to “ensure more accountability and better enforcement to strengthen the corporate governance norms and compliance management in corporate sector”. On July 17, the government approved 43 amendments to the companies law. Sources had said a bill would be introduced in Parliament to carry out the 43 amendments to the Act. A total of 12 additional amendments in 11 sections of the Act are proposed to be made, in addition to amendments in 29 sections and insertion of 2 new sections carried out through the ordinance, they had said. With the amendments, procedural and technical defaults would be decriminalised while compliance would be incentivised.last_img read more

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Human rights tribunal into how feds treat First Nation children underway

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Canadian Human Rights Tribunal is hearing a case Monday that alleges Ottawa discriminates against First Nation children through its inadequate funding of family services.The tribunal began in the morning and is hearing from various groups with standing including the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and the Assembly of First Nations, the two organizations that filed the complaint.Cindy Blackstock, the executive director of First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada will be the first witness.It was Blackstock who first filed the complaint with the tribunal in 2007.She also alleges the federal government retaliated for the complaint.Aboriginal Affairs officials posed as “friends” to access Blackstock’s Facebook page, the tribunal has heard so far.“For far too long there have been two villages in this nation,” said Blackstock. “The time for talking is over, the time for justice for children is now.”APTN fought successfully in Federal Court for the right to have our cameras inside the tribunal and we will be airing stories during our nightly broadcast.The tribunal is expected to last up to 14 weeks.APTN National News reporter Jorge Barrera is providing live updates through his Twitter account @jorgebarrera.More to come throughout the day.last_img read more

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Batti women take RTI route to seek details on loved ones

A group of women in Batticaloa are attempting to use the Right To Information (RTI) Act to locate their loves ones, The Hindu newspaper reported.After years of petitioning government offices and testifying to innumerable commissions, they decided to use the brand new Act, to seek information about their missing relatives. “We are not asking them to find our relatives immediately. But just give us some information.” (Colombo Gazette) Most of the government officials were not aware of the Act, let alone be prepared to receive applications, the women said. For the women, who have been running from pillar to post hoping for some clue about their relatives, Friday’s effort was yet another attempt. But it did not make them optimistic.“It was like all our previous efforts — yielding no convincing response,” said Ms. Deepa, who has been searching for her husband since 2009.Ironically, the small group of women ended up educating officials on the Act passed by the government, said A. Amalanayaki, who has also been looking for her husband. The very same day, nearly 15 women went by foot to the District Secretariat, the provincial and district police headquarters, the Human Rights Commission and the prisons department to submit applications asking for details on their disappeared family members. They walked around the town in the blazing sun, skipping lunch and fighting pessimism.The Eastern Province witnessed some of the most brutal aspects of the island’s protracted civil war — tens of thousands lost their lives, and thousands were abducted reportedly by the Sri Lankan armed forces and, in some cases, the LTTE. Enforced disappearances remains a key concern for many families in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority North and East. “We set out at eight in the morning, and went from one office to the other until 5.45 p.m.,” P. Deepa told The Hindu over telephone. Media Minister Gayantha Karunathilake has said that since the Act was new to the country, they can’t be 100 per cent right just as yet.The women understand that teething troubles are likely in any such intervention. However, it is the now-familiar insensitivity in government offices that makes women like Ms. Amalanayaki feel dejected. A few officials were courteous, but many others were insensitive, the women said.“One officer asked us ‘you have waited for eight years; can’t you wait another few days?’ Clearly, they do not realise what we go through without any information on our loved ones,” she said. In June 2016, Sri Lanka’s Parliament unanimously adopted the Right to Information (RTI) law, inspiring hope among sections pushing for greater transparency and accountability in Sri Lanka. The Act came into effect on February 3. read more

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Mens Basketball Andrew Dakich and Ohio State shine from behind the arc

Ohio State graduate transfer Andrew Dakich (13) attempts a three pointer in the first half of the game against Maryland on Jan. 11 in the Schottenstein Center. Ohio State won 91-69. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team could not miss from beyond the arc Thursday night against Maryland.After what was beginning to look like a tough game for the Buckeyes, they quickly turned things around when redshirt senior Andrew Dakich, a pass-first point guard, began knocking down 3s. Ohio State shot its season high from 3-point range, making 17-of-29 shots and shooting 58.6 percent from distance.The Buckeyes’ 17 3-pointers against Maryland tied for second in program history for most triples in a game, marked the most against a Big Ten opponent and the most ever at home. Eight different players contributed to the team’s 3-pointers, even former walk-on guard Joey Lane. Most remarkably was Dakich, who is not a high-volume shooter, yet scored a career-high 11 points against the Terrapins.Dakich scored all 11 of his points during his team’s 31-12 run to end the first half that put the Buckeyes back on top of the Terrapins after trailing early. He provided the Buckeyes with an offensive spark, and was his team’s second-leading scorer heading into halftime. Head coach Chris Holtmann said he was looking for this kind of performance from Dakich.“I was talking to a really close coaching friend on the way home from Michigan State and he said to me … ‘You know Dakich is going to have to step up in a conference game and make a few open 3s. You know he’s just going to have to do that,’” Holtmann said. “I think we kind of encouraged him the last couple of days just to be ready because of how teams are going to play him, and low and behold, he was right.”Dakich, who scored just three points in the Buckeyes upset win against No. 1 Michigan State from a half-court shot to end the first half, wanted to take a different approach in this game after hearing Holtmann wanted and needed him to shoot more.“I actually saw that interview and for him to answer those questions, like alright now I really have to start shooting,” Dakich said. “My dad is always like, ‘Dude just shoot the ball sometimes.’ But [redshirt junior forward] Keita [Bates-Diop], [senior forward Jae’Sean Tate], I try to get those guys the ball, and I try to be efficient with the ball and putting it in the right positions. Tonight, I was open and fortunate enough to knock them down.”Ohio State’s finished with its second-highest assist total of the season with 25, while turning the ball over just nine times. That passing allowed Bates-Diop to shoot 6-for-8 from 3-point range. Both guards C.J. Jackson and Kam Williams finished the game with two makes from beyond the arc. Despite another convincing win against a notable Big Ten competitor from Ohio State, Holtmann said he does not think performances like Thursday’s should be the expectation for the Buckeyes in their remaining conference games.“I don’t think we can ever expect to make 17 3s in a game, I guess that’s what I mean. I think that’s unrealistic,” Holtmann said. “We made some shots tonight that on an average night we’re probably not going to make.” read more

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Twenty men in grooming gang are jailed for inhuman abuse of victims

Judge Geoffrey Marson QC told the gang: “The extent and gravity of your offending far exceeds anything which I have previously encountered. It was a very significant campaign of rape and other sexual abuse.”Children’s lives have been ruined and families profoundly affected by seeing their children, over months and years, out of control, having been groomed by you and other members of your gang.” Throughout the three trials, jurors were told how the men – who used nicknames including Beastie and Dracula – had plied their victims with drink and drugs before sexually abusing them.The girls, who were all considered vulnerable, described how they initially thought they were being shown genuine affection before the abuse began. In at least one case the victim later attempted suicide, another had an abortion and two of the victims had learning disabilities.The abuse, which took place in car parks, hotels, takeaways and snooker halls across West Yorkshire, was largely aimed at white girls.The first of the trials began in January this year and saw eight men, including Dhaliwal, convicted of a range of offences including rape and other sex offences.Dhaliwal, who has children of his own, was convicted of 54 separate counts, including 22 rapes, involving 11 girls. The second trial, which began in April this year, also saw eight defendants convicted and the third trial, featuring four defendants ended on October 8.Speaking at the conclusion of the first trial, Judge Marson said: “The way you treated these girls defies understanding; this abuse was vile and wicked.”As cases of sexual abuse with which the courts have to deal, this case comes at the top of the scale. None of you has expressed any remorse for what you did.”He added: “The sentences I pass on you are severe and are intended to be so. They are intended to deter others from behaving in this way.”The second trial, which ended in June, saw eight men given jail sentences of between five and 18 years.Four more men were found guilty of a range of offences earlier this month following the third trial and will be sentenced on November 1.The pattern of large-scale exploitation of mainly white girls by groups of men of mainly Pakistani heritage uncovered by West Yorkshire Police in Huddersfield mirrors what has happened in a number of other towns including Rotherham, Rochdale and Telford. The gang was jailed after three trials earlier this year Tommy Robinson was jailed after almost derailing one of the trials A series of trials that were almost derailed by the English Defence League founder, Tommy Robinson, have ended with 20 members of an Asian grooming gang being convicted of a catalogue of rape and abuse against girls as young as 11.The gang members, who were mainly of Pakistani heritage and came from the Huddersfield area, were convicted after a court heard how they passed victims around like “commodities” and used them for their own “sexual gratification”.Ringleader Amere Singh Dhaliwal, 35, was jailed for life earlier this year and told he must serve a minimum of 18 years in prison by a judge who described his treatment of the girls as “inhuman”.The abuse took place between 2004 and 2011 and involved victims aged between 11 and 17.Details of the case and the three trials can only now be disclosed after a judge agreed to lift reporting restrictions following a challenge from the media.But the second trial almost collapsed in May when far right campaigner, Robinson, was arrested for allegedly breaching reporting restrictions by filming outside the court. The abuse took place in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire The gang was jailed after three trials earlier this year Tommy Robinson was jailed after almost derailing one of the trials The abuse took place in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire He was jailed for contempt of court but his conviction was later quashed and the case is due to be heard again at the Old Bailey next week. 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. read more

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Comment les insectes détectent et évitent les répulsifs

first_imgComment les insectes détectent et évitent les répulsifsDes chercheurs américains ont découvert les récepteurs olfactifs des insectes qui sont sensibles au DEET, un répulsif très largement utilisé, notamment contre les moustiques. Ils ont ainsi compris comment les insectes l’évitaient mais aussi comment y trouver des alternatives.Le DEET ou diéthyltoluamide est un composé chimique présent dans de nombreux répulsifs destinés à éloigner les insectes. Ce produit est particulièrement utile pour éviter les maladies transmises par les moustiques au premier rang desquelles se trouvent le paludisme, le chikungunya ou la dengue. Néanmoins, le DEET présente plusieurs inconvénients. D’une part, il peut dissoudre certains matériaux plastiques et est donc susceptible de causer des dommages lors de son application (par exemple sur des vêtements synthétiques, des branches de lunettes…). De plus, c’est un neurotoxique pour les mammifères tandis que les moustiques y développent peu à peu une résistance. Enfin, ce produit est cher et il n’est donc pas adapté pour les pays pauvres, notamment en Afrique, où il y en aurait pourtant bien besoin.Des récepteurs dans les antennes  Malgré tout ce que l’on sait sur ce produit “jusqu’à présent, personne n’avait la moindre idée des récepteurs olfactifs utilisés par les insectes pour éviter le DEET”, indique l’entomologiste Anandasankar Ray cité par l’AFP. Avec son équipe de l’université de Californie, ce chercheur est parvenu à identifié les récepteurs olfactifs des insectes sensibles au DEET. Dans l’étude publiée par la revue Nature, il explique comment des recherches ont été menées sur la drosophile (mouche du vinaigre). À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Au cours de ces travaux, les scientifiques ont modifié génétiquement la mouche pour que les neurones activés par le DEET deviennent vert fluorescent. De cette façon, il a pu être découvert que les récepteurs impliqués dans la réaction au DEET, appelés Ir40a, se situaient à l’intérieur d’une région peu étudiée de l’antenne de l’insecte, le sacculus. Plus intéressant encore : les chercheurs ont également identifié de nouveaux composés chimiques qui agissent sur les mêmes récepteurs et qui pourraient servir d’alternative au DEET. De nouveaux répulsifs Ainsi, “nos découvertes pourraient déboucher sur une nouvelle génération de répulsifs bon marché qui pourraient protéger les hommes, les animaux et aussi, dans le futur, les récoltes”, souligne Anandasankar Ray. Huit substituts potentiels au DEET ont été testés et 50% d’entre eux se sont révélés efficaces contre le moustique-tigre (Aedes albopictus), vecteur de la dengue et du chikungunya. Trois sont des agents de saveur et de parfum déjà autorisés par les autorités américaines comme additifs alimentaires, souligne l’AFP. Pour le Pr Ray, ces produits “sont très sûrs pour l’homme, ne dissolvent pas les plastiques et sont très efficaces comme répulsifs anti-insectes”. Reste la question du coût. “Notre rêve est qu’ils soient suffisamment abordables pour être utilisés pour la prévention en Afrique, en Asie, en Amérique latine”, espère l’entomologiste. En effet ce sont “des régions du monde qui souffrent énormément de maladies transmises par les moustiques et autres insectes et où le DEET n’est pas utilisé parce que trop cher”.Le 6 octobre 2013 à 09:55 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Vancouver Lake Half Marathon produces solid times

first_img• The Vancouver Lake Half Marathon is the major annual event for the Clark County Running Club.• The race is a major source of funds for the CCRC’s scholarship program, which gives $10,000 each year to college students affiliated with the club.Until Sunday, Kevin McMahon had never raced in a half-marathon.By midday, he’d never lost one.A sophomore on the University of Portland track and field team, McMahon took the lead about five miles in and cruised to victory in the 23rd-annual Vancouver Lake Half Marathon. The 19-year-old completed the 13.1-mile race in 1 hour, 10 minutes, and 43 seconds.Like many among the more than 400 runners and walkers who gathered at Vancouver Lake Park, McMahon said he entered the mid-winter race just to find out about his fitness level.What he found surprised him.“This has given me quite a bit of confidence,” McMahon said. “I didn’t think I would run that fast.”That refrain was common on a Sunday that delivered perfect conditions for a race. Temperatures in the mid-40s — with no wind and rain that held off until about two hours after the 10 a.m. start — made this one of the more pleasant Vancouver Lake Half Marathons in recent memory.Shannon Porter remembers snow on the ground in 2009, the last time she ran in the Vancouver Lake Half Marathon. Sunday’s conditions were a vast improvement, and so was her result. In her first significant race in months and her third time in this race, Porter was the women’s champion in 1:19:58, a personal-record for the half-marathon.last_img read more

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Housing under construction for specialneeds adults

first_imgWhat: A residential community for independent adults with developmental disabilities.Where: 501 S.E. Ellsworth Road, Vancouver.Developer: Vancouver-based Wayne D. Kuni & Joan E. Kuni Foundation, which supports housing and socialization for developmentally disabled adults and clinical cancer research.Web: stephensplace.orgAfter months of planning, an apartment complex for adults with developmental disabilities is under construction off East Mill Plain Boulevard and Interstate 205 in Vancouver.The complex will be called Stephen’s Place, named after a member of the Kuni family, which is financing the $12 million project through its Wayne D. Kuni & Joan E. Kuni Foundation. Already, there’s a waiting list of people hoping to live in the approximately 45 units, according to Jacki Gallo, the foundation’s executive director.The strong interest is no surprise, Gallo said, since there are few facilities in the country like Stephen’s Place.“Our target resident will be someone who has the ability to live somewhat independently,” she said.The demographic faces a widening housing gap across the nation, according to Gallo, who said it’s a concern for aging parents of adult children with disabilities. “As the parents age, there’s no one to take care of the adult children,” she said, other than home-care options in which caregivers visit the home. The option is less than ideal for social interaction, Gallo said.“This (Stephen’s Place) will provide the community feel,” she said.The foundation is aiming for a March 2014 opening for the two-story, U-shaped building, situated south of Mill Plain at 501 S.E. Ellsworth Road. It will feature two stories of approximately 45 studio- and one-bedroom apartments. It also will include an eating and commons area, a large exercise room, an activity center and computer room.last_img read more

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Herbert Smith Freehills reports a 19 mean gender pay gap

first_imgLaw firm Herbert Smith Freehills has reported a 19% mean gender pay gap for fixed hourly pay as at 5 April 2017.The organisation has reported its gender pay gap data in line with the government’s gender pay gap reporting regulations and ahead of the private sector submission deadline of 4 April 2018.The gender pay gap reporting regulations require organisations with 250 or more employees to publish the difference between both the mean and median hourly rate of pay for male and female full-time employees; the difference between both the mean bonus pay and median bonus pay for male and female employees; the proportions of male and female employees who were awarded bonus pay; and the proportions of male and female full-time employees in the lower, lower middle, upper middle and upper quartile pay bands.The median gender pay gap for fixed hourly pay is 38.8% as at 5 April 2017.The mean gender pay gap for bonuses paid in the year to 5 April 2017 is 30%, and the median gender pay gap for bonus pay is 10.4%. Over this period, 77% of female employees received a bonus payment, compared to 71% of male employees.Less than half (49%) of employees in the highest pay quartile at Herbert Smith Freehills are women, compared to 52% in the second quartile, 68% in the third quartile, and 79% in the lowest pay quartile. In addition, 62% of the organisation’s overall workforce are women, compared with 38% of men.Herbert Smith Freehills has attributed its gender pay gap to the distribution of men and women within different types of roles. For example, 22% of female employees at the law firm are employed in secretarial roles. The organisation’s additional analysis shows that if secretarial roles are excluded from the gender pay gap reporting, Herbert Smith Freehills’ mean gender pay gap reduces to 8.8%, and its median gender pay gap falls to 13.6%. The law firm further concluded that although its female employees were more likely to receive a bonus than male employees, the bonus payment awarded was more likely to be lower due to the nature of women’s job roles.The organisation’s 2014 targets included to have 30% of women in its global partnership business by 2019, with an interim 2017 target of 25%. To date, 22.5% of partners globally are women, compared to 17.5% in 2014. The majority of Herbert Smith Freehills’ global practice groups and regions have met the interim target. For the firm’s business services division, the set target was that neither gender would represent more than 60% or fewer than 40% of senior roles. As at 2017, 54% of female employees are in senior business services roles.To mitigate its gender pay gap, Herbert Smith Freehills will continue to monitor and review its reward processes, as well as work to attract a diverse pool of candidates to all types of job role. The law firm has also reviewed its partner promotions process in order to reduce unconscious bias, adding a new e-learning suite on this subject to ensure all staff and senior leaders recognise unconscious bias.In addition, the organisation will continue its initiatives focused on targeted career development, coaching, mentoring and sponsorship, as well as continue to operate women’s networks to encourage professional networking and personal development. This includes its women lawyers’ network, women trainee lawyers’ network, and the women in business services network. These groups also support Herbert Smith Freehills’ overall diversity and inclusion strategy.Benefits such as the organisation’s agile working policy, childcare assistance and maternity coaching are also aimed to help support the reduction of Herbert Smith Freehills’ gender pay gap.Ian Cox, regional managing partner, UK, US and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at Herbert Smith Freehills, said: “We welcome the introduction of gender pay gap reporting as an important contributor to transparency, and we are committed to working to reduce or eliminate any gap that exists.“We are committed to gender diversity and the attraction, promotion and retention of women across all levels of the firm, and we will continue to ensure we attract a diverse pool of candidates to all types of job roles. As part of our ongoing work to foster gender balance across the firm, we monitor the gender impact of our reward processes, and we run a wide variety of initiatives aimed at helping all our employees reach their full potential. The work we do to support all of our people is aligned with the aims of gender pay legislation. We are committed to continuing and enhancing these activities.”last_img read more

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Shawsheen Tech Alumni Association Announces 3 Class Reunions

first_imgBILLERICA, MA –The Shawsheen Tech Alumni Association has announced the upcoming following class reunions:Class of 1999 — 10 Year ReunionSaturday, September 14, 2019, 3pmEmerald Rose, Billerica, MAFacebook Event: www.facebook.com/events/567743496965710Class of 1984 — 35 Year ReunionSaturday, November 16, 2019Details TBDClass of 1979 — 40 Year ReunionSaturday, November 2, 2019Tewksbury Knights of Columbus HallDetails TBD(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Shawsheen Tech Alumni Association’s Facebook page.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedShawsheen Tech Alumni Association Announces 5 Class ReunionsIn “Education”Shawsheen Tech To Hold Swimming Lessons For Kids On Saturdays This FallIn “Education”Shawsheen Tech Alumni Association Announces 3 Class ReunionsIn “Education”last_img read more