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Clash over Jinnah’s photo at AMU

first_imgViolence broke out on the Aligarh Muslim University campus on Wednesday as the row over Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s portrait in the students’ union office triggered a right-wing protest and clashes between students and protesters.A function to grant life membership of the students’ union to former vice-president Hamid Ansari, scheduled for Wednesday evening, was called off and he had to return to Delhi.At least six persons were injured when the police lobbed tear-gas shells to disperse AMU students demanding the arrest of the protesters who allegedly barged into the campus and burnt effigies of Jinnah and the AMU students’ union.Eyewitnesses said activists from right-wing groups allegedly thrashed the security guards of AMU when they tried to prevent them from entering the campus. The university students alleged that many of them, including AMUSU president M.A. Usmani, were thrashed by the protesters during the clash. They also claimed that the protesters, after being initially detained, were allowed to leave the police station.Security stepped upAligarh District Magistrate Chandra Bhushan Singh said that though two students were injured in the police action, the area remained clam and peaceful. He said two companies of Rapid Action Force have been deployed at AMU to ensure peace.Earlier in the day, a BJP Rajya Sabha MP, Harnath Singh Yadav, demanded the expulsion of Uttar Pradesh Labour Minister Swami Prasad Maurya from the party for praising Jinnah, which the Minister denied he ever did. Media reports suggested that Mr. Maurya had called Jinnah a ” mahapurush ” from the time of undivided India.He reportedly praised him when asked to comment on the row sparked by another BJP MP, Satish Gautam, who had objected to Jinnah’s portrait being displayed at AMU.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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After Life of Pi, Delhi boy Suraj Sharma bags another Hollywood project

first_imgBasking in the glory of his Oscar-winning film Life of Pi , Delhi boy Suraj Sharma has landed a new project in Hollywood.Disney has cast Suraj in its upcoming venture, Million Dollar Arm, a drama that accounts the real- life story of two baseball stars of Indian origin whose talent was spotted on a reality TV show.Suraj will play one of the lead roles while the hunt is on for another Indian actor to play the other baseball star.A still from Life of PiMillion Dollar Arm will be directed by Craig Gillespie, best known for his 2007 satire Lars and the Real Girl starring Ryan Gosling and Emily Mortimer.The film will also star Jon Hamm, popular as Don Draper on the television show Mad Men. Hamm will play sport agent JB Bernstein, who had launched a reality show in India named Million Dollar Arm to search for a good baseball pitcher.Two winners of the show in its 2008 season, Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel, were subsequently signed to play for Pittsburgh Pirates. The film will narrate their tale, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Disney plans to shoot part of the film in India. Filming is scheduled to start in May, in several locations in and around Mumbai.A still from Life of PiSuraj, whose role in Ang Lee’s Life of Pi won global acclaim last year. He recently won the whackily- titled Best Scared As Sh* t Performance at the MTV Awards for his role in Lee’s film.He also won the Best Youth in Film trophy at the Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards this year besides being nominated at the BAFTA Awards for the role.advertisementlast_img read more

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Atletico Madrid: The ‘pupas’ witness another nightmare!

first_imgAtletico suffered a heart-breaking 4-1 loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday For Atletico Madrid, this story line is a little too familiar.Match Photos Forty years on from conceding a last-minute goal in its only previous European Cup final, Atletico endured a similar ending Saturday as a stoppage-time equalizer helped Real Madrid rally for a 4-1 extra-time victory in the Champions League final.Atletico’s nickname the “pupas” – or “jinxed ones” – stems from the 1974 European Cup loss to Bayern Munich, which scored a 120th-minute equalizer to force a replay that it won 4-0.Atletico looked set to follow up its first Spanish league title in 18 years with a maiden European Cup when Diego Godin headed home in the first half at the Stadium of Light.But Sergio Ramos equalized in the injury time before Gareth Bale, Marcelo, and Cristiano Ronaldo completed Real’s win.”This match is not worth a tear,” Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. “The word to describe this feeling isn’t sadness but bitterness as we didn’t achieve the objectives we set for ourselves.”But tomorrow is another day.”Not only was Atletico just over 60 seconds away from erasing the painful memories of that 1974 final, but from completing the greatest season in club history with a historic double.Just one week ago Atletico secured its first Spanish league title in 18 years, an improbable triumph to become the first Spanish winner besides Barcelona or Real since Valencia in 2004.But Simeone’s decision to play injured striker Diego Costa set Atletico back as the Brazilian-born, Spain striker exited after just nine minutes. With midfielder Arda Turan also out to injury, Atletico’s players struggled over the extra 30 minutes with the team out of timeouts and running low on energy.advertisement”We were champions in the 93rd,” said striker Adrian Lopez, who replaced Costa. “We played a great game for 90 minutes and it was a shame we couldn’t avoid (Ramos’) goal.”It took Atletico 40 years for an opportunity to erase the memories of Heysel, the sight of the 1974 final and final replay. Its 10th league trophy seems a little less impressive on Saturday.”To win the league was marvelous and we were so close to such an important trophy,” Simeone said. “This will help us prepare for what is going to come next in the best way.”last_img read more

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Dries Mertens Breaks Diego Maradona’s Goal-scoring Record for Napoli

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. diego maradonadries mertensgoalNapoli First Published: October 24, 2019, 1:51 PM IST Milan: Belgium’s Dries Mertens overtook Diego Maradona as Napoli’s second-highest all-time goalscorer after the side defeated Red Bull Salzburg 3-2 in the Champions League.On Wednesday night, the 32-year-old netted a brace which took him one ahead of the Argentine legend on 116 goals, five behind Marek Hamsik. Mertens also assisted Lorenzo Insigne in his winner to keep Napoli one point above Liverpool at the top of Group E, a BBC report said.Maradona, regarded as one of the best footballers in the world of all time, famously helped Napoli win their first league title in 1986-87. last_img read more

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Marino: Milan regret buying Bonucci

first_imgMilan Marino: Milan regret buying Bonucci Sacha Pisani Last updated 2 years ago 11:36 1/10/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) LeonardoBonucci-cropped Getty Images Milan Serie A Milan v Roma The former Napoli director feels AC Milan would have benefited more from investing the Leonardo Bonucci money in attack Former Napoli and Udinese director Pierpaolo Marino believes AC Milan already regret signing Leonardo Bonucci, claiming the big-spending Serie A giants wish they had brought in a “top striker” instead.Milan pulled off a coup in the off-season, prising Italy international defender Bonucci away from champions Juventus in a €42million deal.Milan 10/1 to beat Roma 1-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. The 30-year-old has not fully settled into his surroundings as Vincenzo Montella’s new-look Milan struggle for consistency, having already lost two of their opening six Serie A games this season.And Marino feels Milan – who signed forwards Andre Silva and Nikola Kalinic for 2017-18 – would have benefited more from investing the Bonucci money in attack.”I think Milan already regret buying Bonucci,” Marino told Rai Sport.”Montella didn’t want to switch to a three-man defence, but he found himself forced to change his plans by the arrival of Bonucci, but even that is not enough.”I think that if Massimiliano Mirabelli and Marco Fassone could go back in time, they’d spend that money to buy Bonucci on a top striker instead.”Milan face a big test Sunday, welcoming high-flying Roma to San Siro as pressure mounts on Montella following their loss to Sampdoria last time out.last_img read more

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The Monday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Monday, Feb. 12———BOUSHIE’S FAMILY MEETS FEDERAL MINISTERS: Much needs to be done to fix the way First Nations people are treated within Canada’s criminal justice system, but it would be “completely inappropriate” to comment on the specifics of the Colten Boushie verdict, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday. Speaking in the House of Commons during question period, Trudeau said First Nations people are underrepresented on juries and overrepresented in the prison population — a situation he said his government is committed to solving. On Friday, a jury found Gerald Stanley, 56, not guilty of second-degree murder in the 2016 killing of Colten Boushie, a member of the Red Pheasant First Nation. In the wake of the Stanley verdict, Wilson-Raybould tweeted Saturday that Canada “can and must do better.” Boushie’s relatives met Monday with federal ministers in Ottawa, where they said they hope to build relationships with people who have the power to change the way Indigenous people are treated in the justice system. The Boushie family is scheduled to sit down Tuesday with Wilson-Raybould and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.———QUEBEC INDIGENOUS INQUIRY SITS IN MONTREAL: An inquiry that has been examining discrimination experienced by Indigenous Quebecers at the hands of the public service began hearings in Montreal on Monday, with a high-profile Saskatchewan court ruling looming large over the proceedings. Sedalia Fazio, a Mohawk elder originally from Kahnawake who presided over the opening prayer, said the timing of the hearings was difficult given the verdict in the Colten Boushie case. A jury deliberated 13 hours before finding Gerald Stanley not guilty last Friday of second-degree murder in Boushie’s slaying. Fazio said the Boushie case made her own presence at Monday’s hearing difficult, “when my people are hurting so bad, when we feel such injustice right now.” The Quebec inquiry, announced in December 2016, was mandated to look into the way Indigenous Peoples are treated by the police, the province’s youth protection agency, the public health department as well as the justice and correctional systems. It came on the heels of allegations of mistreatment of Indigenous Peoples living in northwestern Quebec.———NDP NOT PLANNING PROBE OF STOFFER COMPLAINTS: The federal NDP is not planning to launch an investigation into how the party handled allegations of sexual misconduct against former MP Peter Stoffer — at least not right now. NDP spokeswoman Sarah Andrews says the party is committed to strengthening its anti-harassment policies, and that leader Jagmeet Singh has opened his door to anyone who wants to share their experiences. But while Andrews left the door open to a future investigation, she says the party does not have any current plans to dive into the complaints against Stoffer. Several women who worked for the NDP have come forward over the past week alleging Stoffer acted inappropriately toward them while he was serving as MP for Sackville-Eastern Shore between 1997 and 2015. At least one says the issue was raised with party leaders, but that her concerns were essentially ignored. Stoffer has acknowledged some of his actions may have caused discomfort, but he has denied sexually assaulting or physically abusing anyone.———CABINET STEPS UP REVIEW OF AECON DEAL: The Canadian government is stepping up its national security review of the proposed takeover of Canadian construction company Aecon Group Inc. by a Chinese state-owned business. Toronto-based Aecon said the minister responsible for economic development informed the company that cabinet has ordered a further investigation of the deal under the Investment Canada Act, which will take more time. A spokesman for Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains said cabinet issued the order, which is the next step in the “rigorous” review process. “Based on the advice we have received from national security agencies we believe that there is a potential injury to national security,” said Karl Sasseville, spokesman for Bains. He declined to specify what prompted security agencies to make this recommendation. Chris Murray of AltaCorp Capital Inc. said he believes the government’s primary concern may be Aecon’s telecom infrastructure group, which builds significant core communications networks for several major Canadian carriers. The government’s approval is the last major hurdle that Aecon must clear to close the $1.5 billion deal.———TRUMP THREATENS NEW FOREIGN ‘RECIPROCAL TAX’: U.S. President Donald Trump is complaining about Canadian trade practices while threatening a tax on international imports, indicating Monday that the idea of some form of border fee remains alive. Trump made the remarks at the White House while unveiling a long-awaited infrastructure plan. During a lengthy session with reporters, he complained about countries considered allies of the U.S. He mentioned the one directly to America’s north. “Canada does not treat us right in terms of the farming and the crossing the borders,” said Trump, according to a release from the White House press pool. ”We cannot continue to be taken advantage of by other countries.” It’s unclear what he was referring to, although he has complained in the past about Canada’s dairy controls and softwood lumber. Administration officials have also expressed anger over Canada’s wide-ranging attack at the World Trade Organization on the U.S. system for imposing duties.———WEINSTESIN’S EX-ASSISTANT CHALLENGING PART OF LAWSUIT: A lawyer for a former assistant to Harvey Weinstein is challenging parts of a lawsuit brought by a Toronto woman against his client and the disgraced Hollywood producer. Barbara Schneeweiss worked for Weinstein for approximately 20 years and is named as a defendant in the suit from a Toronto actress who alleges she was sexually assaulted by Weinstein nearly two decades ago. The actress, who cannot be named, alleges Schneeweiss set up a meeting between her and Weinstein despite having some degree of knowledge that it might lead to a sexual assault. Schneeweiss’ lawyer Jonathan Rosenstein is arguing that his client’s alleged acts are subject to a statute of limitations that has expired. Rosenstein also argues that the actress does not specify how much Schneeweiss allegedly knew about Weinstein’s alleged sexual activities.———BABCOCKS ‘LEARNED TO HATE’ AFTER DAUGHTER KILLED: The family of Laura Babcock said they have learned to hate since finding out that their daughter was brutally killed and her body was burned in an animal incinerator. Babcock’s parents and her brother expressed their hatred and heartbreak in a victim impact statement read out Monday at a sentencing hearing for Dellen Millard and Mark Smich, who were found guilty in December of first-degree murder. Millard, 32, of Toronto, and Smich, 30, of Oakville, Ont., were previously found guilty of first-degree murder in the 2013 death of Hamilton man Tim Bosma, whose remains were burned in the same animal incinerator — called The Eliminator — they had used to get rid of Babcock’s body. First-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for at least 25 years. The judge presiding over the Babcock case will decide, however, whether to impose consecutive or concurrent periods of parole ineligibility, a provision added by the federal government in 2011 to the Criminal Code for multiple murderers.———ACCUSED EDMONTON ATTACKER TO ENTER PLEA IN MARCH: A man accused of attempted murder in a knife attack on an Edmonton police officer will enter a plea at his next court date in mid-March. Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, 30, was in provincial court to face 11 charges related to a Sept. 30 attack on a police officer outside a football game. Some of the charges also stem from a speeding cube van that hit and injured four pedestrians in downtown Edmonton hours after the police officer was attacked. Court heard an assessment on whether Sharif could be found not criminally responsible was still not complete. Chief Crown prosecutor Shelley Bykewich told Judge Donna Rae Valgardson that some next steps should occur in the case. “The initial mental health assessment was ordered on Nov. 14,” she said in court. “There’s been a second order that occurred in January.” Bykewich said she spoke to the doctor conducting the assessment and he has indicated he needed more time, partly because of a lack of resources and partly due to the need to arrange an interpreter for another interview with Sharif. Defence lawyer Karanpal Aujla said the case is proceeding slowly, but said they need all the information before his client enters a plea.———LCBO PARTNERS WITH SHOPIFY FOR POT SALES: The Ontario government has inked a deal to use Shopify Inc.’s e-commerce platform for cannabis sales online and in stores as part of its plan to be the province’s sole distributor of legal recreational marijuana. The Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation (OCRC), a subsidiary of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, will use the Ottawa-based company’s online store software for its online and mobile sales portal Shopify’s technology will also be used inside brick-and-mortar stores to process transactions on iPads and for digital screens displaying product and health information. The OCRC said Ontarians will have access to the same product information, usage guidelines and social responsibility information — which adhere to federal marketing provisions — both in-store and online. The public consultation for Health Canada’s proposed guidelines for cannabis regulation — which include limits on branding elements on packaging, as well as restrictions on marketing similar to tobacco — finished on Jan. 20, with a finalized version yet to be delivered.———CROWDFUNDED ‘BLACK PANTHER’ SCREENINGS A HIT: Organizers of free screenings for young black people across Canada to see the upcoming “Black Panther” superhero movie say they’re elated that fundraising goals have been shattered. Community groups in several Canadian cities have already raised enough money to give hundreds of young African-Canadians free tickets to Marvel’s first film featuring a predominantly black cast. A crowdfunding page for a Toronto-area screening backed by the Black Business and Professionals Association said the campaign has raised upward of $15,000, which is more than double its original goal. The additional funds are being earmarked to create programs for black youth who want to work in the film industry. The screening will be followed by a discussion to help young people identify real-life heroes within the black community, as well as within themselves, he said. The Edmonton chapter of Black Lives Matter tweeted on Feb. 1 that it had exceeded its roughly $2,700 fundraising goal in one day, and that number continues to climb on the event’s crowdfunding page.last_img read more

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Thousands of residential school survivors can sue lawyer who revictimized them Judge

first_imgA judge has approved a class-action lawsuit against former Calgary lawyer David Blott (APTN file).Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsA Calgary judge has certified a class-action lawsuit against a former residential school lawyer.“I don’t see how justice can ever be obtained for the Blott clients other than through another class proceeding,” said Court of Queen’s Bench Justice A. D. Macleod in a written decision released Tuesday.The lawsuit means 5,600 former residential school students – mostly from the Blood Tribe in southern Alberta – can seek damages from former lawyer David Blott of Calgary.APTN Investigates broke the story of how Blott’s firm was mishandling residential school abuse claims in 2010.APTN News continues to follow the story.Watch: APTN Investigates – Truth? Or Reconciliation?The problems began when Blott opened a satellite office on the First Nation to process applications under the Independent Assessment Process (IAP), which was created by the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.That agreement settled a class-action lawsuit on behalf of students Canada forced into schools who lost family, culture, language and experienced physical and sexual abuse.But instead of helping vulnerable claimants achieve justice, they allege he failed to represent them properly and, in some cases, charged excessive fees.Blott “revictimized” and treated them “like cattle,” two previous investigations found.Macleod agreed.“…Mr. Blott lacked an understanding of what it means to be a lawyer,” the judge wrote in his decision.“He had set up his practice in such a way to maximize profit and minimize the effort required.”Blott was ultimately kicked out of the IAP but not before reportedly earning $21 million from the federal program.He resigned as a lawyer after his work was probed by the Law Society of Alberta, but denied any wrongdoing.He offered to settle but that was rejected by the plaintiffs – some of whom have since died since the lawsuit was filed in Calgary in 2013.Their lawyer, Maxime Faille of Gowling, is representing the group on a pro bono basis.He said general and punitive damages could end up in the tens of millions of dollars.The judge understands why.“Rather than provide them with the support to which they were reasonably entitled as clients, they were preyed upon and exploited…,” Mcleod added.Turning “what was supposed to provide reconciliation and closure into another traumatic experience,” he said.Still, it could be years before the case is resolved.Chief Adjudicator Dan Shapiro, says it remains a black eye on the residential school compensation process.“The vast majority of lawyers representing claimants in the IAP are diligent and have done excellent and highly ethical work,” he said in an emailed statement.“However, a small minority of legal counsel have engaged in unconscionable conduct that effectively deprived claimants of the benefits they are entitled to under the settlement agreement.”APTN has been unable to contact Blott.Read more: APTN News – Shocking details released in Blott casekmartens@aptn.ca@katmartelast_img read more

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Top UN relief official heading to Sri Lanka

During his mission which begins tomorrow, John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, will meet with authorities to discuss urgent issues, including the need for the Government to help humanitarian agencies access the conflict area, as well as the situation of camps set up for internally displaced persons (IDPs).Mr. Holmes will also press for the release of UN staff members detained in camps.Yesterday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he is dispatching a relief team to the shrinking conflict zone, a five square-mile pocket of land where fighting rages between the Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The move was welcomed by the Security Council today.UN spokesperson Marie Okabe explained today that the mission will be carried out by the UN Country Team already in Sri Lanka, not sent in from the outside.Yesterday, the Secretary-General underlined stressed, “it is critical that this team be allowed into the zone as soon as possible and I am asking for strong support and speedy assistance of the Sri Lankan Government,” adding that, for its part, the LTTE must put down its arms and protect civilians.Meanwhile, the Office for the Coordination (OCHA) emphasized that the humanitarian situation in the embattled Vanni region continues to be critical, calling civilian casualties tragically high and the people”s suffering horrendous. The UN estimates that some 50,000 civilians remain trapped inside the conflict zone, where fighting continues to be reported, while the Sri Lankan Government says that 109,000 people have fled the war-torn area.In a press statement today, the Council highlighted the “immediate priority in addressing the grave humanitarian situation in north-east Sri Lanka,” calling on the Government to “extend all necessary support to the United Nations.”Read out by Ambassador Claude Heller of Mexico, which holds the rotating Council presidency this month, it also urged all parties to respect international humanitarian law and to ensure the safe evacuation and protection of all civilians.Due to the security situation, OCHA said, no humanitarian assistance has been delivered since 1 April, but that 30 metric tons of aid will be delivered today.The UN continues to be concerned about malnutrition and health issues, as well as about injuries sustained by evacuees, and by people still in the conflict zone.Sites for IDPs are extremely overcrowded, with over 107,000 people sheltering in camps and hospitals, OCHA said, adding that it is working with the Government to find new sites and is calling on authorities to allow the uprooted to live with host families.Meanwhile, the Country Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told reporters today that 100,000 people have left the so-called no-fire zone, which he characterized as the “active fire zone,” over the past 72 hours, with most of them in processing centres.Amin Awad told reporters in New York today that the agency is asking the Government to “restrain itself” since “we don”t want to end up with a catastrophe.”He also appealed to the LTTE to allow for an orderly humanitarian evacuation to prevent further casualties, due to the presence of land mines in the area.UNHCR said it is rushing aid to civilians caught up in conflict, with plans including the emergency airlift of 5,000 tents and other items from its stockpile in Dubai for use in dozens of camps in and around the towns of Vavuniya, Jaffna and Trincomalee.The agency also welcomed Sri Lanka”s decision to open the Mannar and Trincomalee areas to accommodate the arriving IDPs, and noted that it is seeking access to Kilinochchi to help those on the move. 24 April 2009With civilians still caught in crossfire between Government forces and separatist Tamil rebels in northern Sri Lanka, the top United Nations humanitarian official will head to the South Asian nation for a three-day visit, it was announced today. read more

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Refugees fleeing both ways between Chad and Sudan UN agency reports

“So now we’ve got refugees going in both directions in this increasingly volatile region,” Ron Redmond, spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said at a press briefing in Geneva.Meanwhile in New York, Secretary-General Kofi Annan discussed the ongoing violence in Darfur with representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). He underscored the urgent need to protect civilians there and across the border in Chad.“The Secretary-General expressed his concern about continuing insecurity and the increasing number of direct threats to relief workers,” a read-out of the meeting released by a spokesman for Mr. Annan said, noting that the tense environment has led to decreased access to the vulnerable people in need.Participants focused on the importance of strengthening peacekeeping operations in light of a possible transition from the African Union (AU) military presence in Darfur to a new force, according to the read-out. The meeting also touched on ways to reinforce political dialogue among all parties on the ground in order to find a peaceful settlement.“The Secretary-General thanked the NGOs for their courageous work in assisting those affected by the conflict and, as strategic allies, in working together to protect civilians and provide vitally needed humanitarian assistance,” the read-out said.A total of 3,600 new arrivals have been recorded at the Gaga camp in eastern Chad, saying they left Darfur or the troubled border area out of fear over attacks by the Janjaweed militia or by other armed groups based on both sides of the frontier.They come on donkeys, on foot and in trucks from the border, with some refugees herding livestock that survived being stolen, Mr. Redmond said.UNHCR is working with the Government, the World Food Programme (WFP) and other partners to improve and expand the reception of newcomers at Gaga, along with the medical screening process and shelter distribution.Once registered, refugees get a tent and other items such as blankets, mosquito nets, mats, jerry cans and a cooking kit.The camp, which has a capacity for 20,000 refugees, now has a population of 10,000. Some 200,000 refugees who have fled Darfur since 2003 live in 12 refugee sites in eastern Chad. read more

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Ordinary people are paying the price of violence in Syria – UN

“We are looking at how we can adjust our methods of work so that we continue to reach as many people in need as we can throughout the country,” the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria, Radhouane Nouicer, said in a news release from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). “To that end, we are currently reviewing our contingency plans, as well as updating the Syria Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan,” he added. “Most of all, we need an end to the unrelenting violence. All calls, from all sides, for parties to honour their obligations to protect civilians in Syria have had little effect, and ordinary people are paying the price.” The Response Plan seeks $348 million to cover humanitarian relief activities inside Syria, but has so far received $157 million. The Middle Eastern nation has been wracked by violence, with at least 20,000 people, mostly civilians, killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began some 21 months ago. The violence has spawned more than 465,000 refugees, while more than 2.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, according to UN estimates. The increasing insecurity has made it more difficult for humanitarian agencies to operate and the continued insecurity has increased the risks faced by those inside the country as well as those who are trying to leave, OCHA noted. The number of internally displaced people has surpassed 1.2 million, with some four million in and around the country having been affected by the crisis. Those who have left the country cite generalized violence, targeted threats against individuals and their families, and a breakdown of basic services as the reasons they fled their country. A recent mission by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to the city of Homs in the western part of the country found dire conditions, with displaced people staying in inadequate shelters and lacking health care. The onset of winter is also a main concern for humanitarian agencies, as temperatures are expected to drop close to freezing this month. In addition, ordinary people, but especially children, are now facing a growing threat from unexploded ordnance and explosive remnants of war, OCHA warned. “Despite difficult circumstances, the UN and its partners have made real achievements in Syria, reaching 1.5 million people with food on a monthly basis and distributing more than 300,000 family sets with essential relief items,” Mr. Nouicer said. “While this is still not enough, we need to keep up the momentum, on behalf of all Syrians in need.” read more

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Egypts President urges world leaders at UN to confront extremism end support

World leaders must intensity efforts to stop support for the terrorist organizations committing crimes in the Middle East and North Africa under the guise of religion, urged Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi as he addressed the General Assembly today. “Terrorism is a plague that does not differentiate in its spread between developing and developed societies,” Mr. Al Sisi said, pointing out that the region’s security issues could be resolved by promoting rule of law, directly confronting forces of extremism, and ensuring equality among people. Egyptians have “made history twice” in recent years by revolting against corruption, claiming their right to social justice and refusing to succumb to a tyranny that put narrow interests before the interests of the people, he said. Mr. Alsisi laid out plans for a “New Egypt,” a State that will “not be held back by terrorism that thinks it can conquer and repress our nation.” This new Egypt respects the rule of law, guarantees freedom of opinion for all and is determined to achieve prosperity for all people. To attain that, his Government is implementing a programme that spurs development until 2030, with the aim of laying the foundations of a free market economy capable of attracting investments. But the upsurge in extremism and violence perpetrated is causing pressing regional challenges that must be addressed through political solutions, he said.On Libya, a political solution must strengthen elected institutions, ensure an end to the bloodshed and that the territorial integrity of Libya is preserved. Ending the smuggling of arms is imperative, said the Egyptian President. A framework for Syria must put an end to the killing of innocent civilians and ensure that the aspirations of Syrian people are met, without compromising with terrorism. It is important to restore stability and government order to the areas that fell under the control of the terrorist organization Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The Palestinian issue remains a top priority for Egypt, Mr. Al Sisi said, reiterating the need to establish an independent state and adding that “these principles are not up for negotiation, other the basis of a comprehensive peace in the region would erode.” read more

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This Years MLB Tankfest Is Epic And Maybe Pointless

Cycles of winning and then rebuilding are nothing new in baseball, but this year’s cellar dwellers may have been especially emboldened to bottom out after watching the Astros and Cubs take that route on their way to winning the last two World Series. Each team’s title run was preceded by years of spectacular losing, serving as two proofs of the idea that a controlled franchise demolition can help pave the way for 100-win seasons and October parades. In addition, the era of owners and fans being content with a ballclub that’s merely respectable is seemingly over; if you’re not contending for a championship, the thinking goes, you may as well not even try to win at all.It makes sense, on paper. From a bottom-line perspective, buying wins that aren’t likely to tip a team over the threshold to making the playoffs is a poor way to maximize revenue. By concentrating instead on snagging high draft picks and rebuilding their farm systems, Houston and Chicago were able to use their picks on a procession of star prospects such as Carlos Correa, Kris Bryant, George Springer, Javier Baez, Alex Bregman … and the list goes on.But the Cubs and Astros might be special cases. Historically speaking, losing a ton of games doesn’t automatically lead to future success: Since 1969, the average team that lost between 90 and 100 games3Per 162 total games. in a season ended up winning an average of 80 games five years later, with only 23 percent having at least 90 wins. By comparison, the group of teams that lost between 75 and 85 games — so, teams that started from the middle — ended up in basically the same place. They won an average of 81 games five years later, with 21 percent cracking 90 wins. In other words, clubs that bottomed out and clubs that built from a place of respectability don’t usually look that different a few years down the line.Why? Probably the same reason that possessing a highly ranked farm system has surprisingly little effect on a team’s major-league fortunes down the road. Chicago and Houston were fortunate that so many of their top farmhands turned into stars,4Granted, not all of them did: 2013’s No. 1 overall pick, Mark Appel, quit baseball in February. and each has supplemented its young talent with cash spent elsewhere. (That’s a model the Phillies are currently following as well, to some early-season success.) Tanking is just the first step; to make it pay off, you also have to nail everything that comes after.This year’s extreme logjam of tankers may also make the strategy less effective. In the past, some teams were able to successfully build from the bottom because there wasn’t a ton of competition down there. It remains to be seen how well the tactic will work when almost a third of the league is doing the same thing at the same time. These copycats may have all hopped on the tank train at the wrong moment.Either way, the result of all this tanking has been a lot of bad baseball in the early going. I’m not totally convinced it’s had more of an effect on this year’s disappointing attendance numbers than, say, the terrible weather that’s plagued much of April around the country.5Although it should be said that 2018’s average attendance has dropped even further, from 27,532 per game at the time of Jeff Passan’s article to 26,931 through April 29, even as temperatures have risen. But it will probably end up affecting playoff races (as various contenders rack up easy wins against deliberately bad teams) and lead to more fans tuning out in the cities hosting these tank projects, and just at a time when baseball’s popularity was starting to creep back up again. All in the name of a strategy that might not even consistently work — despite a few high-profile successes in recent years.Check out our latest MLB predictions. The 2018 MLB season could end up being defined by a lot of things, including the possibility of even more tinkering to the baseball, an epic spate of strikeouts or the disappointing performance of the league’s supposed superteams. But most likely, we’ll remember 2018 as the year tanking dominated baseball’s landscape like never before. Not only did the spectre of mass rebuilding hang over the offseason — contributing to the slowest free-agent class in recent memory — but even after the talent was reshuffled on the field, tanking has already made a major impact on the standings. Particularly the bottom of the standings.According to our Elo projections, eight teams — the Reds, Royals, Marlins, Orioles, White Sox, Padres, Tigers and Rangers — are currently on track to lose at least 90 games, with roughly half of those teams flirting with a 100-loss pace. That’s the most potential 90-game-losers at the end of April since at least 1969,1The start of the “divisional era,” when MLB expanded to 24 teams. if we calculate past teams’ expected records using their Elo rating as of April 30 of each season.2Specifically, I ran a regression predicting a team’s rest-of-season record from its Elo rating at the end of April, and then added that expected record to a team’s actual record as of April 30 to arrive at a projected full-season record equivalent to the ones we list on our Elo-based MLB interactive. I also discarded strike-shortened seasons (like 1994 and 1995) from this analysis. With just a little luck, this year could end up matching (or surpassing) the record-setting 2004 season, which had 10 teams with 90 or more losses. read more

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Hes constantly in trouble Prince Harry was already a rebel aged 8

first_imgSilver spoons, coins and cufflinks given by the Royal Family to Cyril DickmanCredit:Cheffins/BNPS Mr Dickman retired at 65 and was made a Freeman of the City of London. He died aged 85 in 2012 and the letters were uncovered by his grandson who was going through his belongings.He has decided to put them up for auction and they are valued at £15,000. Prince Harry developed his rebellious streak by the time he was eight, his mother the Princess of Wales revealed in previously unseen letters.The young prince was “constantly in trouble” at boarding school, Diana disclosed in a 1993 letter to a confidante, whom she had also told of Prince William’s love for his younger brother.In letters to the late Cyril Dickman, who served as a steward at Buckingham Palace for more than 50 years, Diana wrote that William “could not stop kissing” Harry after he was born in September 1984.One particularly touching letter to Mr Dickman, dated March 2, 1985, reads: “William adores his little brother and spends the entire time swamping Harry with an endless supply of hugs and kisses, hardly letting the parents near!” Diana letter October 1992 Dylan Mander, specialist at Cambridge-based auctioneers Cheffins which is auctioning off Mr Dickman’s letters, said: “It is incredibly rare to have letters from Princess Diana with such a personal touch to them.”She would not have had friends in the sense we do so you could say Cyril Dickman was one of her closest friends.”Cheffins’ sale takes place in Cambridge on Jan 5. Prince Harry and Prince William on their way to school in 1989 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. Princess Diana letter September 1984 Credit:Cheffins/BNPScenter_img Credit:Cheffins/BNPS Prince Harry and Prince William on their way to school in 1989Credit:PETER BROOKER/Rex Shutterstock Also in the letter, Diana reveals how she and Prince Charles had been “overwhelmed” by the reaction to Harry’s birth and could “hardly breathe from the mass of flowers”.Another letter, dated July 18, 1993, in a series that have emerged at auction, reveals the naughty side of Prince Harry, then aged eight.Diana wrote to Mr Dickman: “The boys are well and enjoying boarding school a lot, although Harry is constantly in trouble!” Prince Harry was a pupil at private Ludgrove School in Berkshire at the time and the letter shows he had a rebellious streak at a young age.Nine years later aged 17 he was caught smoking cannabis in the grounds of Highgrove. He came under fire again in 2005 for wearing a Nazi uniform at a fancy dress party.Mr Dickman started his career at Buckingham Palace watching out for fires on the roof during the Blitz.The high esteem in which he was held by Princess Diana is reflected by the fact she confided in him about the death of her grandmother, the Baroness Fermoy, in July 1993. Show more In a letter dated July 18, 1993, she writes: “Thank you so much for your lovely letter concerning my Grandmother.”Her death came as a great shock, but it has meant an enormous amount to receive messages of support such as yours. I often think of you and Mrs Dickman and hope that life is treating you kindly.”Some of the other items in the auction include signed Christmas cards from Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. Silver spoons, coins and cufflinks given by the Royal Family to Cyril Dickmanlast_img read more

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Ghanas bigger picture mining approach will impact investment appeal

first_imgGold-endowed Ghana remains a high-class target for exploration and mining investment but its recent move to a “bigger picture” approach may impact future perceptions about its investment appeal, according to one of the most prominent Australian explorers there, Perth-based Viking Ashanti. Addressing the first day in Perth this week of the Paydirt 2012 Australian Gold Conference, Viking Ashanti Managing Director, Peter McMickan, said Ghana remained an exceptional “good for gold” province. “It continues to be politically and socially stable, offers strong mining infrastructure and services, can point to a successful 25 year record of modern mining, and with 3 Moz of gold output last year, confirms its hold as Africa’s second largest and the world’s ninth largest gold producer,” McMickan said.“However, what it has to deal with in future, as well as the global gold investment community, is that the perception about its appeal will now change because of its move towards the bigger mining picture,” he said.“In the past 18 months alone, it has lifted its gold royalty from 3 to 5%. Ghana’s company tax rate has also been increased in that same timeframe from 30% to 35%. These are not gamebreaking impacts in terms of Ghana’s gold exploration and mining upside but they will alter current perceptions about doing business there.“Its risk-reward profile remains positive but the higher charges will take the edge off the competitiveness enjoyed by it to date, particularly as there is now considerable resource investor interest in the emerging mining and development opportunities in the broader west African region.”McMickan said the sector continued to face challenges in ensuring a sufficient skills base for Ghana’s expanding mining industry.This was attributable to two main factors – the new government policy requiring 90% of a mining project’s workforce to be from indigenous communities and the fact that maturing projects making the transition to mining, required a much higher professional workforce such as mining engineers and mine managers.“It is fair to say that this growth is starting to stretch the breadth and depth of Ghana’s existing and potential exploration and mining workforce and is an issue that needs to be jointly addressed by all stakeholders looking to build a modern mining era for Ghana,” McMickan said.Viking Ashanti earlier this month announced a 40% higher JORC classified Inferred resource estimate of 18.0 Mt @ 1.2 g/t Au for 704,000 oz of contained gold, at a 0.5 g/t Au cut-off, for its 100%-owned Akoase East gold project in southern Ghana.The Company said then it now had increased confidence to build a significant further resource at Akoase East to see the deposit grow well beyond 1 Moz.last_img read more

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Marinko Kelecevic two seasons in Celje PL

Member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina NT, left back, Marinko Kelecevic (26), signed two seasons contract with former EHF CL champion, Celje Pivovarna Lasko, a team who had a lot of problems and bad results this season without trophies. He will join his current coach in Hungarian FTC, Vladan Matic, who already signed contract with Slovenian TOP team.  Before Budapest, Kelecevic played for Debrecen, where he came from Serbia (PKB). ← Previous Story Ales Pajovic two years in SC Magdeburg Next Story → Vujovic returns to Vardar! Marinko Kelecevic read more

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Appeal issued for missing teenager Tammy Duggan

first_imgUpdated 07.46am, Friday, 3 December: Tammy Duggan has been located safe and well.GARDAÍ IN CORK have issued an appeal for help to trace missing teenager Tammy Duggan.The 16-year-old has not been seen since 23 December. Her last known movements were in the Ballincollig area at about 2pm on Monday. At the time, she was wearing black knee-length boots, black leggings, a zebra-print skirt, black top and navy puff jacket with a belt.She is described as being 5′ 2″ tall and of petite build. She has brown shoulder-length hair and brown/green eyes.Anyone who has seen Tammy or can assist in finding her is asked to contact the station in Macroom on 026 20590 or the Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.Read: Warning about ‘Speckled Rolex’ ecstasy after man dies, four hospitalisedMore: Irish skier dies in Swiss Alps avalanchelast_img read more

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Words cannot express our appreciation Family of Martin McGuinness touched by support

first_img By Sean Murray ‘Words cannot express our appreciation’: Family of Martin McGuinness touched by support His wife Bernie McGuinness said that “our hearts are broken” following his death earlier this week. Image: Brian Lawless PA Wire/PA Images Mar 26th 2017, 1:11 PM Image: Brian Lawless PA Wire/PA Images Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article THE FAMILY OF Martin McGuinness have issued a statement to express their gratitude to all those who’ve sent messages of condolences and support after the political leader died earlier this week.The family sought to thank mourners who lined the streets of DerryHis wife Bernie said that despite Martin frequently being away due to his political activism, he was “a proud family man who took great delight in the accomplishments of our children and grandchildren”.The former Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland died on Tuesday. He’d been diagnosed with a genetic heart condition several months before.Tributes poured in for McGuinness from across political spectrums, with former President Bill Clinton among the mourners at his funeral in his birthplace of Derry on Thursday.Sinn Féin released a statement on behalf of Bernie McGuinness today where she expressed the family’s gratitude at the support they’ve received in recent days.She said: “On my own behalf and Martin’s family, I want to thank all of those who have offered their condolences since Martin’s death, including the countless people who sent messages, mass cards and prayers.I also want to express our deep appreciation of the many thousands of people who attended vigils in the course of the week in many parts of Ireland and overseas.The doctors and nurses who looked after him during his illness were acknowledged, as were the many thousands who lined the streets of Derry for the funeral on Thursday.She also thanked his Sinn Féin colleagues, “especially here in Derry”, the many stewards, the friends who travelled from overseas, and particularly those who attended of participated in the funeral service in Long Tower Church. She added:Words cannot express our appreciation at the outpouring of love and solidarity, which embraced us throughout Thursday.McGuinness’s widow added that both she and her entire family had been touched by the efforts of so many to “provide solace and comfort throughout this very difficult period”.Despite being a “republican activist for all of his adult life”, which frequently took him away from his home and family, he was “a proud family man who took great delight in the accomplishments of our children and grandchildren”, she said.He loved his family. And we love him. Our hearts are broken.Read: Love and respect as Martin McGuinness made his final journey through the town that loved him so wellRead: ‘Ireland lost a hero. Derry lost a son’ – Adams gives graveside oration for McGuinness Share464 Tweet Email Sunday 26 Mar 2017, 1:11 PM 12,821 Views 70 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3307422 last_img read more

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Asuka says she only hit her back and is okay after injury

first_img Videos Articles Twitter Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Seth Rollins Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list We had reported earlier that per several tweets from fans in attendance at the WWE live event in White Plains tonight during a match with Mandy Rose, Smackdown Women’s Champion Asuka was dropped on her neck and was unable to continue the match.Asuka later provided an update on her Twitter stating that she only hit her back.You can check out Asuka’s Twitter post below providing the update.I’m sorry for worrying you.Hit my back but That’s fine — ASUKA / 明日華 (@WWEAsuka) March 5, 2019 Videos Articles WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 WhatsApp Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus confirmed for WWE Smackdown premiere on FOX Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Facebook Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Cesaro Now Playing Up Next Kurt Angle Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Google+last_img read more

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Strootman looking forward to playing for Roma

first_imgKevin Strootman can play his 100th Seria A game for AS Roma against Juventus tomorrow and he insisted that he is planning to stay at the club for much longer than just that.The Dutchman has missed two years of his career at AS because of his terrible knee injuries and he is very grateful towards the club that they decided to stand by him and give him every kind of support needed.The midfielder spoke about his future with the club as he said, according to Football Italia:Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“I’ve made 99 Serie A appearances for Roma, but it should’ve been many more. I’ve been playing regularly and want to have a lot more games in the Roma jersey.”“At the start of the season, our objective was to challenge for the Scudetto, but now we need only a point to ensure we’re in the Champions League next term.”“We’ve seen how wonderful it is to play in this competition, as the stadium was packed and the whole city felt involved. We did really well in the Champions League, but unfortunately in December and January dropped too many points in Serie A to continue the Scudetto race with Juve and Napoli.”last_img read more

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