Andrea Pirlo says he is done with Italy

first_imgVeteran playmaker Andrea Pirlo on Sunday assured that the Italian football team does not need him and said he has done his job he needed to do for the national team.The 2006 World Cup winner was not picked by Italy chief coach Antonio Conte even though the likes of Riccardo Montolivo, Claudio Marchisio and Marco Verratti were ruled out by injury.The Milan and Juventus legend last year decided to join Major League Soccer (MLS) outfit New York City FC.The United States league is not considered to be competitive enough to get him a place in the national set-up.”The moment I decided to go to New York, automatically it was clear with Antonio Conte: ‘If you need me, then I’m here, but if you call someone else then I understand’,” Pirlo was quoted as saying by La Gazzetta dello Sport on Sunday.”Not seeing me as often as the others, Conte couldn’t know my condition as well as them. So he called others. Italy don’t miss me. I think I did what I had to with the Italy shirt.”The 37-year-old also said he is sure Italy would do better without him at the competition. One of the best midfielders of the game and known for his vision and long passing, Pirlo has represented Italy in 116 games.”I do miss the Nazionale, but I knew that I would. Even just sitting in front of the TV, you feel the adrenaline and realise how much it affects you. I don’t think Italy need me, as they are doing very well and will do even better, you’ll see.”advertisementSpeaking about 23-year-old Verratti who was ruled out with a sports hernia, Pirlo said that the 23-year-old’s game is similar to his. Paris Saint-Germain player Verratti has been groomed to replace Pirlo in the deep-lying playmaker role.”Perhaps he is the player that most resembles me. He certainly would’ve been one of the stars of this Euros and he will definitely be the leader of Italy in future. He has everything required for that role,” he reckoned.”In Europe I don’t really see players who are like me. Maybe that’s fortunate, as I’d be a bit sad. Of course, I would’ve liked to be called up and play for the Nazionale, but in my mind it was far more of an I’d like that’ as opposed to ‘it’d be the right thing to do.”last_img read more

Secnd successive gold for Manish, Gaurav takes silver; SSCB dominates boxing nationals

first_imgPune, Nov 2 (PTI) Defending champion Manish Kaushik (60kg) claimed a second successive gold, while world-medallist Gaurav Bidhuri (56kg) signed off with a silver in the Senior Men’s National Boxing Championships, which concluded here on Friday. The Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) dominated the summit clashes with all their eight finalists clinching gold medals. Defending champions Railways Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) was a distant second, snapping up the remaining two gold medals on offer. In a rarity at the Nationals, traditional powerhouse Haryana failed to fetch a single gold medal this time around. Commonwealth Games silver-medallist Manish (SSCB), defeated Ulaanbaatar Cup gold-medallist Ankush Dahiya of the Railways Sports Promotion Board (RSPB). However, world championship bronze-medallist Bidhuri (RSPB) took home a silver after losing to former champion Madan Lal (SSCB) in the bantamweight final. Railways fetched the 64kg category gold through King’s Cup bronze-winner Rohit Tokas. Rohit got the better of Uttar Pradesh’s Abhishek Yadav in his final bout. India Open gold-medallist Sanjeet continued the SSCB’s dominance by notching up the 91kg category gold in his maiden Nationals. Sanjeet defeated Haryana’s Parveen Kumar to finish on top and continue his rapid rise. CWG silver-medallist and this year’s Arjuna awardee Satish Kumar (+91kg) also took the gold to shore up the SSCB’s tally, beating RSPB’s Jasveer Singh in the finals. In the 81kg category, Manish Panwar (RSPB) became the champion by getting the better of Rajasthan’s Brijesh Yadav. The other Services gold medals came through Deepak (49kg), P L Prasad (52kg) Duryodhan Singh Negi (69kg) and Manjeet Singh (75kg). PTI PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

India Open: Shiva Thapa, Amit Panghal lead home domination

first_imgIt was a spectacular homecoming for World championship bronze medallist Shiva Thapa, while Asian Games gold medallist Amit Panghal also lived upto his billing reaching the semifinals in 52kg category at the second India Open boxing tournament here Wednesday.Five other Indians also progressed to the semifinals at the Karmabir Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Indoor Stadium.Three years after he was crowned national champion at the same venue, a matured Thapa returned stronger as he clinically executed his plans to outwork his taller Mauritius opponent Hellene Damien 5-0 and set up a semifinal clash against D Krystian Sczepanski of Poland in the 60kg category.”I was facing a taller opponent like him for the first time in my category,” said Thapa, who will switch to 63kg after the tournament keeping in mind of the approved weight categories for Olympic qualification.”He had a better reach so my strategy was to hit him from the close range and then quickly go out of his reach. It worked out perfectly.”All the buzz of the day was about the 13th bout of the day as hordes of school children, Shiva’s family members including his father Padam Thapa waited anxiously for the local favourite to come inside the ring.”I can’t express in words the amazing feeling. The crowd was all at their toes and it was about living up to their expectation,” said Thapa, who last month became the first Indian male boxer to claim four consecutive Asian medals with his bronze at the Asian Championship in Bangkok.advertisementAnkit and Manish Kaushik also had 5-0 wins over their respective opponents making it a three-Indian lineup in the 60kg category.In the 52kg category, Indians ruled the roost with Panghal, national champion P L Prasad, former world youth champion Sachin Siwach and reigning Commonwealth Games champion Gaurav Solanki making it an all-Indian lineup.Panghal, who claimed the 49kg gold after defeating reigning Olympic champion Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan in the Asiad final in Jakarta last year, opted to play a waiting game against Thailand Chakapong Chanpirom in the first round.Having moved up to Olympic category 52kg after winning gold at the Strandja meet in Bulgaria earlier this year, Panghal then stepped up his pace to win 5-0.”It took sometime for me to assess him and get a grip of his style of play but I’m happy that it paid off,” Panghal said.”It’s a tough category. Many new boxers will come in to meet the Olympic qualification standard. I have to watch both,” Panghal, who had clinched a gold in his new weight category in the Asian championship beating Dusmatov again, added.Panghal will take on reigning national champion Prasad in the semifinal, while the other half will see Siwach face-off against Bidhuri.Fresh from a bronze at the GeeBee Boxing tournament Finland, Siwach did his homework well to exact revenge on world championship bronze medalist Rogen Ladon of Philippines.The two-time former Olympian had defeated Siwach by a split-decision in the President’s Cup quarterfinals in Astana last year.Siwach rectified his mistake and waited to capitalise on the Filipino’s mistakes to go for the kill as he won 4-1 via split decision.”Last time I went for an allout attack that did not pay off. I watched videos of the bout and this time I could rectify my mistakes,” Siwach said as he also got the support of his father and uncle who had come all the way from Haryana to support him.He will next face Solanki, who had it easy against Louis Fleurot of Mauritius to seal a 5-0 win.”We never faced in a competition. But I’ve been his sparring partner in the camp. We all know each others strengths and weaknesses. I’m 100 per cent confident of an easy win,” Siwach said.Also Read | Indian Open boxing: Mary Kom assured of medal, Pawan Narwal advancesAlso Read | Injured player turns coach, guides Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa to historic Asian successAlso Seelast_img read more



Madrid’s Llorente injures groin

first_imgReal Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente looks set to be out for at least three weeks after he suffered a strain of the adductor muscle in his left groin, the club has confirmed.Llorente enjoyed a rise to prominence towards the end of 2018 under new manager Santiago Solari, starting their last three La Liga games as well as their Club World Cup wins over Kashima Antlers and Al Ain.But the 23-year-old will be forced into a likely month-long lay-off, give or take a week, after struggling with the injury during the mid-season break. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Madrid confirmed the injury is a “grade two” problem, meaning Llorente could miss between three and six weeks of football.He looks likely to at least be out for games against Villarreal, Real Sociedad, Leganes, Real Betis and Sevilla, but a six-week layoff could also see him ruled out of contests with Espanyol, Deportivo Alaves and Atletico Madrid, with any further time out likely to see him miss the Champions League last 16 tie against Ajax in mid-February.A native to the capital, the Spaniard signed up with Los Blancos as a teenager, and came through the ranks at their Castilla youth academy set-up.He made his senior debut for Real Madrid B in 2014, before stepping up for his first appearance with the main team in a 3-0 win over Levante in late 2015.However, with little in the way of regular game-time, he was subsequently loaned out to Alaves in August 2016 on a one-year deal, where he famously helped the club to a 2-1 win over Barcelona during the subsequent campaign.Good form saw him recalled into Madrid contention for the 2017-18 season, where he won the Champions League title under Zinedine Zidane after making one appearance during their European odyssey.Llorente scored his first competitive goal last month in the Club World Cup final against Al Ain, in which he also picked up the Man of the Match award for his performance.At international level, Llorente has received no senior caps or call-ups, but has played nine times for the nation’s under-21 team, having made his first appearance against Estonia in 2016.last_img read more

Worn Out Wednesday – Topper Luciani

first_img SNL’s Kyle Mooney Never Had a Real Job and He’s Cool With That The Burger Show’s Alvin Cailan Shares His Burger-Making Secrets Understanding Diets and Dieting with Shawn Wells 10 Refreshing Labor Day Cocktail Recipes to Salute the End of Summer Editors’ Recommendations Topper is one wild dude from Connecticut who now lives in New York and runs a well respected women’s online second hand goods store (show this to your gal for major style credit). Don’t worry, he will be working on a men’s site soon. Here he talks about his company and his personal style.I started in 2012 by selling used neck ties on eBay. Then I realized the real business is in vintage women’s clothing. I’m trying to make it a giant web department store for secondhand goods and so far so good. We will be launching men’s down the line, but focusing on women’s for now.As for my own personal fashion, one of the most influential factors in creating the style I have today was a girlfriend I had when I was young who was more turned on by my not giving a fiddlers fart how I dressed. From then on I started really getting shlubby. It’s leveled out over the years since I couldn’t go into every situation wearing Umbros, Crocs and a flannel shirt but that is still basically my uniform.Jeans: Levis 501 blue or basic black denim from Uniqlo.Shirts: Ralph Lauren or Uniqlo oxfords all the livelong day.Pants:  I’m rarely not wearing denim.Suits: if I have to wear a suit I rock a vintage Oxxford that I bought at an estate sale. It makes me feel like Prince Charles.Shoes: Vans to make her dance. Also,  Nike Free’s changed my life. I run in them and love them soooo much!Accessories: I usually sport a Bob Hope charity golf tourney Timex, a G-Shock or a Blancpain Léman. I’ve been wearing the fancy one more often after I spotted Vladimir Putin wearing it! I love my Bamboo rolling papers baseball hat that I had to send 100 empty packages in to redeem. Sometimes I rock blue glass beads that everyone thinks are religious. I just wear them to make myself look like more of a nut.Outerwear: I’m pretty Normcore so lots of Patagonia but this past winter I rocked a vintage Barbour and a vintage Bogner.  Being in the vintage business ensures that lots of amazing gear passes through my doors. I try to never get high on my own supply but occasionally I take a bump if you will.Your favorite App: This is gross and I hate myself for admitting this because I’m kind of over it but I use Instagram the most of all my apps.Favorite piece of technology: has changed my life. It’s allowed me to outsource my entire existence. I actually outsourced this interview and these responses are actually from a boy in Bangladesh.Next tech purchase:  I’ve ripped through so many iPod minis because I lose them so I am buying another one of those today. But my next big purchase is going to be an early 90s Ferrari. Not really techy except I picture Larry Ellison burning rubber out of some West Coast dealership in the early 90s and that is certainly a steeze I want to endorse and emulate. Long Hair for Men: Tips for Growing and Maintaining Your Style last_img read more

400 Bottles of Liquor on the Wall: Chestnut Club

first_img 8 Best Rums for Piña Coladas America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider Editors’ Recommendations Banksy’s Gross Domestic Product Is a Pop-Up Shop Unlike Any Other If Don Draper were real and around in present-day Los Angeles, he’d be drinking at The Chestnut Club. This Santa Monica bar is sophisticated without being pretentious and has one of the most impressive cocktail menus in town. The Chestnut Club is the brainchild of LA heavy hitters Mario Guddemi, Sal Aurora, and famed mixologists Pablo Moix, and Steve Livigni, who gave us Black Market Liquor Bar among others. With over 400 specifically chosen liquors, including fortified wines, they have almost endless possibilities to choose from when developing their cocktail menu. The Blackberry Honey Sour is the perfect summer night choice: Bourbon, Blackberries, Lemon and Honey. The Chestnut Cup is absurdly drinkable, using Gin, Campari, Lemon, Orgeat [a type of syrup] and Bitters. The cocktails are garnished beautifully and simply and are infinitely Instagram-able. They haven’t forgotten about their beer drinkers, though, and offer a comparably small, but fantastic, list of craft beers, largely from Southern California brewers.The incredible collection of spirits is on display, taking up almost an entire side of the bar, and many are going to be new to you, but that’s the best part. The bartenders know their stuff and are excited to pass on the knowledge, unlike some other bartenders who can be intimidating. Order off the menu, order a classic cocktail, or shoot the shit with the staff and come up with something new: they will be able to guide you to new favorites. And if you love whiskey in particular, you cannot miss The Chestnut Club.They don’t expect you to drink on an empty stomach though. Their menu is classic bar food, but elevated. Olives marinated in orange, garlic, and herbs, whole grain pretzels dipped in spicy aioli, smoked trout, peel and eat shrimp, and even oysters. If you’re a meat lover, do not skip the BBQ Short Rib Sandwich.It has a relaxed vibe with a relatively upscale design, almost like a modern twist on a 1960s cocktail lounge: exposed brick walls wood beam ceilings, and plenty of seating. There is a dress code, but it’s not egregious, no baseball hat, flip-flops or shorts (men only), but honestly, who is trying to pull off flip-flops in a bar? Arriving on the early-side during the weekends is key or you risk waiting in line, plus you get the benefit of talking to the bartenders when it’s still quiet.last_img read more

Male Student Athletes Attend Symposium

first_img More than 100 male student athletes from several high schools across the island attended the inaugural ‘More Than an Athlete: Not Just a Player’ symposium held today (April 12) at Jamaica College in Kingston.The forum sought to equip the student athletes with the knowledge and life skills to make healthy choices as they make the transition from school into professional careers.Features at the symposium included an empowerment session with testimonies from former athletes who have successfully transitioned from school athletics to being successful in various professions; a dialogue on sports and education; and sessions on the business of sports, gender-based violence, balancing education with sports, and healthy versus toxic masculinities.There were presentations from the Bureau of Gender Affairs and the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission; a motivational session; and an interactive panel discussion with several former athletes, such as Sports Analyst and Commentator, Owen Hill; and Football Coach, Sport and Media Personality, Neville Bell.Acting Senior Director for the Bureau of Gender Affairs, Sharon Coburn Robinson, said the symposium is part of the Bureau’s thrust to highlight and facilitate a discussion about the challenges and concerns of men and boys in the Jamaican society.“This is in keeping with our Special Service Desk for men. That is a space in the Bureau to integrate the concerns of boys and men into the development discussion. We now have a more definitive focus to integrate men and boys, so that the programmes that we have do not only target women and girls,” she explained.“We think it is important to have a symposium to bring the boys in and talk to them about what they are experiencing as young student athletes, so that when they get to the point of transitioning to the work world and the professional space, they are equipped with knowledge from persons who have been there and can share strategies they can use to move forward,” she added.Participating schools were Charlie Smith High, Calabar High, Hydel Group of Schools, Jamaica College, Kingston College, Meadowbrook High, Tivoli Gardens High and Wolmer’s Boys’.The symposium was hosted by the Bureau of Gender Affairs, in partnership with the Ministry of National Security and the faith-based organisation, Men of God Against Violence and Abuse (MoGAVA). More than 100 male student athletes from several high schools across the island attended the inaugural ‘More Than an Athlete: Not Just a Player’ symposium held today (April 12) at Jamaica College in Kingston. Features at the symposium included an empowerment session with testimonies from former athletes who have successfully transitioned from school athletics to being successful in various professions; a dialogue on sports and education; and sessions on the business of sports, gender-based violence, balancing education with sports, and healthy versus toxic masculinities. There were presentations from the Bureau of Gender Affairs and the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission; a motivational session; and an interactive panel discussion with several former athletes, such as Sports Analyst and Commentator, Owen Hill; and Football Coach, Sport and Media Personality, Neville Bell. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Premierdesignate MacDonald Announces Cabinet

first_imgPremier-designate Rodney MacDonald announced today, Feb. 23, the names of the 15 MLAs who will be in his cabinet. The provincial Executive Council will be sworn in on Friday, Feb. 24, at 11 a.m. in Halifax. “This is the right team to help make a better future for Nova Scotian families and to build on the successes and prosperity of the past six and a half years,” said Premier-designate MacDonald. “This a team that is truly Nova Scotian, representing every corner of the province, and members are ready to do their part to help Nova Scotians realize their hopes and dreams. “Together we will work to make sure Nova Scotia becomes stronger, more prosperous, and healthier.” The premier-designate said that his cabinet and government will continue to co-operate and look for common ground with opposition parties, realizing that Nova Scotians want government to do its job, working for the people, not for partisan purposes. Ten of the members were in the previous cabinet, while five are newcomers. “In creating this cabinet team, I was able to draw on both the experience and ability of current ministers and the enthusiasm, energy and fresh ideas of MLAs who are new to the cabinet table,” said Mr. MacDonald. “We are blessed to have so many capable MLAs in our caucus and the strength of this cabinet is a reflection of that.” The premier-designate also announced a restructuring of departments in the provincial government. The new premier has created the Department of Health Promotion and Protection, combining Nova Scotia Health Promotion, the former Public Health branch of the Department of Health, and the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. “Under Premier Hamm, I had the honour to serve as Nova Scotia’s first Minister of Health Promotion — the first in the country,” said Mr. MacDonald. “Now, we are taking the next step to help Nova Scotians make better choices about lifestyle, exercise, and diet so we can be the healthiest province in the country. By making those investments now, we are doing our part to ensure a healthier future for all Nova Scotians. “At the same time, it is more crucial than ever before to be prepared for a public health emergency. By creating this new department, it allows us to sharpen our focus on protecting Nova Scotians’ health for that sort of emergency.” The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries is being realigned into two separate entities: the Department of Agriculture and Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aquaculture. “By creating a stand-alone Department of Agriculture we are acknowledging the extraordinary importance of our farmers and farming communities,” said Mr. MacDonald. “Our agricultural communities have told us they needed a single-access point for their dealings with government, and we agree. “As well, we feel that the traditional fishing industry and the emerging aquaculture industry deserve direct contact with provincial government employees. This is one way to make sure government does its part to help this vital industry thrive.” As premier, Mr. MacDonald will also serve as president of the Executive Council and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs. Hants West MLA Ron Russell, the most senior member of cabinet, remains Deputy Premier. Mr. Russell, who was born in New Zealand, will also be Minister of Immigration, Minister of Human Resources, and Minister responsible for the Public Service Commission. He was first elected in 1978, and has been re-elected seven times in a row. Michael Baker will be the Minister of Finance and will continue as Minister of Aboriginal Affairs. Mr. Baker was elected MLA for Lunenburg in 1998 and re-elected in 1999 and 2003. He is also Minister responsible for Part I of the Gaming Control Act, the Securities Act and the Insurance Act. Jamie Muir is continuing as Minister of Education. Mr. Muir is the MLA for Truro-Bible Hill. He has a wealth of experience in education, from his time as principal of the Nova Scotia Teachers College, a faculty member in the education department at St. Francis Xavier University, director of inspection services for the Nova Scotia Department of Education and inspector of schools in the Cumberland, Colchester and Hants East area. He is also Minister responsible for the Youth Secretariat Act. Angus MacIsaac is the Minister of Transportation and Public Works and the chair of Treasury and Policy Board. A former teacher, Mr. MacIsaac was first elected to represent the people of Guysborough in 1969 and re-elected in 1970. He returned to the Nova Scotia legislature in 1999, where he has served as Minister of Health, Minister for Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations and Minister of Education. The MLA for Antigonish, he is also responsible for the Sydney Steel Corporation Act and Minister responsible for Gaelic Initiatives. David Morse remains Minister of Community Services. Mr. Morse has been the MLA for Kings South since 1999. He is also Minister responsible for the Disabled Persons’ Commission Act and Minister of Emergency Management. Kerry Morash becomes Minister of Economic Development. First elected in 1999 by the people of Queens, Mr. Morash worked 18 years as safety co-ordinator at Bowater Mersey. He is also Minister responsible for Nova Scotia Business Incorporated, Minister responsible for the Innovation Corporation Act. Barry Barnet is minister of the newly created Department of Health Promotion and Protection. The MLA for Hammonds Plains-Upper Sackville, he continues his role as the province’s first Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs. Lucasville, one of the province’s most historic African Nova Scotian communities, is in his riding. He is also Minister of Communications Nova Scotia. Richard Hurlburt is Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. Mr. Hurlburt’s experience as a warden of Yarmouth County and as a long-time municipal councillor makes him well-suited for his new responsibilities. He was elected the MLA for Yarmouth in 1999 and re-elected in 2003. Mr. Hurlburt is also responsible for the Residential Tenancies Act. The Minister of Health is Chris d’Entremont. Mr. d’Entremont continues as Minister or Acadian Affairs. The MLA for Argyle is a former broadcaster and was an executive assistant to former Finance Minister Neil LeBlanc. Mr. d’Entremont is also chair of the Seniors’ Secretariat. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson is Minister of Environment and Labour. A small business owner and former municipal councillor, Ms. Bolivar-Getson is the MLA for Lunenburg West. She is also Minister responsible for Part II of the Gaming Control Act, the Utility and Review Board Act and the Workers’ Compensation Act (except Part II). Murray Scott, the former Speaker of the House and a newcomer to cabinet, is Attorney General and Minister of Justice. Mr. Scott brings a wealth of experience in the justice system, having spent 20 years as a police officer in Moncton and Springhill. The MLA for Cumberland South was first elected in 1998 and has served as Speaker of the House since 1999. He is also Minister responsible for the Human Rights Act, the Regulations Act and Part II of the Workers’ Compensation Act. Brooke Taylor, who has served in the legislature since 1993, is the Minister of Natural Resources. The veteran MLA for Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley is the former chair of the government caucus. Another new member of cabinet is Ron Chisholm, Minister of Agriculture, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, and Minister responsible for the Maritime Provinces Harness Racing Commission Act. Mr. Chisholm is the MLA for Guysborough-Sheet Harbour and is current chair of the government caucus. Bill Dooks is the new Minister of Energy and another new face in cabinet. The MLA for Eastern Shore since 1999, Mr. Dooks has a background in banking and established a construction and development company 25 years ago. He is currently vice-chair of the Standing Committee on Resources, a member of the Standing Committee on Economic Development and Veterans Affairs. The newest member of the legislature, Judy Streatch, is the new Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. Ms. Streatch has been the MLA for Chester-St. Margaret’s since winning a byelection in 2005. She is a former French Immersion teacher. She is also Minister responsible for the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation, the Liquor Control Act, the Advisory Council on the Status of Women Act, and the Heritage Property Act.last_img read more

Mayawati mocks Modi says majboor govt better for people

first_imgLucknow: Seemingly mocking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election theme of a strong government versus a “helpless” one, BSP chief Saturday claimed a “majboor” ruling alliance would actually have been better. During elections Modi used to ask people whether they wanted a “majboor” (helpless) or a “majboot” (strong) government. “There has been a full majority government both at the Centre and the state for the past sometime but the necessary improvement has not taken place in UP. This proves that in the interest of the people it is the ‘majboor’ government which was required rather than a ‘mazboot’ one,” Mayawati said. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! “A ‘majboor’ government will have fear and will work for the welfare of people. Such a government will not be an autocratic one and its leaders too will not take the law in their hands, and create anarchy and corruption,” the BSP supremo said while addressing party leaders of Purvanchal and Awadh regions. The BSP chief directed party workers to strengthen the organisation. She also alleged that BJP government was cutting into the funds meant for rural employment. The BSP workers claimed the conditions were very bad in Purvanchal, the region from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been elected to the Lok Sabha and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has his ‘karmabhumi’ (Gorakhpur). They claimed people are continuously “migrating” from the region out of compulsion. People in the region are looking for better law and order and development, they said.last_img read more

Federal Court of Appeal decision on Trans Mountain coming next week

first_imgVANCOUVER – The Federal Court of Appeal is scheduled to release its decision next week in a case that combined nearly two dozen lawsuits calling for the National Energy Board’s review of the Trans Mountain pipeline to be overturned.The board, Trans Mountain and the federal government defended the project as viable during two weeks of hearings in Vancouver last fall.First Nations, including the Tsleil-Waututh, argued the federal government did not adequately consult them, although federal lawyers told the hearings extensive consultations were conducted.Environmental groups and the cities of Vancouver and Burnaby also challenged the project and were supported by the province of British Columbia, which was an intervener in the case.Alberta was also an intervener and a lawyer for the province said Ottawa’s decision to approve the expansion of the pipeline between Edmonton and Metro Vancouver was based on a broad base of evidence that considered environmental, economic and Indigenous interests.The federal government announced in May that it was buying the Trans Mountain pipeline for $4.5 billion to ensure what it calls a vital piece of infrastructure is built.The Federal Court of Appeal tweeted Friday that the decision would be released next Thursday on its website.last_img read more

Brantford police inundated with complaints following Amber Alert

first_imgBRANTFORD – Complaints are once again popping up on social media about the Amber Alert that woke people up early Thursday morning.Brantford police say they were inundated with calls and emails, including one person who is under investigation after calling to complain 11 times about the alert that woke people up around 3 a.m.Police issued a statement, calling out some of those who emailed their complaints to them.“3 o’clock in the **** morning- no- I haven’t seen her. This went off five **** times. I am in oshawa . What in the **** are you thinking”“You guys are absolutely crazy with your Amber alerts. I live 6 hours drive away, in another province and you feel waking me up at 3 am is required.”“Yes, I leave my phone on, but not because I want to be harassed by law enforcement, because I have elderly parent who may have a legitimate need for help.”“Respectfully, do your job and stop harassing citizens.”“Perhaps if you do your job, we could sleep.”Brantford police defended their use of the alert system while reminding the public that contacting police to complain takes resources away from legitimate police investigations.“When a child is abducted, it is our duty to utilize any and all resources available to facilitate a lawful investigation, and to locate the child as soon as possible. We expect the public to support our stance,” said Insp. Scott Williams.“Time is critical in saving the lives of abducted children, and the main objective of the Amber Alert is always the safe return of the child. The decision to utilize the Ontario Amber Alert is based on established criteria, and is never taken lightly.”A recent petition on is calling on the province to fine people who call 9-1-1 to complain about Amber Alerts. So far, more than 80,000 people have signed the petition.last_img read more

GMP Capital selling capital markets business to US firm Stifel Financial

Companies in this story: (TSX:GMP) The Canadian Press TORONTO — GMP Capital Inc. has signed a deal to sell its capital markets business to Stifel Financial Corp. in a deal worth roughly $70 million.Under the deal, Stifel, which is based in St. Louis, Missouri will pay the tangible book value of the business, less cash, plus $45 million.GMP chief executive Harris Fricker and other key personnel have agreed to join Stifel once the deal closes.The company said assuming the successful completion of the transaction it plans a one-time return of capital distribution of 27.5 cents per share.The sale and the return of capital payment require approval by a two-thirds majority vote by shareholders.GMP says it plans to make its wealth management business the core of its growth strategy going forward. The firm, which holds a 33 per cent stake in Richardson GMP Ltd., says it is in talks with Richardson Financial Group Ltd. to acquire the stake it does not already hold. read more

UK continues to partner with Sri Lankan journalists to improve media freedom

The British Government continues to partner with Sri Lankan journalists to improve media freedom, the British High Commission in Colombo said.Mathanavasan Paramanantham and Raisa Wickrematunge will be the latest Sri Lankan participants on the British Government’s Chevening South Asia Journalism Fellowship scheme. The fellows will be leaving for the UK in March to undertake a programme at the University of Westminster in London. Titled ‘Good Governance in a Changing World: the Media, Politics and Society’, the programme will bring together experienced journalists from around South Asia. The programme explores the important role the media has in holding governments, public services, other organisations and individuals to account, and the different ways in which journalists can do this. The High Commissioner said that the UK believes that protections for journalists – formal or informal, bloggers for example – need to extend to those operating in the digital space.  A threat against a journalist made online is no less serious than one made in person or through the post. The Fellowship has been open to participants from Sri Lanka since 2017, and this is the third group of fellows travelling to the UK. Speaking at a reception organised to celebrate the new Fellows’ success, the British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka James Dauris said that good journalism helps to safeguard all of the freedoms that we cherish; it protects public interests; it helps to keep democracies democratic, and elections free and fair; it is a vital bulwark against corruption and organised crime”.He said that the most recent Freedom House index shows democracy in retreat in more countries around the world than it has been advancing in.  A growing number of governments are increasingly using restrictive laws to stifle freedom of expression and prevent the functioning of an independent media.  For commercial, criminal, political and many other reasons people seek to prevent journalists looking into those dark corners where we need light to shine.“The pages of Sri Lanka’s recent history carry stories of terrible violence against writers, cartoonists, editors, crimes for which the people responsible have still not been held to account,” he added. “We need good, honest investigative journalists.  Every society needs them, those where they aren’t allowed to operate almost certainly most of all.  It comes as no surprise that there’s a direct correlation between countries with the greatest media freedom and the lowest levels of corruption,” he said.The High Commissioner said that the UK has long supported media freedoms globally, and is home to a wealth of media expertise and innovation. (Colombo Gazette) Press freedom and journalists’ safety is a global priority for the British government. In July this year the UK will host an international conference in London on media freedom.For two days it will bring together foreign ministers, industry figures, representatives of civil society, academics and the wider media to push for a greater appreciation of the value of having an independent media, and to encourage a more co-ordinated approach to securing the safety of media professionals. read more

In Washington Annan urges business leaders to join fight against HIVAIDS

“Even though AIDS poses a huge economic threat, it is first and foremost a humanitarian imperative,” Mr. Annan told members of the US Chamber of Commerce during a breakfast meeting. “In fact, there is a happy convergence between what your shareholders pay you for, and what is best for millions of people the world over.”Stressing that the spread of AIDS causes costs to rise and markets to shrink, he said, “The business community needs to get involved to protect its bottom line.” The Secretary-General detailed the negative effects of the pandemic, pointing out that by 2005, AIDS would strike a combined 10 million people in China and India – “two of America’s largest export markets and sources of supply.” Looking to the broader implications of the spread of the disease, he cited a CIA report which found that the burden of infectious diseases will add to political instability and slow democratic development in Sub-Saharan Africa, parts of Asia, and the former Soviet Union. “That is certainly not good for business,” he said. Outlining how corporate action can fight the epidemic, Mr. Annan called on those present with employees in the developing world to implement effective AIDS policies. “Programmes to educate your work force about HIV can become a corner stone of our global prevention campaign,” he said. Beyond contributing through the workforce, the Secretary-General said businesses can serve as advocates for change by speaking about the AIDS epidemic and what can be done to stop it. “Silence and stigma drive the virus underground and fuel its spread,” he said. “Speaking up helps to halt it.” The Secretary-General also pointed out that businesses could help to stop the spread of AIDS by donating money to the Global AIDS and Health Fund, which he proposed earlier this year as a means of supporting national programmes and strategies. Citing a Harvard University estimate that AIDS has already cost the world more than $500 billion, he said the suggested $10 billion to defeat the disease “seems fairly reasonable – in fact, a bargain.” Later, Mr. Annan had a one-on-one meeting with US Secretary of State Colin Powell. Speaking to the press afterwards, the Secretary-General said the two had discussed Iraq, the Middle East, Secretary Powell’s recent visit to Africa, and the struggle against AIDS. read more

FEATURE Seizing on global trend Afghan women reporters empower voices against violence

In social media across Afghanistan, one trending hashtag is #wheresmyname, which highlights the effort of women to be heard and recognized by men. “Women are often ignored in Afghan society, and their interests fall on deaf ears, so this hashtag is a kind of a cry for recognition,” said Anosha Ansari, also a reporter at Ariana TV in Mazar.“Even when women are losing hope, they still want to be heard,” she added, pointing out that women and girls can often go unnamed even on their gravestones, which merely read, “Wife of someone” or “Daughter of another.”Social media is a way not only for abused women and girls to learn more about their rights with regard to gender-based violence, but also to highlight the plight of survivors, particularly in distant locales across Afghanistan.Even when women are losing hope, they still want to be heard Anosha AnsariYet Afghan women are usually reluctant to identify themselves with a real photo on Facebook, Twitter or elsewhere. “Of course, there is also self-censorship on social media,” said Ms. Ansari. “Women and girls usually want to avoid confrontation, so they often choose to keep stories of violence and abuse to themselves, but not always.”Afghanistan’s media culture remains one of the most open and vibrant in the region, but breaking down conservative customs and taboos about discussing gender-based violence is a constant challenge. “There are still a lot of male leaders in society who say that this is not a subject that needs discussion,” said Ms. Rasoly. “That is a mindset that we are dealing with and trying to change.”Each year, the international community marks 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Beginning on that date, and running through Human Rights Day on 10 December, are the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign.Women demonstrating for rights. The banner reads: “Human rights are your rights! Human rights are my right! Human rights are our rights!” Photo: Farzana Wahidy The UN has sponsored forums and athletic events to promote conversation and awareness of gender-based violence and harassment, and has worked with local media outlets to extend the messages coming out of these events to surrounding communities. The UN also has conducted traditional and social media campaigns to promote women’s rights, including through the participation of religious leaders, academics, elders and other public figures.The best way to confront gender-based violence is to empower women, girls, and all others to speak up, according to Sayed Barez, a UNAMA public information officer. “When survivors are allowed to speak out – with the help of the media – it holds perpetrators accountable, turns lives around, and sensitizes society to all forms of gender-based violence, including sexual harassment.”In the end, he says, although obstacles remain, “the UN hopes to help in Afghanistan’s transformation by focusing efforts around enforcing laws that defend women and by insisting on the view that all and any violence against women and girls is wrong.”In Mazar, where efforts have been made to provide space and shelter for female survivors of violence and abuse, women who have sought protection have also been able to speak out through the media.“Though it can be dangerous even for the shelters, depriving women of contact to the outside world and the media is illegal,” says Sayed Abdul Safwat, Director of Independent Cooperation for Change, an Afghan group instrumental in setting up women’s shelters across Afghanistan.“Anything less than access to the media makes a shelter more akin to a prison,” he says. “Women should not be required to talk to the media, but they certainly should have the right to do so.”Afghan woman in traditional cover, known as a burka, at the Blue Mosque in Mazar. Photo: Jawad Jalail In a year when the #metoo hashtag has inspired women across the globe to tell their personal tales of harassment and unwanted sexual advances in the workplace, a team of female television reporters in northern Afghanistan is promising to “leave no sister behind” by telling the often harrowing stories of Afghan women and girls trapped by abuse and gender-based violence.In Afghanistan, the challenge of helping women tell these stories is fraught with peril. It requires the use of confidentiality and anonymity to protect women and girls who choose to speak out. Those who report abuse – from simple harassment to severe beatings and rape – risk retribution and often more violence, sometimes including murder, for speaking out.“Our first step is to gain the trust of survivors,” says Raihana Rasoly, an anchor and reporter at Ariana Television in the city of Mazar-i-Sharif. “When we report on abuse, we are careful to follow up and stay in contact with those who want to tell their story through the media.”She went on to say that the media outlet also works to help get the women to safety, including, if necessary, to the local women’s shelter.“I would also say that when it comes to sexual harassment, female journalists know a lot about this problem,” adds Ms. Rasoly, who heads up the regional bureau of the Afghan Journalists Safety Committee. “In Afghanistan, if a woman or girl tells her story, she can be saddled with a stigma for life.”Though women in developed countries are also subject to ostracism and further abuse for speaking out, in Afghanistan that can also be accompanied by societal perceptions that the violations of a women or girl have tainted her for life. She, in turn, can be abandoned by her own family.The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has taken a special interest in providing support for media organizations keen to help Afghan women, men and marginalized groups tell their stories.Ariana TV reporters in Mazar, seizing on global trends, help expose abuse and violence. Left to Right: Anosha Ansari; Raihana Rasoly; Wahida Faizy. Photo: Philip Smucker The theme for the 2017 campaign is “Leave No One Behind.” Civil society activists across the world, including those in Afghanistan, are calling for all governments to use laws and policies as tools to confront and punish the perpetrators of violence against women, and better protect everyone. Led by UN Women, the agency leading the global effort for gender equality, which also works on the ground in Afghanistan, the UN focuses attention on vulnerable groups.Relentless fighting in the hinterlands of Afghanistan prevents reporters, including the team of women at Ariana TV, from covering the issue from the countryside where vulnerable groups are at their greatest risk.“When we hear stories about rape or torture in the villages and try to report them in the villages, we are often stopped by elders or militants from gaining access to the story,” says Wahida Faizi, an Ariana TV reporter. “I would also add that women are sometimes more muted when they know they can be killed just for speaking out about violence and abuse against women in the countryside.”UNAMA has a mandate to support the Government of Afghanistan and its citizens in a shared goal of becoming a stable, open, and peaceful nation. This feature piece is meant to tell a human interest story related to how Afghanistan and the UN are working together to overcome the many challenges to achieving this goal. read more

Bahamas Met Department still monitoring Hurricane Jose

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 12, 2017 – Nassau – The National Hurricane Centre is advising that based on its latest models, when Hurricane Jose completes it loop on Friday, September 15, 2017, it will be pointed more towards the Carolinas and Virginia, USA.   This suggests that Hurricane Jose will pose much less of a threat to The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands this coming weekend or early next week.The Bahamas Department of Meteorology will, however, continue to monitor the movement of Jose, because looping hurricanes have, in the past, not conformed to the suggested forecast tracks and Jose is still too close in proximity to The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands to not be of a concern.The centre of the storm was located about 435 miles north-northeast of Grand Turk Island.    It is moving towards the east near 6mph and this motion is expected to continue today (Sept 12).    Turn towards the southeast is expected followed by a turn towards the southwest by Wednesday (Sept 13).Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 75mph with higher gusts.    Some additional weakening is possible during the next day or so and Jose could weaken to a tropical storm later today.For more information contact: Lindsay Thompson, Public Information Officer, NEMA at (242) 322-6081. 322-6085. 361-5569. Email:  Website: Facebook: NEMA-BahamasPress Release: BIS Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Burgerville launches rewards program

first_imgVancouver-based Burgerville entered the rewards program arena Tuesday with the launch of its new Burgerville Card.Designed to entice patrons to spend money in exchange for points ($1 equals one point), the card can be used at any of the chain’s 39 restaurants in Washington and Oregon. Burgerville is one of the nation’s first fast-food chains to offer such a program, according to a company press release.However, the rewards concept is not new among retailers, who use it to draw customers with discounts or free goods while gathering data about clientele. Grocery chains such as Safeway and Fred Meyer have used suchprograms for years. Burgerville Card members can elect to be profiled by registering their card online and receiving five bonus points.Membership in the program is free and offers a variety of benefits, such as a free birthday milkshake or smoothie. Ten reward points buys a coffee or soft drink and 30 points gets a jar of Burgerville spread. Members can exchange 40 points for the Tillamook cheeseburger or the Yukon and white bean basil burger. In addition to redeeming points for food, with 100 points, card members can choose to make a $10 donation to one of Burgerville’s charities. Burgerville, which operates in Washington and Oregon, has long marketed socially responsible policies, such as buying locally grown and produced ingredients and efforts to compost and recycle food and packaging waste.last_img read more

MRPS chief calls on Kishan Reddy

first_imgHyderabad (NSS): Madiga Reservation Porata Samithi president (MRPS) Manda Krishna Madiga called on senior State BJP leader and Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy here on Sunday and urged him to help expedite the process of categorization of scheduled castes. Later, speaking to the media, the MRPS leader alleged that some selfish elements were politicizing the SC categorization issue with an intention to get publicity in the media. Reiterating that the SC community would be strengthened only after their categorization, Krishna Madiga said that the Mala brethren should realise the fact that the classification of the SC community would fetch them more benefits. Expressing the hope that the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre would take up the issue favourably, the MRPS leader said senior BJP leaders like Kishan Reddy and Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu were backing their demand.last_img read more